Volume 7 Supplement 1

8th International Conference on Conservative Management of Spinal Deformities and SOSORT 2011 Annual Meeting

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Controversial Issue Session: Brace treatment in infantile scoliosis: brace treatment problems

  • FJ Sánchez Pérez-Grueso1
Scoliosis20127(Suppl 1):O75


Published: 27 January 2012

Orthotic treatment of infantile scoliosis represents a challenge:
  1. 1.

    Most of them are progressive

  2. 2.

    Different etiologies

  3. 3.

    Associated diseases

  4. 4.

    Smaller size anatomy

  5. 5.

    Immature rib cage



1. Braces

• Do not provide immediate correction

• Treatment aimed to “hold” the spine and prevent further progression

• Risk of chest deformity in case of braces constricting the thorax

• Literature does not support the efficacy of braces in the treatment of infantile scoliosis

• Poor compliance (Parents)

2. Casts/Braces under traction

• Provide correction. Sometimes scoliosis can be reversed by early treatment with serial corrective plaster jackets in children with mild curves and at an early age (under age two)

• Immature rib cage often deforms before significant correction is transmitted to the spine

• May provoke skin problems

• They may reduce the deformity but not reverse it

• Main goal: delay surgery as much as possible

• Braces under traction diminish cast complications with the same efficacy in the long term

Authors’ Affiliations

Hospital de la Paz


© Sánchez Pérez-Grueso; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012

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