Sagittal spinal profile changes in scoliotic children during the brace treatment
© Chekryzhev et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009
Published: 14 December 2009
Correction of the sagittal spinal profile is important in scoliosis brace treatment. There are few papers that evaluate the sagittal spine evolution during the brace treatment. We suggest that the brace treatment reduces thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis to normal values.
To study the sagittal spinal profile evolution in scoliotic patients during brace treatment.
Materials and methods
Forty four scoliosis patients (10 boys, 34 girls) who were treated with a Cheneau brace were enrolled. The age range was 9-16 years old. The Cobb angle of the major curve ranged from 22° to 56°. Sagittal spine profile was evaluated with a diagnostic tool called the "Spinal Mouse" before and during the brace treatment.
Evolution of the sagittal profile in scoliosis patients during brace treatment
After 3-4 months
In our investigation we observed the flattening of the sagittal spine profile during brace treatment. Posterior expansion room forming at the thoracic spine and pressure zones forming at the lumbar spine is not enough for good control of the sagittal spine profile in the Cheneau brace.
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