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 approximately 14 - 17 years old for women and 18 - 22 years for men, 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 need for surgery in later life.
Visible improvements in posture and rib hump after just 4 weeks of wearing the Gensingen Brace by Dr Weiss®. 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 the Gensingen Brace by Dr Weiss.
The above patient was diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis at the age of 14-years-old 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 this conservatively. After 6 weeks of wearing a bespoke Gensingen Brace by Dr Weiss® 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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