LOC to present findings at SOSORT

LOC clinicians Anna Courtney and George Coles at SOSORT annual conference 2022

LOC clinicians Anna Courtney and George Coles at SOSORT annual conference 2022


LOC to present findings at SOSORT

BY Daisy

03 February 2023

LOC has been accepted to present its scoliosis work at SOSORT’s annual conference from the 1st to 5th May 2023 as part of the SpineWeek Congress in Australia.

SOSORT is the International Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment. It was founded in 2006 with the belief that prevention and conservative management of scoliosis can be effective. This non-profit organisation is dedicated to disseminating evidence-based information about the non-surgical treatment of scoliosis.

The primary focus for this education is SOSORT’s annual conference which is being held this year in Melbourne and for the first time as part of the SpineWeek Congress. SpineWeek brings together over 24 of the world’s top spine-related societies to share their knowledge and research with each other.

LOC submitted three abstracts to SOSORT for consideration to be presented at this year’s Conference. We are delighted that all three have been accepted for oral presentation.

We look forward to presenting our scoliosis treatment findings on the following topics:

  • On-site clinician-led bracing algorithm with short clinical feedback loops lead to significant improvements in bracing outcomes.
  • Assessing the presentation of adolescents seeking bracing treatment in the UK, using Scoliosis Research Society’s bracing guidelines.
  • Can an immediate increase of standing height, when wearing a corrective scoliosis brace, be predictive of in-brace skeletal correction?

LOC’s presentations will be based on the quantitative evidence gathered from hundreds of UK patients since the launch of the LOC Scoliosis Brace. Like several other ‘modern’ braces, LOC's Scoliosis Brace is a Cheneau – Gensingen derivative. We have fine-tuned it based on feedback both from our patients and from spinal consultants we work with to ensure that we are achieving as much skeletal correction as possible in-brace for each patient while making our brace as comfortable as possible to wear.

We now have over one year of patient data on the in-brace curve correction achieved with the LOC Scoliosis Brace – it’s just over 86%.

This compares with Boston braces which achieve 50% and other asymmetric braces that are available in the UK, including the Chenau-Gensingen brace, which achieves around 50-65% correction.

Senior orthotist Jack Choong will be presenting these findings on behalf of LOC. LOC's presentations will be held on the 1st of May 2023, the first day of Spine Week 2023, in Melbourne.

We are looking forward to sharing its results with the thousands of scoliosis specialists expected at the Congress and to spearhead the advance in the management of conservative scoliosis treatment.

Before and After spinal x-rays of a London Orthotic Consultancy patient with 80% in-brace skeletal correction.

LOC patient with 80% in-brace skeletal correction.

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Most of the patients LOC see have what is termed idiopathic scoliosis - which means that there is no known medical cause for the condition. What we do know is that scoliosis tends to occur during periods of rapid body growth and adolescents account for over 80% of all diagnosed cases in children.

The general protocol in the UK is that if an x-ray is taken in-brace, a ‘good’ brace should aim to reduce the original curve by 50%.

At LOC, we often refer patients for a rapid low dose scan to confirm the efficiency of our braces following the fitting. This scan is typically performed at the 2-month mark in other braces, and changes are then made to improve the fit of the brace and the correction in the brace. We have found that a rapid scan gives the clinician a very clear indication as to the correction that will be achieved, whilst ensuring no time is wasted (and therefore correction lost) while waiting for this scan.

Whilst it varies from patient to patient, the LOC Scoliosis Brace offers more than 50% skeletal correction. To the extreme, we have seen corrections exceeding 100% (as below) in the LOC Scoliosis Brace, which is why these braces can be termed ‘over-corrective’. In these instances, it is possible to proceed with reduced brace wearing hours, or if full time bracing is still indicated, the brace can be altered. This ‘over-correction’ gives the wearer the greatest chance at skeletal correction. If for any reason, our clinician is not fully satisfied with the skeletal in-brace correction after receiving the x-ray, the brace will be re-modelled and re-made (free of charge) as part of a multi-colleague meeting – this ensures all our patients are in gold standard braces, whilst not losing any possible corrective time in-brace.

We are pleased to offer a free-of-charge, virtual assessment should you wish to be screened for scoliosis. If we feel a referral to an Orthopaedic Consultant is warranted, we recommend a consultation at The Wimbledon Clinic, Parkside with Mr Darren Lui, Mr Jason Bernard or Mr Tim Bishop. The consultant would arrange the imaging as required. Obviously, you can also seek advice from your family GP.

The operation used to treat severe scoliosis curves is typically spinal fusion surgery; a major procedure that involves moving muscles and realigning the skeleton into place. The curved, deformed vertebrae are fused together into a single bone, putting metal screws and rods into the spine to help straighten it. Surgery typically lasts between 4 and 8 hours depending on the severity of the curve. Bone graft is then taken from other parts of the body and used to cover the implants.

Following the operation, it is necessary to spend around a week in intensive care before returning home and the first few days are often uncomfortable. Most adolescents can expect to return to school from 2-4 weeks following surgery, but pain medication may be required up to 6 weeks following. A full recovery from the procedure can take up to a year, as it can take that long for the spine to heal fully.

Spinal fusion surgery causes the fused portion of the back to become permanently stiff, as a result, returning to sports that require large amounts of flexibility (ballet, yoga, gymnastics, dance) or contact (rugby, football, karate, hockey) may take longer.