The Department of Paediatric Orthopaedics and Traumatology at Pomeranian Medical University did a study of SpineCor dynamic Bracing for idiopathic Scoliosis. Orthopaedic bracing is used in conservative treatment of spinal curvatures. Apart from rigid braces, SpineCor dynamic braces with a flexible design have recently become available. The idea behind dynamic bracing is that derotational and correcting forces are transmitted via a system of corrective bands. The essence of this technique is maintenance of spine mobility while effecting a position in which all components of the three-plane deformity are corrected. The aim of this study is to evaluate early outcomes of SpineCor dynamic brace treatment for idiopathic scoliosis according to SRS methodology and criteria.
The study group included 50 patients who were using SpineCor braces due to idiopathic scoliosis. The indication for bracing was the finding of a >15(5) spinal curvature in skeletally immature patients (Risser grade 0-3). Correction or stabilization of the scoliosis (Cobb angle change of +/- 5 degrees ) were recognised as positive outcomes, while a negative outcome was defined as progression of the curve of more than 5 degrees or to a value necessitating operative treatment. The study group was divided into subgroups at enrollment, according to gender and degree of scoliosis.
In the entire study group, correction was demonstrated in 24 patients (48%), stabilization in 14 (28%) and progression in spite of bracing occurred in 7 patients (14%). Five patients in the entire study group (10%) required operative treatment due to rapid curvature progression. SpineCor bracing led to stabilization of scoliosis in the majority of the patients. Introducing the SpineCor brace in patients with a scoliosis angle over 20 degrees and Risser grade 0-3 very effectively prevented curve progression.