March 14th, 2013
The revolutionary SpineCor system for scoliosis will soon become the primary conservative management for scoliosis in the Carribean. Dr. Charles Isadore of Castries, St. Lucia will be offering the system at his clinic. Dr. Tom Pappas of Scoliosis Specialists will be in St. Lucia training providers on the SpineCor brace and protocol.
SpineCor Scoliosis Brace is the first and only truly dynamic brace, which provides a progressive correction of Idiopathic Scoliosis. Traditional rigid braces are non-dynamic and create muscle atrophy.
Dr. Pappas has been working with scoliosis for over 15 years and training providers on scoliosis management for over 5 years, and is considered one of the most knowledgeable sources on conservative management of scoliosis. Along with bracing, specific exercises will be discussed.
Recent research has shown that bracing with a dynamic brace along with SpineCor exercises can reduce a curve degree. The SpineCor Physiotherapy Program has been designed to complement the action of the brace and reinforce the principles of the treatment. Precise exercises have been designed for each type of scoliosis curve, according to the specific spine deformation and postural disorganization of the patient.
To take advantage of this opportunity and to schedule an appointment, please call Dr. Isadore’s office at (758) 572-6000. Please note that appointment time is very limited. Dr. Isadore will be seeing scoliosis patients with Dr. Pappas from March 25th - 27th.
December 14th, 2012
The new SpineCor® Pain Relief Back Brace is a neuro-muscular-skeletal rehabilitation tool for treating abnormal spinal loading and abnormal posture; it is not a simple back support brace.
Modes of action:
• Corrective movements gently guide the posture and spinal alignment in an optimal direction.
• The elastic corrective bands act to resist the body’s movement back to the abnormal position.
• This constant “correction, relaxation, correction, relaxation” is in reality a corrective postural exercise.
• The brace is able to put a patient’s body through 10’s of 1000’s of repetitions per day instead of the10-50 repetitions that are typical with other rehabilitation techniques.
• It creates dynamic spinal offloading and neuromuscular rehabilitation with the ultimate goal of neuromuscular integration.
October 10th, 2012
Post-treatment results (Euro Spine 2004)
At 2 years follow-up there was an overall correction of greater than 5° for 55% of the patients, 38% had a stabilization and 7% had worsened by more than 5°. This initial cohort of patients demonstrated a general trend of initial decrease in spinal curvature in brace, followed by a correction and/or stabilization at the end of treatment, which was maintained through 1, and 2 years’ follow-up.
SpineCor is the first dynamic flexible brace for the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis. Scoliosis specialists are the largest certified providers of SpineCor in the United States for both adults and children with scoliosis.
June 29th, 2012
Treatment Principles-Adult Scoliosis should be cared for by a physician or chiropractor. Due to the nature of the adult spine, treatment should be based on a comprehensive evaluation which should include an Orthopedic/Neurological examination, recent upright X-rays and functional assessment exams. The Spinecor Adult Brace can be used to create spinal translation designed to de-weight the adult spine. However, chronic inflammatory condtions, arthritis, stenosis, and spondylosis must also be carefully considered when applying the orthosis. Principles of neuro-muscular-reeducation are employed to reduce chronic pain cycles, and improve muscle memory in postural restoration.
Treatment Objectives- Adult Scoliosis treatment is designed to improve activities of daily living (ADLs) and to provide pain relief. Curvature reduction through improved postural stability may also be a considered objective. Changes in bone shape are not realistic in the adult spine.
Treatment Outcomes-Patient satisfaction surveys confirm adult patients Strongly Recommend our program to other adults with Scoliosis.
Treatment Protocols-The Adult Spinecor brace wearing schedule varies depending upon the patients co-morbid conditions and treatment objectives. Typical wearing schedules are day time only to tolerance. Fatigue may limit brace use in the first few months of treatment, however the majority of adults find they can build up to full time wearing within the first 3 months. Patients with chronic active pain syndromes are typically fitted in an Adult configuration designed to de-weight the spine and reduce pain. Changes in brace configuration are based upon clinical measures specific to each patient. Brace fittings designed to restrict and re-educate movement patterns are typically used initially in patients without pain. Patients are typically under care for 24 months, however, some patients continue to be care for and monitored for many years when degeneration and spinal instability are an issue.
Indications- The Spinecor Adult Scoliosis is indicated for Adults with De-Novo (adult onset) Scoliosis, and Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis in Adulthood. Patients who are suffering due to pain, fatigue or weakness as a result of scoliosis are typically considered candidates for bracing. Indications also include those patients interested in improving the cosmetic appearance of their waist angles and ribcage. Patients with respiratory conditions secondary to Scoliosis may also be considered for treatment if there is no significant reduction in vital capacity or blood oxygen levels with the brace properly fitted.
Contraindications- Patients with severe stenosis resulting in neurological deficit may not respond well to Adult Scoliosis Bracing. There are contraindications for patients with recent pathological fracture or unstable spondylolysthesis with neurological deficit. Patients may also be refused treatment if expected outcomes are not reasonably possible
June 29th, 2012
Treatment Objectives-The objective of the Spinecor Brace in Adolescence is to stabilized the spine by re-training movement patterns while holding the spine in a corrected (de-rotated) position. Treatment is applied with the compressive force of gravity and the brace in order to influence the shape of growing bones.
Treatment Protocols-The Spinecor brace if custom fitted and configured specifically for each patient depending upon the location and direction of the scoliosis. Curvatures as small as 10 degrees may be treated at the discretion of the physician or chiropractor. Brace wearing schedules are similar for most adolescence; 20 hours of brace wearing with two breaks separated by 4 hours. Full time wearing is expected within two weeks of the initial fitting. length of treatment depends upon when the diagnosis is made. Females typically wear the brace beginning at diagnosis and ending two years beyond their menses, or when the growth plates are completely fused.
Treatment Outcomes-The Spinecor brace is the only orthosis which has been reported to permanently reverse the curvature associated with Scoliosis. Due to the ease of use, compliance is much higher with Spinecor, as is psychological well being of patients as compared to those who did not receive treatment, or were prescribed a rigid orthosis.
Treatment Indications-Patients diagnosed with Scoliosis from ages 1 thru adolescence with curvatures measuring from 12-50 degrees at the time of diagnosis are considered candidates for bracing. Candidates with smaller curvatures who are less mature are considered ideal, however, individual cases may be accepted on an elective basis with informed consent.
Contraindications- Neuromuscular scoliosis is considered a contraindication, however individual cases may be accepted on an elective basis with informed consent. Patients who experience significant progression (5 degrees or more) on three consecutive follow up evaluations may also be released from care, however individual cases may be exempt from release with informed consent.
June 29th, 2012
SpineCor is a new breakthrough treatment for idiopathic scoliosis utilizing a dynamic corrective brace (DCB), clinical assistant diagnostic software (SAS) and postural measurement equipment (Freepoint). In worldwide clinical use, this new treatment has been shown to be effective in 89% of cases (either by stabilization or improvement in (Cobb) angle of the curve).
The SpineCor treatment approach is completely different to that of traditional 3-point pressure rigid braces; it is the first and only true dynamic bracing system for idiopathic scoliosis. SpineCor unique approach to treatment by global postural re-education has been shown to give progressive correction over time which, unlike any previous brace treatment, is extremely stable post brace weaning.
June 10th, 2012
SpineCor’s unique treatment approach offers improvement over traditional braces, which are essentially static or allow minimal movement, due to its true totally dynamic action. Fundamental research by independent research groups now indicates that a significant dynamic action is required on the spine (vertebral growth plates) to alter the abnormal growth progressing the deformity in scoliosis patients.
The SpineCor treatment approach is completely different to that of traditional braces that use 3-point pressure and distraction; it is the first and only true dynamic bracing system for idiopathic scoliosis. SpineCor’s unique approach to treatment by global postural re-education has been shown to give progressive correction over time which, unlike any previous brace treatment, is extremely stable post brace weaning.
January 23rd, 2011
The Dynamic SpineCor orthosis, developed in 1992-93, uses a specific Corrective Movement which is dependant of the type of the curve. Curve classification was based on the classification of Leroux and Coillard. For the treatment, the curve specific Corrective Movement is performed and the orthosis is applied according to definitions contained in the SpineCor Assistant Software.
All the health providers need to complete a two-phase training course before fitting the SpineCor orthosis. The first phase involves reviewing of all information necessary to understand the “Corrective Movement Principle”, the specific classifications and a workshop to fit the orthosis following these different corrective movements. The second phase consists of fitting the brace at their own practice of at least three or four patients with the help of a recognized trainer.
In order to be effective and to obtain a neuromuscular integration the orthosis must maintain and amplify the corrective movement over time. Additionally, the orthosis must be worn 20 hours a day for a minimum of 18 months to create a neuromuscular integration of the Corrective Movement through active bio feedback. Generally, the orthosis is stopped at skeletal maturity (at least Risser 4).