While much of the clinical research on the SpineCor brace has been done on the effectiveness for the treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, there are also studies that have been done on the use of SpineCor for adult scoliosis. These studies suggest that SpineCor is not only an excellent tool to help adults with scoliosis relieve their pain, but it’s also effective in helping reduce adult curves to some degree.
Here are a sample of those studies:
A retrospective Study of 23 Adults Treated for Scoliosis Using the Spinecor Orthosis
by Dr. Marc Lamantia, D.C. and Dr. Gary Deutchman, D.C.
This study examined the effectiveness of using SpineCor as a non-surgical treatment to reduce adult scoliosis curvature magnitude. The study examined 23 adults with scoliosis between the ages of 18 and 65 who were fitted with the SpineCor brace were followed overtime with X-ray assessment. Patients were separated into three groups based on curvature location: Thoracic (T), Thoracolumbar (TL) and Lumbar (L). T-tests were performed using the initial and follow-up Cobb measurements of AP radiographs for each of the three groups. The maximum (T) reduced from 94 degrees to 77 degrees (-12.2%) following a minimum of three months of treatment. The maximum (TL) measurement reduced from 31 degrees to 23 degrees (-13.4%), and the (L) minimum reduced from 17 degrees to 11.1 degrees (-15.3%). The patients in the “Thoracic” group (n = 20) had a mean average change of -5.27 degrees. The “Thoracolumbar” group (n = 3) had a mean average change of -6.0 degrees. The Lumbar group (n = 15) had a mean average change of -4.40 degrees.
Conclusion: These findings suggest the use of SpineCor flexible orthosis is an effective tool in the management of adult scoliosis.
SpineCor Study on Adult Scoliosis In SOSORT
by Christine Coillard, M.D. and Loise Marcotte, D.C.
Adult patients with scoliosis are offered little hope for rehabilitation and pain relief by health care professionals. Long term use of non-steriodal anti-inflamatory and pain medication has proven harmful. Rigid bracing is only rarely used due to its often disappointing results. Surgery is only reserved for the most serious cases and mainly to preserve vital functions. Conservative management has also had poor outcome often due to long-term patient compliance.
Long-term treatment of Adult Scoliosis with The SpineCor Pain Relief Back Brace deserves more attention. SpineCor offers a wide variety of combinations to improve posture. Its primary therapeutic goal is relief of pain while reducing the mechanical strain on the neuromusculoskeletal system, which would only with time, aggravate of the condition. The brace acts as a dynamic support to offload the spinal joints, therefore protecting the misaligned spine from the compressive forces of gravity, while the resistive elastic bands reinforce the core musculature to an overall better postural alignment.
A long-term study was made on 30 adult scoliosis patients, 26 females and 4 males, aged between 18 and 69. All suffered enough chronic back pain to seek treatment and were fitted with a SpineCor Pain Relief Back Brace. Data over an 18 to 28 months time frame was collected while the patients were actively wearing their brace.
The overall improvement in the perception of pain by the adult scoliotic patients was 77% and this appeared to remain stable with time. Half of them reported having complete resolution of their symptoms.
Conclusion: These results suggest that the SpineCor Pain relief Back Brace is a promising conservative method for the long-term management of scoliosis in the adult population as it significantly reduces their pain status and improves their well being.
Other Studies and Scholarly Articles done on the effectiveness of SpineCor for Adult Scoliosis
Marcotte, L., Coillard, C., Dion, P. and Rivard, CH. The Treatment of Adult Scoliosis Utilising the SpineCor Dynamic Corrective Brace. Oral presentation to the Quebec Scoliosis Society, 2009
Marcotte, L., Coillard, C., Dion, P. et Rivard CH. The Treatment of Adult Scoliosis Utilizing the SpineCor Dynamic Corrective Brace. from 6th International Conference on Conservative Management of Spinal Deformities Lyon, France. 21 – 23 May 2009; Scoliosis 2009, 4(Suppl 2):O52.
Marcotte, L., Coillard, C., Dion, P. et Rivard CH. The treatment of Hyperkyphosis utilizing the SpineCor® Dynamic Corrective Brace: some preliminary results. from 6th International Conference on Conservative Management of Spinal Deformities Lyon, France. 21 – 23 May 2009 ; Scoliosis. 2009:4(Suppl 2): O56.
Marcotte, L., Rivard, CH. and Coillard, C. Adult scoliosis and the SPINECOR® dynamic brace: some early results on efficiency from 5th International Conference on Conservative Management of Spinal Deformities Athens, Greece. 3–5 April 2008; Scoliosis 2009, 4(Suppl 1):O56.
McAviney, J. A Multicenter multinational retrospective case series analysis on the Use of the SpineCor brace for treating pain related to adult scoliosis. Oral presentation to the British Scoliosis Society, 2010 24th April.
McAviney, J. and Pappas, T. Treating Adult Scoliosis and Back Pain with the SpineCor Pain Relief Back Brace. from 6th International Conference on Conservative Management of Spinal Deformities Lyon, France. 21 – 23 May 2009; Scoliosis 2009, 4(Suppl 2):O67.