The Effect of Halo Gravity Traction Application on Trunk Visual Perception in Severe and Rigid Kyphoscoliosis Patients


  • Kemal Paksoy Department of Neurosurgery, Bahçelievler Memorial Hospital, Istanbul, Taskent Cad. 13/4 06500 Bahcelievler, Ankara, Turkey



Introduction: Severe and rigid kyphoscoliosis creates serious cardiopulmonary and neurological problems in patients. Self-ego and body perception deteriorate due to scoliosis. Our aim in the study was to evaluate the effect of halo gravity traction application on trunk visual perception as well as provide solutions to the basic problems that may occur in kyphoscoliosis. Methods: Eleven patients diagnosed with advanced and rigid kyphoscoliosis with a mean age of 20.5 years who underwent halo gravity traction between 2019 and 2020 were included in our study. The trunk visual perception scale was used to evaluate the perception of patients about trunk deformities before and after traction. Cobb angle values were examined. Results: The mean coronal Cobb angle before traction was 95.9 ° ± 8.3 °, after the traction, it was 88.4 ° ± 6.6 °, the mean pre-traction sagittal cobb angle was 85.2 ° ± 8.2 °, and after the traction, it was 79.2 ° ± 7.6 °. Statistically, these changes were significant (p <0.05). In the anterior body perception evaluation, the mean score before the procedure was 1.294 ± 0.469 and after the procedure, it was 1.764 ± 0.5622. The posterior body perception was 1.117 ± 0.3321 and after the procedure, it was 2.176 ± 0.6359. The changes in body perception assessment from the front and the back were statistically significant (p <0.05). Conclusion: Halo gravity traction can have a positive effect on the perception they have about trunk deformities, together with providing solutions to the basic problems of patients with rigid and advanced kyphoscoliosis. In addition, it has a positive effect on radiological deformity.   


Halo Gravity Traction, The Trunk Appearance Perception Scale, Kyphoscoliosis


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Paksoy, K. (2023). The Effect of Halo Gravity Traction Application on Trunk Visual Perception in Severe and Rigid Kyphoscoliosis Patients. Malaysian Journal of Medical Research (MJMR), 7(2), 14-21.