Scoliosis brace treatment is recommended by most physicians for adolescent patients with the potential for growth with moderate scoliosis 25º or more, or for younger adolescents, with a curve above 20º.
Bracing has been a topic of considerable debate in recent years, but with last year’s publication of the BrAIST (Bracing in Adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis Trial) : “Effects of Bracing in Adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis” that conversation has quieted. If your child has growth potential and a moderate or severe curve, as unappealing as the idea is, bracing is in their best interest.
Traditionally, the goal of bracing for scoliosis has been to halt progression. However, Chêneau bracing from Europe, by Weiss, has improved bracing and strives to bring about improved postural appearance and curve improvement whenever possible. In our experience, this rigid TLSO is the best choice for scoliosis bracing. It is a Schroth method compatible brace that offers advantages over other types of braces.
However, Dr. Moramarco does work with local orthotists and also those from around the country who fit braces skillfully. This method offers an optimal team management approach for the benefit of patients, no matter which brace parents decide upon for their child. Success with other types of braces and our Schroth method program are attainable. This is illustrated in the results of patients treated before we began to offer the Gensingen brace® in the U.S..
We understand that each family and child has unique needs. Dr. Moramarco will offer his expertise and help guide your family for the best possible alternative for scoliosis treatment that aligns with your family’s needs.
Bracing is not only a science, but also an art. We can’t stress the importance of brace fit enough. It makes a difference when it comes to comfort, effect and compliance. The right physician, scoliosis rehabilitation program, brace and brace technician are of utmost importance to your child in terms of their physical appearance and Cobb angle measurements at skeletal maturity.
Our sole focus is to help your child avoid progression, or better yet, decrease progression. Incorporating the right brace and conservative therapy, sooner rather than later, is, according to our clinical experience, in your child’s best interest.