Clinical evaluation of the effectiveness of a new orthotic device for the non-operative treatment of scoliosis

Kap-Soo Han, Gi-Wook Kim, Seung-Rok Kang, Myoung-Hwan Ko, Jeong-Hwan Seo
2020 Technology and Health Care  
Bracing is one of the oldest non-operative treatments for patients with scoliosis. However, a wide variety of braces is used, and some show no effect, while others show conflicting results. We aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a new orthotic device for the treatment of adult scoliosis. Twenty adult patients who were diagnosed with scoliosis and qualified for the study were selected and all participants were treated for 12 hours/day for 12 weeks using a new orthotic device. Various efficacy
more » ... e. Various efficacy assessments (Cobb's angle, spine length, pelvic angle, shoulder angle, thoracic angle, lumbar angle, pelvic sacral angle) were performed before and after the 12-week treatment. The values at each time point were compared. There were significant treatment effects in a time-dependent manner on every efficacy assessment (p< 0.05) after 12 weeks of bracing. In this clinical study, it was demonstrated that a new brace that is more comfortable for the wearer reduced scoliosis and may be a useful option for non-operative treatment of scoliosis.
doi:10.3233/thc-209023 pmid:32364155 fatcat:sywpbbbqxzbcjpkk32fdi34dcm