The Gensingen Brace by Dr Weiss® is the first orthotic treatment for scoliosis that is evidence-based. It is now prescribed by specialist clinics worldwide as a preferable alternative to surgery providing proven successful outcomes.
The Gensingen brace is the brainchild of Dr Hans-Rudolf Weiss, a third-generation Schroth family – a family with a lifetime’s dedication to the advance of conservative treatment for scoliosis. Dr Weiss has worked tirelessly on brace development since the 1990s.
The ultimate result – The Gensingen Brace by Dr Weiss® - is recognised to be the most effective and most comfortable brace to use in the treatment of scoliosis. In contrast to the so-called ‘hard’ braces which attempt to treat scoliosis by essentially immobilising the patient, the brace guides the body through a gentle corrective movement, realigning the spine and reducing distortions in posture. The design is based on the principle that scoliosis should be addressed in 3 dimensions for the most successful outcomes.
The protocol in the UK, if the Cobb angle is less than 20° then it is normally just monitored. If it’s between 20° and 40° then typically a patient will be referred to an orthotic service for a Boston or a TLSO brace to delay the progression of the curve. According to NHS guidelines, if it’s over 40° then they would be advised to have surgery. To slow the progression of the curve during growth spurts, the Boston and the TLSO brace are prescribed on the NHS. By contrast, the Gensingen Brace by Dr Weiss® actively reduces the curvature by loading the spinal bones 3 dimensionally to change their shape (and thereby reducing the Cobb angle) whilst growth completes. Bracing can also help with pain management, reduce the need for surgery later and improve cosmetic appearance.
The Augmented Lehnert-Schroth classification is used for the selection of the appropriate brace.
Following a patient’s assessment, a series of scans, photographs and measurements are taken by one of our scoliosis clinicians.
Dr Weiss personally designs each brace according to the information LOC provides using his unique evidence-based CAD modelling technique and curve classification approach. LOC also uses CAD/CAM technology to create the positive model and manufacture the scoliosis brace.
The brace is then fitted and fine-tuned by one of our clinicians. We monitor each patient's progress with regular review appointments, typically every 2-3 months. We also welcome communication with our clinical team, we are then able to quickly respond to make brace adjustments as a patient grows, for example.
6 weeks after the brace is fitted we analyse the function and fit of the brace using an in-brace X-ray which is sent to Dr Weiss for review and comment if necessary. Above is a photo sent in by the father of one of our adolescent scoliosis patients going through treatment, which details the improvements in the shape of her curve and rib hump after only six weeks.
We talk to the father of one of our scoliosis patients Ricarda, a thirteen-year-old horse rider and regional kickboxer, about her experience with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and treatment with the Gensingen Brace by Dr Weiss® ... continue reading ...
In year three of school, Daisy’s mum, Sara, noticed something amiss with her posture. “I’m an orthopaedic physiotherapist, so I recognised that something was not quite right and suspected that we might be looking at scoliosis,” she explains ... continue reading ...
LOC recently heard from one of our young patients, Beau, who was diagnosed in 2020 with juvenile idiopathic scoliosis. Beau has embraced her treatment programme wholeheartedly. Her positive outlook and ‘can-do’ attitude are inspiring ... continue reading ...
It is fair to say that Venetia had been through the mill before she came to see us in March. It started about 3 years ago when Venetia kept getting bad cramps at night. Having rejected the quinine prescription suggested by her GP ... continue reading ...
Ariana was examined by LOC physiotherapist and scoliosis expert Deborah Turnbull, who checked her spinal rotation using a scoliometer device that measures how much a rib hump protrudes - known as ‘angle of trunk rotation’ (ATR) ... continue reading ...
LOC first met 11-year-old Yasmin after she found out she had adolescent idiopathic scoliosis quite by chance; an X-ray taken for a chest complaint revealed she had abnormal twisting and curvature of the spine ... continue reading ...
Motivated Angelina is a thirteen-year-old scoliosis patient currently going through Gensingen Brace by Dr Weiss® treatment, here her mother Paola talks to us about her scoliosis journey and her experience with the brace ... continue reading ...
My results are amazing and unexpected, and I am glad that I received the brace through LOC. I am still wearing the brace 18 months later and my back feels even straighter. Thanks to LOC I realised that I wanted to help people with similar if not the same condition as me, so I am now going to Salford University in September to study Orthotics and Prosthetics so I will hopefully be able to help others with Scoliosis as much as LOC has helped me.
If you say something is going to be easy it will be easy and if you say something will be hard it will be hard. So, I'm just going to say that wearing my brace is easy. And as it turns out, it really is.
Sally and Debs have helped remove the stress from our situation. They have given us hope based on their extensive knowledge and expertise.
I had my brace fitted and I was also given a personalised exercise programme to help with my 3D rotation. Not only was I wearing this new brace but I still had my pectus brace on and the amazing orthotists managed to combine the two so they worked together. I really struggled with this at first; however, I kept going and now I’m really glad I did. My scoliosis overcorrected by 10 degrees and I was able to reduce my scoliosis brace wear to 16 hours a day within 6 weeks.
Don’t wait. It’s about the children because they are more likely to be confident in their late teens if you act quickly and support them. We have been lucky because we understand the condition well. That’s one of the main things, to be honest. It was hard work, but it pays off in the end.
I'd highly recommend LOC to anybody. They’re just so interested, which you don't get at many places because adult scoliosis is actually a huge area but there are very few people interested in it.
The brace is very light. Obviously, the first couple of days we were told it was going to be uncomfortable for her, I bought so many pillows! But although the first night was not very comfortable, the second night she got used to it and then she was wearing it all day long and I thought ‘that’s brilliant!’ She was only taking it off for two or three hours to go out with friends or do the exercises, but she didn’t have any problems really.
Debs and Sally are fantastic. I mean, they’ve become like family now. They are extraordinary people and do such good work with these kids, both of them, it’s fantastic. The whole experience has been very good. They make you feel welcome from the beginning, and you can ask as many questions as you want, and they answer everything. If you have a problem they give you their personal mobile so you can just call them if you have a problem and they’ll solve it straight away. I’m very pleased with the treatment, the people, with everything.
She’s wearing the brace all the time now and she’s doing very well. She’s very good at school too, the brace doesn’t get in the way of anything. It fits underneath her school uniform and you can’t see it. Sometimes I even have to ask her when she’s sitting down if she’s wearing it because I can’t see it! She says ‘of course mummy’ and I say ‘let me try!’ I have to knock through the clothes and only then can I hear she’s wearing the brace!
Obviously, the results speak for themselves. I would definitely credit LOC, but if I were to give any advice [to parents in a similar position] it would be to contact Debs and Sally. Ricarda likes it there, she loves the people like Debs and Sally and felt really comfortable, everything was really relaxed and nice. She worked really hard during training with Debs who kept saying that Ricarda was such a workhorse!
He’s been very positive since the first day and this determination has certainly paid off. In just two months, Rares’s Cobb angle has reduced from 52֯ to 24֯ in a brace and his ribcage has de-rotated from 18֯ to 12֯, so the rib hump has significantly improved.
I finally found that I had arrived at the right place and something was actually being done.
My pain levels are hugely improved, my ribs were tender and now they are not. My brace was made individually for me. It’s not one size fits all and, if it is not completely perfect, LOC alters it on the spot. I was so surprised that I could wear the brace under my clothes, I did not need to go and buy anything, I just wear loose tops.
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