Objectives This study aimed to analyze the trends of Korean traditional medicine treatment for idiopathic scoliosis.
Methods We searched clinical studies used Korean traditional medicine for idiopathic scoliosis in 4 Korean online databases ‘Koreanstudies Information Service System’, ‘Earticle’, ‘Oriental Medicine Advanced Searching Integrated System’, ‘Research Information Sharing Service’. We selected 18 studies and analyzed their characteristics according to author, publication year, number/sex/age of patient, treatment period, intervention, outcome measure and result.
Results Eighteen case report studies were selected by criteria and randomized controlled trials were not found. The most frequently used therapy was Chuna therapy. Cobb's angle was most commonly used outcome measure.
Conclusions In this study, we reviewed studies used Korean traditional medicine treatments for idiopathic scoliosis. However, evidence is limited because all selected studies were case reports. This study suggests that further clinical studies are needed to provide higher evidence about Korean traditional medicine treatment for idiopathic scoliosis. (J Korean Med Rehabil 2020;30(4):55-64)