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Scoliosis Outcomes

Scoliosis Outcomes

We measure our success one curve at a time. Success is for you to have a flexible spine for life. The goal of treatment is to stop the progression of the curve. Some patients do get actual partial correction, not just results limited to the cessation of progression.

The Partnership

NOPCO  Responsibility: 

· Build a brace that will reduce the in-brace curve as much as possible.

· Make the brace as comfortable as possible.

· Provide informative responses to questions and concerns.

Patient/Family responsibility:

· Continue living a normal life as a kid/adolescent .

· Wear the brace according to the recommended hours.

· Follow the appointment schedule.

· Inform us as to how we may help make this process better for you.

How many braces will be necessary ?

The number of braces depends on how fast you grow, and how well the curve responds to bracing. What we have found in previous patients is:

· 76% of patients require one brace.

· 19% of patients required two braces.

· 5% of patients required three braces or more.

The Recommended Appointment Schedule:

· Initial evaluation which includes a measure and scan.

· Fitting appointment 2 weeks after initial evaluation.

· Follow up appointment—check before x-ray (2 to 6 weeks after fitting)

Always be sure to see a NOPCO Orthotist prior to x-rays to make sure the brace is fitting properly.

· Follow up appointments should take place every 3 to 6 months.

Our data suggests that patients following the appointment schedule have more successful initial outcomes.  Further longitudinal data is needed to reach a conclusion.

Annual Experience:

· 832 Patients fit with scoliosis braces

· 2401 Follow up appointments

Curves are named by their apex, or where the curve changes direction. The following are the number of each apex seen annually.

Studies show that in-brace correction, or how much the curve is reduced in-brace, is a predictor of success provided  the brace is worn the prescribed hours per day. 

Here is our in-brace reduction values by curve type and apex.

The information contained in this Report cannot predict success. It is a snap shot of the outcome measures we tracked through our patient records.

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