On September 16, 1998, at an orthopedics symposium in New York City, Dr. Christine Coillard and Dr. Charles Rivard, pediatric surgeons from Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal, presented clinical findings on a promising, new, therapeutic approach for idiopathic scoliosis. Drs. Coillard and Rivard had long concurred that bracing was the most conservative option available for children with minor scoliosis. However, they also realized the challenges presented by a child’s growth patterns as well as his or her physical and psychological need for normal mobility. Their studies were based upon these challenges, and as a result of their research, the SpineCor bracing system evolved. Together with their team of researchers from anthropology, biomechanics, and physiotherapy they seek to minimize the three dimensional deformity of scoliosis by addressing what they believe to be four important aspects of the condition, deformation of the spine, postural disorganization, muscle dysfunction, and unsynchronized growth.
The benefits of the SpineCor brace are that it allows patients four hours per day out of brace, and provides total freedom of movement. The brace is more easily concealed under clothing, is more comfortable and cooler to wear, and is less restrictive. SpineCor has no side effects from muscle atrophy which may be caused by rigid bracing, and excellent treatment results, particularly when treatment is started early.