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Spinecor Brace

Spinecor is the most advanced non-surgical treatment of scoliosis which has proven it's efficacy through long term studies published on peer reviewed journal.  Spinecor is an FDA approved orthopedic device which improves upon traditional treatment by decreasing patient discomfort and increasing patient safety and compliance rate.

Because Spinecor allows freedom of movement, compliance rate is much higher than rigid braces.  Spinecor is cooler to wear during summer, has better cosmesis, and has minimal impact on daily life as wearers can participate in virtually any sports while wearing the brace.

The SpineCor system is a flexible brace that is principally prescribed for Idiopathic Scoliosis patients with a Cobb angle between 15° and 50° and Risser sign 0 to 3.  The brace is fitted on the patient in accordance to a sub-classification of the traditional SRS definition of curve types.  The SpineCor Assistant Software guides the treatment provider through the fitting process.  The brace is prescribed to be worn by the patients 20 out of 24 hours per day until they have reached maturity, with radiological evaluations performed prior to and immediately following the fitting of the brace, and every 4 to 6 months afterwards.  To accommodate for growth and postural changes, corrective bands need to be adjusted frequently and require replacement each 6-12 months for optimum brace performance.  Major brace components can last from 1.5 - 2 years.  A patient manual is provided that guides the patient in properly wearing the brace, as well as maintenance.  The SpineCor brace must only be fitted by a SpineCor accredited practitioner who has attended 4 days of intensive training and fitted a minimum number of patients under supervision.  It is also suggested that prescribing doctors attend some training in order to effectively monitor and manage this treatment using very different treatment principles and protocols.  

INDICATIONS 

The SpineCor System was designed, developed, and tested for the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis.  Its efficacy for treating neuromuscular, neurological and other types of scoliosis has not been evaluation and is generally contraindicated. 

CONCEPT 

The therapeutic approach is based on the etiology and pathogenesis of idiopathic scoliosis and uses a new treatment concept.  It is a pathology of the neuro-musculoskeletal system in growth and maturation.  The cause is genetic, and the pathogenesis involves a three-dimensional deformation of the spine, postural disorganization, unsynchronized growth and particular movement pattern of the body.  

DIAGNOSIS

In order to obtain an accurate diagnosis, that would specify a particular class and subclass for the patient, the evaluation combines a clinical exam, radiological and postural evaluation.  

TREATMENT  

A specific corrective movement is performed, and the brace is applied according to the SpineCor Assistant Software instructions. The moderate tension in the elastic bands allows the repetition and amplification of the corrective movement as the child undertakes everyday activities. This results in a progressive curve reduction.  The brace is worn 20 hours out of 24. The four hours out of the brace must not be taken at once, usually the patient divides them into two breaks: morning and evening.  Sports are to be encouraged and done while wearing the brace.   To obtain a neuro-muscular integration of the new strategy of movement, the minimum duration of the treatment is 18 months.  Because of the progressive changes, absence of external support during the treatment, and intact muscles, there is no loss of correction after the brace discontinuation.  Physical therapy is NOT a necessity in the SpineCor program (SpineCor itself may be considered a physiotherapy 20 hours out of 24).  However, when the patient is willing to undergo a physio program, or a faster consolidation of the reduction of the curve is desired, the Global Postural Re-education (GPR) program is considered.  For the patients at the beginning of the treatment, the physio is carried out with the brace on; for the patients in the weaning period the exercises are done without the brace.  

PROGNOSIS  

To really change the natural progression of idiopathic scoliosis, it is essential to reduce the curvature enough to eliminate the negative impact of abnormal biomechanics and growth.  Therefore, it is possible to achieve a complete or almost complete correction of moderate curves, if the treatment is started before the main growth spurt (before Risser 1 and menarche).  In curves over 30 degrees of Cobb angle, or when the treatment started during or after the main growth spurt, the goal of the treatment is a stabilization of the deformity.  The therapeutic success is possible in more than 80% of cases.  The reference reducibility calculated as early as at 3/4 months of treatment, is useful in defining the prognosis.  However, for individual prognoses, the impact of the severity of the bone deformation, pattern of the growth and compliance must be considered.

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