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Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 03:27

I have the honour to invite you to participate in the 10th SOSORT (Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment) Annual Meeting.

SOSORT as the Study Group on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment came into being in 2004 during the first Barcelona Meeting, which featured scientists and clinicians working in the field of the conservative treatment of spinal deformities. Due to the lack of an international society addressing the topic, participants of the meeting decided to create a scientific society and a journal that would enable presenting and popularizing the knowledge of non-operative treatment of spinal deformities. During the 2nd meeting in Milan in 2005 the first Consensus Meeting was held, developing three key topics: bracing, exercises and reasons for treatment. After the success of the Milan meeting, its participants decided that the study group will be transformed into a scientific society and will organize annual conferences. The conference in Poznań in 2006 was the first regular annual conference of SOSORT held along with workshops and an educational session for students.  The official journal of the society was set up and named Scoliosis (www.scoliosisjournal.com). Since then the number of SOSORT members and conference participants has increased. The conferences are held in Europe and every three years on the American continent. In 2006 participants from 17 countries took part in the Annual Meeting. This year’s conference (Wiesbaden 2014) was attended by representatives of 41 countries.

For years SOSORT has been cooperating with other societies, in particular with IRSSD (The International Research Society of Spinal Deformities), with which a joint conference in Canada is planned for 2016.

At present, the consensus of conservative scoliosis treatment is being created in cooperation with SRS (Scoliosis Research Society) experts. During the conference in Katowice we will host not only leading specialists – members of SOSORT, but also the SRS President and the Chair of the Non-Operative Committee of SRS.


I would also like to invite all those who are interested in the topic of conservative treatment of spinal deformities, particularly doctors and physiotherapists for the 5th SOSORT Educational Course, which will be held as a Pre-Meeting. The course will be conducted by leading specialists from all over the world.

I would like most warmly to invite to active participation not only SOSORT experts, but all scientists and professionals interested in the topic of non-operative scoliosis treatment.

See you in Katowice during scientific disputes, presentations and extra attractions planned for the conference.

Local Host

Jacek Durmala MD, PhD

Another time for SOSORT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stéfano Négrini   
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 13:40

I wish to thank you all for the kind words and consideration.

I strongly believe that this was the best SOSORT Meeting ever, even if I believe it will be surpassed by Katowice, like it always happened in the past, being the last the best Meeting. As always, mistakes can have been done, but they were not important. I think that creating guidelines for future meetings and educational courses will help preventing these mistakes for the future.

We had some discussions among the founders, and the overall perception of many of us are resumed in these random sentences that have been given by some of us:

  • the train is out of the station
  • the adolescent has grown in a young adult
  • we are in front of the world now
  • SOSORT cannot be stopped any more
  • the Society has its own life now

These sentences all converge on the same point: the young kid SOSORT has grown up, and now begins to have its own life.

This is joint with my personal perception (that I think is again shared by other founders - specifically Manuel) that it is now time to give space to new forces. My perception is not only that the Society needs new "pushing" people (not people "to be pushed", like Manuel said), but also that we have to give space to these new forces without interfering with them (only helping from outside).

Saturday afternoon, when I was fiercely fighting for my ideas like I've done so many times in the past, I clearly felt that I was in the wrong position: my contribution had to be given, but others had to decide now.

In my view we, the founders, have the attitude of people that had to defend the positions and the little kid. Now the Society is in another phase: it needs youg forces and the attitude of developing standards, facing and strenghtening the growth, searching for new developments while strongly grounding on our established roots. For this, I believe that we, the founders, have to give space to the new people in the Board, while giving our full support of knowledge and undestanding, but without figthing for our "old views" that could in the end be counterproductive.


Only, please let me point one last time to our best roots: evidence, and friendship.

  1. Evidence. My friends, if we have one reason for this first victory of having established a Society is the fight for evidence that we all had: now the literature in this field is again growing, and this is due to us, to SOSORT. Strongly remain in the field of evidence. This is the fight I will continue to do for our Society: I will continuously be back on this at any time in which I will in any way perceive any other force (usually politics and personal power) will detach our group from evidence. I'm sorry for this, but like for many other points in the past, you will have to stand me in my fight for evidence... I believe that this will be the best contribution I can give to the Society for the future
  2. Friendship. In the end, we are all friend. We figthed a lot, but with respect one for the other. We discussed, but we are real friends because we had a construction to be built together. In these years we smoothed our differences, while maintaining them. This is a way that must be continued

So, my youngest friends in the Board, please go !

It's your time: I personally will be always with SOSORT, but now it's another time for the Society, and I'm really happy that it has come.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 October 2014 15:12
Scoliosis Journal
Written by Theodoros B. Grivas   
Sunday, 19 January 2014 00:00

With this communication I would like to update you about the recent activity in our journal.

A) As you probably noticed we published the SRS article:

Screening for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: an information statement by the scoliosis research society international task force

Labelle H, Richards SB, De Kleuver M, Grivas TB, Luk KDK, Wong HK, Thometz J, Beauséjour M et al.

Scoliosis 2013, 8:17 (31 October 2013)

This was succeeded, first of all, due to the harmonious collaboration of SOSORT and SRS, and secondary due to journal’s EiC intense efforts to convince the group of co-authors who had diverse ideas for the target journal (Initially this was submitted to Lancet, but the publication would have taken ages to be published. Spine Deformity and JBJS–A were also different options put on the table as a target journals for publication). The article was finally published in our journal! The high visibility of this article can be checked

B) In the SRS website the Manual of Brace Treatment for Idiopathic Scoliosis


includes the European Braces (there is a link to the URL of Scoliosis Journal Brace technology thematic series).

This is one additional important SOSORT achievement!

However the Annotated Bibliography in this section of the SRS website needs updating and inclusion of the literature published in “Scoliosis” and other non-USA journals.

We have to work on this systematically and continuously as we have done for the above succeeded goals.


Last Updated on Sunday, 19 January 2014 11:06
10th SOSORT Annual Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jacek Durmala   
Sunday, 22 May 2011 16:55

Welcome to Katowice all SOSORT members and guests !

The Local Organizing Committee, the International Scientific Committee, welcome all of our most distinguished researchers of the field of conservative treatment of scoliosis to the 12th International Conference on Conservative Management of Spinal Deformities, 10th SOSORT Annual Meeting.

Katowice (Poland)    Wednesday, May 6 through Saturday, May 9

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 03:48
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Thursday, 11 February 2010 20:06

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