Idiopathic Scoliosis is principally a lateral curvature, combined with a corkscrew like rotation of the spine. The progression of curves is dependent of several factors but is mainly influenced by age and flexibility of the spine. Idiopathic Scoliosis is not only a 3D deformation of the spine, but also involves postural disorganization, growth disharmony, and neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunction.
The SpineCor brace is the first and only dynamic brace, which provides a progressive correction of Idiopathic Scoliosis from 15 degree Cobb angles and above. It preserves normal body movement and growth allowing normal activities of daily living. It is worn comfortably and easily under normal clothing, increasing patient treatment acceptance and compliance.
In order to fit the brace, during the first visit we perform the following evaluations:
- Clinical Evaluation: To evaluate a patient's growth pattern and any postural abnormalities.
- X-ray Evaluation: Recent X-rays of a patient's spine need to be studied to evaluate the type of curve and its potential for progression. Some new pre-bracing X-rays may need to be taken, depending on films already available.
- Evaluation of Postural Disorganization: Visual evaluation of a patient's spine with measurements using a plumbline, protractor, ruler and Scoliometer.
- SpineCor Assistant Software (SAS): A computer will record data from all evaluations and calculate a patient's specific curve classification necessary to fit the brace. The SAS will also specify brace fitting details.
Once the brace is fitted, we will evaluate the changes to a patient's spine and posture, a new in brace X-ray is required to confirm the results. At the end of the visit, we explain how to fit and take off the brace, making sure the patient can properly put on the brace with no assistance.
The Brace is worn for 20 hours per day. The 4 hour break period should be taken in two or more intervals during the least active part of the day, The brace must be worn while sleeping.
The length of treatment will depend on the severity of the curve and its evolution, but it is always a minimum of 18 months. It is usually worn until skeletal maturity which is determined most frequently by Riser sign. The final examination includes an X-ray with the patient being out of brace for at least 48 hours.
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