Efficacy of the symmetric, patient-oriented, rigid, three-dimensional, active (SPoRT) concept of bracing for scoliosis: A prospective study of the Sforzesco versus Lyon brace

S. Negrini, G. Marchini

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Abstract

Aim. Bracing is considered to be effective in the treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. The concept prevailing today includes an asymmetrical construction, mainly using a mechanical three-point system. We developed the new Sforzesco brace, based on the SPoRT concept (Symmetric, Patient-oriented, Rigid, Three-dimensional, active). The aim of this study is to verify the results of this concept and brace, compared to three-point classical systems. Methods. We performed a prospective, pair-controlled study. It was possible to match 15 patients, out of the first 18 consecutively treated with the Sforzesco brace (Group SPoRT), with previous patients treated with the Lyon brace (Group LY). SPoRT included 14.2±1.7 year old patients, with 47±7° Cobb worst curves, and 11±4° Bunnell; LY included 13.6±1.6 year old patients, with 43±7° Cobb and 12±5° Bunnell. The brace had to be worn 23 h per day and patients were evaluated after 6 months both clinically and radiographically (without the brace). Appropriate statistics were used. Results. At the baseline there were slight differences between the groups, with SPoRT worse than LY. All radiographic and clinical parameters decreased significantly with treatment in both groups, apart from thoracic Cobb degrees in LY. SPoRT had better results than LY (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-181
Number of pages11
JournalEuropa Medicophysica
Volume43
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

Keywords

  • Brace
  • Correction
  • Idiopathic scoliosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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