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.