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 5 years ago, she had a 48 degree curve with several high-growth years ahead of her. Madie hated 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 is usually 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. But, we saw improvement almost immediately with the SpineCor brace.”
Results: In Madie’s case, the SpineCor Brace was the ideal solution for her to correct her curve and avoid spinal fusion surgery – the path her orthopedist had put her on after initially diagnosing her at a 41 degree curve and prescribing the rigid Boston Brace. The Boston Brace was not a solution for a couple of reasons. Primarily, Madie eventually refused to wear it because of how uncomfortable and embarrassing it is for a pre-teen to wear. Secondly, she was at the beginning of a high-growth phase, which would mean that the brace would fit only briefly, compromising its effectiveness. Finally, the Boston brace would not allow for Madie to engage in activities, such as sports and exercise – which would also contribute to muscle atrophy. This could destabilize her spine-supporting muscles and lead to an increased curvature. The dynamic (flexible) SpineCor Brace, conversely allows for full-motion and is much more comfortable to wear. Furthermore, she could wear SpineCor under her clothing. “Research has proven that full time decompression of scoliosis through bracing is the only treatment that can work in growing children. We can help these children with Spinecor bracing because of the advantages it has over rigid systems, and because it allows for treating younger children with smaller curves, which are usually told to wait and see. That’s not a treatment direction we recommend.”