By NYMetroParents Staff

Ask the Expert: What Is a SpineCor Brace?

January 30, 2014   |  Health Advice & Tips  

A certified orthotist explains the SpineCor brace, how it's different from other back braces, and how it's used to treat scoliosis in children and teens.

 

If a child is diagnosed with scoliosis (read more about scoliosis signs and diagnosis here), a doctor may prescribe a brace to correct the curve in her spine. There are two types of braces: a rigid brace and a non-rigid, dynamic brace.

spinecor brace

SpineCor brace

A rigid brace is made of a hard plastic material. It can be effective, but it only addresses two of the three dimensions of scoliosis. While it corrects the curvature of the spine, it often causes the muscles in the child’s back to weaken because it restricts movement.

A non-rigid dynamic brace, like the SpineCor brace, provides the same or better efficacy as a rigid brace. It has a significantly better long-term effect on posture and, cosmetic wise, it is a much better brace because it can be hidden under the child’s clothes. The SpineCor brace is made of a lightweight, flexible material that allows almost total freedom of movement, which means the child can continue sports and all the normal activities of daily life.

The SpineCor brace has two parts: the bottom has two elastic crotch bands and two thigh bands, while the upper part has two shoulder bands and two rib bands. The direction of the bands is different from patient to patient, because each person’s curves are different.

The SpineCor brace can be more effective than a rigid brace because it’s less noticeable, and children are more likely to wear it for the required amount of time.

Many treatment centers also offer SpineCor therapy designed to complement the action of the brace and reinforce treatment. The therapy teaches the patient how to position her body and improve her posture. It addresses muscular rebalance exercises, respiratory exercises, and postural reeducation exercises to correct movement.

 

Ellen Suh is a certified orthotist at Silvercare Orthotic and Prosthetic at 41-61 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing, Queens. Suh has a BOC certification and has been in practice for 12 years. For more information, call 718-578-1123.

 

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