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Positive outcome in obese patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis treated with the SpineCor Brace


To compare outcomes of SpineCor brace treatment [1] in AIS patients who were obese with the outcome in patients of normal weight.

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From December 1994, 503 patients were treated using the SpineCor brace. One hundred eighty patients have a definitive outcome. The cohort of patients was divided into two groups according to body habitus. Obese patients were defined as those with a body mass index in the 85th percentile or greater [2]. Assessment of brace effectiveness included 1) number of patients whose curves progressed by ≤5 degrees; 2) number of patients whose curves progressed by ≥6 degrees; 3) number of patients with curves exceeding forty-five degrees at the end of treatment; and 4) number of patients who have been recommended/undergone surgery before skeletal maturity.


The results demonstrate that AIS patients who are obese as well as patients of normal weight, treated by the SpineCor brace, have a positive outcome (62% and 66% of success respectively). This is not the case for overweight AIS patients following orthotic treatment using the three point pressure principle [3].


The results suggested that the use of a dynamic brace to improve scoliotic deformations through a new concept and treatment approach re-establishes spinal function, while preserving body movement and growth without being interfered by body habitus.


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Vachon, V., Circo, A., Coillard, C. et al. Positive outcome in obese patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis treated with the SpineCor Brace. Scoliosis 2 (Suppl 1), S22 (2007).

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