Treatment of Idiopathic Scoliosis
Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine and considered the most common spinal deformity. The number of adults in the United States with scoliosis of over 30° is about a half- million. Scoliosis in adults over 20 years of age begins in childhood or adolescence, and is mostly overlooked until it is quite severe.
There are two different forms of scoliosis: structural, with definite changes in the vertebrae, and postural, which is of functional character.
The D.B.S. (Dynamic Brace System) is a patented system used for the treatment of idiopathic juvenile, adolescent, and adult scoliosis.
The D.B.S unit serves as an attachment to the Vertetrac and adjusts the traction in combine with a horizontal pressure force locating it on the apex of the curve.
As opposed to other braces, the D.B.S is designed for a few short daily treatments and there is no need of wearing it 24H/7D.
By applying different traction to patients with a sciatic scoliosis helps restoring normal upright stance and decreasing muscle spasm, often leading to full recovery. The D.B.S treatment depends upon a number of factors, including the physiological age of the patient, the size and location of the curve, and the progress of the curve. The initial treatment with the D.B.S. is the same as with the Vertetrac.
Benefits and Advantages:
Safe and Cost-effective
While invasive procedure might have irreversible results and requires subsequent rehabilitation post hospitalization, the D.B.S treatment although requires more consistent effort and dedication, costs a fraction of the costs of spinal surgery and has no side effects. The following tables summarize these advantages with a detailed comparison of an invasive and non-invasive intervention:
*Figures given by American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and was edited by Dr. Kevin Lau – Orchard clinic.
||Invasive Procedure |
||3 weeks-5 months (minimum)
||1 day + 1 year rehabilitation |
||Highly possible |
||Comparable to brace's price
||$20,000 - $120,000 * |
||50% reduction |
Indications for use:
- The spinal curvature is between 10-30 degrees and has structured changes including rotation. The curve progression should be considered only with a minimum increase of 5 degrees on two sequential X-rays.
We recommend using the D.B.S. treatment with a physician's guidance and under observation of a specialist.