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Adolescent Scoliosis

What is Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis?

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis represents over 80% of all diagnosed cases of scoliosis in children. Scoliosis can progress quickly when the skeleton is still growing or during hormonal changes. Skeletal maturity occurs at the age of approximately 14 - 17 for females and 18 - 22 for males when the bones and spine are no longer malleable. If started young enough and depending upon maturity and magnitude of curvature, scoliosis bracing treatment can reduce the curve and Cobb angle and significantly reduce the requirement for surgery in later life.

Visible improvements in posture and rib hump after just 4 weeks of wearing the Cheneau-Gensingen brace. Mild cases of scoliosis may self-correct as a child grows. However, it is important that any existing curvature is monitored closely to check progression, particularly during periods of rapid growth during puberty.

For more serious cases (Cobb angles in excess of 25) we recommend non-surgical treatment with our bespoke version of the Cheneau brace - the LOC Scoliosis Brace.

The patient pictured was diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis at the age of 14 during a rapid growth phase. She had a thoracic curve of 35 degrees and was referred by a specialist for a spinal brace to manage her condition conservatively. After 6 weeks of wearing a bespoke Cheneau-Gensingen brace her curve in-brace had reduced to 12 degrees (see x-rays & photos).

 

She also had some rotation of her thoracic curve, which measured 13 degrees. After 6 weeks this had reduced to 8 degrees out of brace. Postural improvements can be seen from the above photo. She still has a way to go and continues to wear the brace whilst she is growing and maturing.

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