Madie Beats Scoliosis With SpineCor
To say that Madie is thrilled with the SpineCor Brace is an understatement. After all, when Madie and her concerned parents came to us, she had a 48 degree curve with several high-growth years ahead of her. Like most children, Madie was non-compliant with the Boston brace because it was uncomfortable and bulky. During that time, Madie’s curve progressed 7 degrees.
In 2012, 7-year-old Madie was referred to Dr. Tom Pappas with Scoliosis Specialists in Chicago by surgeons at St. Justine’s Children’s Hospital in Montreal. She brought her x-ray taken a year prior (left) at 41 degrees. She was fitted with the SpineCor brace in order to correct what had progressed to a 48 degree scoliosis curve.
Dr. Rivard and Dr. Colliard in Montreal recognized the necessity for conservative management. Madie was too young for surgery, which was recommended, and the rigid brace would have led to that. Wearing a rigid brace for 7 years or for any amount of time during adolescent growth and development usually has a bad outcome. "It was crucial that Madie was fitted with a brace that would fit her active lifestyle and be comfortable for her so that she would wear it as prescribed, and allow for neuromuscular development.” said Dr. Pappas. "Madie could not stand the Boston brace and we saw improvement almost immediately with the SpineCor brace."