SPONDYLOS Scoliosis & Kyphosis center
74 Messogion Ave - Athens - Greece
Treatment of adolescent scoliosis with the Individual Model the innovative method of treating scoliosis
Adolescent Scoliosis occurs when in a healthy adolescent the spine begins to rotating at different levels and opposite each other.
The rotation of the thoracic vertebrae and entrains the ribs leads to the formation of thoracic hump.
The same applies to the lumbar vertebrae where shall contribute the projection of the backmuscles to crate the hump.
It is the most common type of scoliosis (4 in 100 adolescents), which affects children aged 9 to 14 years and develops during the period of rapid development.
Treatment with the application of a two-dimensional scoliosis brace such as Boston, in a condition that is three-dimensional, did not bring the expected results.
In SPONDYLOS we have a different approach.
Individual Model treatment
Individual Model is the revolutionary scoliosis treatment system created by SPONDYLOS.
With the Individual Model we deal with the overall problem of the patient and not just the angle of inclination. This means that we focus on the child and his condition.
The system of the Individual Model is not merely a corrective brace, but one
holistic treatment system
And when we say holistic treatment system we mean:
It used to be said that the role of a scoliosis brace was to stop or slow down the development of the angle, with braces such as Boston, Milwaukee, DDB, etc. The ultimate goal was to avoid spinal surgery and the restrictions that accompany it.
In SPONDYLOS the scoliosis corrections exceed 50% of the initial angle.
Exercises from the Schroth system enhance the use of the brace in the treatment of adolescent scoliosis.
The basic treatment of adolescent scoliosis includes the specially made, according to the type of scoliosis, brace Rigo-Cheneau.
In the treatment of adolescent scoliosis the younger the child the more we rely on the application of the brace and less on exercise.
The opposite happens towards the end of development.
The first question of parents who are faced with Scoliosis for the first time is: Is it corrected?
The answer to this question is that it can be reduced, not eliminated, unless it is a very small scoliosis. But with some very serious conditions.
In the treatment of adolescent scoliosis should:
1. The child is completely obedient regarding the brace’s application hours (usually 21 hours a day)
2. Have their brace straps always tend to be exerted increasing pressure.
3. Exercise daily for at least 45 minutes in exercise programs.
4. Follow all instructions
The goal of treatment is to reduce scoliosis by up to 50% and to maintain this even after the removal of the brace, which is determined at the end of bone growth.
The removal of the brace is done gradually over a period of about a year from the bone maturation. Exercise should be continuous throughout his life.
A recent study by the US National Institutes of Health. showed the following. Of the patients who applied a brace 75% have angles not progressed to the limit of 50 ° for surgery.
The results of the study Bracing in Adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis Trial (BrAIST) were published in the New England Journal of Medicine (October 17, 2013).
The BrAIST study used temperature sensors on braces to calculate their temporal application by adolescents. The findings showed that the time worn by the brace correlated with his effectiveness.
Patients who wore the brace for less than 6 hours a day had about the same success rate as those who did not wear it at all! Those who wore the brace more than 13+ hours a day had a 90% or higher success rate.