MANAGEMENT OF SCOLIOSIS IN ORTHOPAEDIA
The end goal of scoliosis treatment is to stabilise the curve, balance the spine and prevent deterioration.
Bracing is a treatment to correct the deformities and promote good muscle strength. Custom (made-to-measure) bracing is prescribed to individuals who suffer from scoliosis as off-the-shelf braces do not serve the purpose of correction.
The following braces are available in Orthopaedia :
1. ScoliBrace is a very effective 3D bracing system suited to larger idiopathic curves 20-60 degrees and non-idiopathic cases. ScoliBrace is created using 3D imaging software called braceScan.
A 3D scan of a patient’s body is taken, and the brace is customised then custom built based on their unique scan and type of scoliosis. ScoliBrace is designed to improve, not just hold scoliosis. In most cases this leads to a reduction of the scoliosis curve and an improvement in the look of the body.
ScoliBrace opens and closes at the front making it easy to wear and remove without assistance.
2. Boston (TLSO) Brace refers to an “underarm” brace. Brace is fitted to child’s body and custom-molded from plastic. Clinician will need to use the traditional plaster to cast the child in order to mold the shape for fabrication. It works by applying a 3-point pressure to the curvature to prevent its progression.
How is the ScoliBrace different to the traditional Boston brace?
Corrective Brace that doesn’t use 3-point pressure but instead uses body positioning to put patient in a “super” corrective posture which works to straighten the curvature. This also leads to better cosmetic improvements.
Developed from a 3-Dimensional perspective to treat Scoliosis that is a 3-Dimensional condition
Works on and retrains the muscles.
Opening of brace is at the front, allows patient’s independence and also helps to focus the forces towards the spine where it is needed.
Lighter in weight.
Stabilising Brace that uses 3-point pressure to hold the scoliosis in place.
The 3-point pressure often lead to muscle atrophy.
Opening of brace is at the back, which makes putting on brace difficult and patients often need assistance.
All braces are worn under clothing, for 23 hours a day. It can be taken off during sports.