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Researchers developing dynamic brace for children with scoliosis

from Today in PT

Researchers are developing a dynamic brace that would modulate the forces applied to the spine but allow wearers the flexibility for daily activities for children who have scoliosis, according to a news release. Scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine, affects some 6 million people in the U.S., according to past research. These include about 2 to 3 percent of adolescents who are diagnosed each year with idiopathic scoliosis, which is usually identified during puberty and progresses until skeletal maturity. About 1 in 500 children requires treatment using spine braces, and 1 in 5,000 needs spinal surgery, according to the release. The typical spine brace is made of rigid plastic that fits around the child's trunk and hips and applies counter-pressure on the spine's abnormal curve. more

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