The scoliosis brace myth Scoliosis brace treatment has been around since the first historical records of scoliosis in one form or another and yet study after study continues to demonstrate the ineffectivenessof scoliosis brace treatment. The first metal scoliosis brace was built by Ambrose Pare in 1575 and scoliosis bracing has taken on every conceivable shape, size, and material since that time, however virtually every single brace still works under the same general principle called the Hueter-Volkmann principle. It should be noted that the Hueter-Volkmann principle is the body’s normal adaptation to unequal bone stress and is in no way related to the causeof idiopathic scoliosis. Bone under bio-mechanical stress will grow slower than the same bone not under stress in a different portion. This means the vertebral body on the inside portion of the scoliosis spine will grow slower than the bone on the outside portion of the spinal curvature. The basic theory behind most scoliosis brace treatment is focusing on placing equal or greater stress on the non-stressed bone side of the scoliosis spine. While taking advantage of the Hueter-Volkmann principle seemslike a clever solution to the scoliosis spine progression problems, it’s virtually impossible to accomplish and there has yet to be any clinical evidence of scoliosis brace application influencing the bone growth under stress process. It is this very “guided growth” principle that lead to the “23 hour a day” full time scoliosis brace recommendation. Keep in mind that middle classchildren typically wore the scoliosis brace less than 10%of the recommended time and 60%of children with scoliosis felt scoliosis brace treatment had “handicapped” their lives. The “scoliosis brace myth” has been told and re-told time and time again for far too long. Scoliosis brace treatment will not provide a “guided growth” effect, nor will it alter the natural course of the condition or prevent the “need” for scoliosis surgery. This was been documented in multiple studies, but perhaps none have been more damning than the genetically similar scoliosis brace vs non-treated patients study conducted by the makers of the Scoliscore test in which they concluded, “In this retrospective study of US Caucasian females, there was no statistically significant difference in the natural history of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis when comparing bracing treatment and no bracing treatment. At best, there was only a modest brace effect.” It is time to abolish scoliosis brace treatment in favor of a pro-active, aggressive, non-invasive early stage scoliosis intervention program that targets the re-training of the automatic postural control centers in the brain. This new concept in scoliosis treatment may provide the only opportunity a scoliosis patient will ever have to change the course of their scoliosis spine and not be relegated to a fate of multiple scoliosis surgeries. About the Author: Treating Scoliosis.com offers alternatives to scoliosis surgery when treating scoliosis of the spine in adults and children. Visit http://www.treatingscoliosis.com for more information on non-invasive scoliosis treatment plans.
Published on Jul 14, 2011
Published on Jul 14, 2011
Scoliosis brace treatment has been around since the first historical records of scoliosis in one form or another and yet study after study c...