Did you know that Wellstar Pediatric Orthopedics offers innovative bracing options if your child has scoliosis? One of those options is 3D-printed braces, which are tailored to the patient’s body shape, size and spine curvature.
To make the custom braces, a 3D scan is made in the provider’s office, then the brace is 3D printed. The advantage of 3D printing is that due to the architectural design multiple reliefs in the brace can be made, which allows for more comfort, durability and correction.
“We have had excellent outcomes with patient compliance in curve correction using 3D bracing and are monitoring long-term results,” Wellstar Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Timothy Oswald said. “We have made so much progress as a whole as to how we treat scoliosis.”
Bracing for scoliosis has been around for hundreds of years, starting with an iron brace introduced by Andre Pare in the 1700s. In the 1950s, bracing became more popular for treatment of scoliosis with the introduction of the Milwaukee brace, which includes a neck ring with rests for the chin and the back of the head. Unfortunately, the results were poor, with continued progression of the curve and significant effect on the psychosocial development of the teenager. Currently, the only retrospective evidence-based braces available are the Boston brace and nighttime bending brace. These are rigid braces that are mapped according to X-ray parameters for scoliosis correction.
Using a 3D-printed brace is more comfortable for patients because they are lighter than traditional ones and offer more personalized care, with the brace customized for each patient. Since the braces feel less cumbersome, patients are more likely to wear them regularly—leading to better results in treating the spine curvature.
The 3D-mapping technology provided by Wellstar Pediatric Orthopedics can also be applied to bracing of the arms and legs. The goal is to offer more nonsurgical options and support the psychosocial development of every teenager.
To learn more or make an appointment with Wellstar Pediatric Orthopedics, visit wellstar.org/pedsortho.