Appearance and social position are so important to teenagers. They want to be considered special, but they also want to fit in. They want to be part of the gang, while being themselves.
Teenagers are forming the individual personalities they’ll live with as adults. It’s a key stage of development in which they’re building their self-perception and growing the confidence they’ll need to show forth their full potential.
That’s why bracing has been a bit of a barrier to effectively treating teens with scoliosis. Girls are 8 times more likely to live with a scoliosis curve which demands therapeutic intervention. So, the appearance of braces is a vital consideration. Needing to wear a brace to school can make teens feel like outsiders – even more unsure of themselves than they usually are.
Bracing for teens with scoliosis has been revolutionized with the 3-D Printed Brace brace treatment in Pennsylvania. Teen boys are just as self-conscious as teen girls and the extraordinary design of this brace answers a pressing need for aesthetics awareness – something once notably absent from the design of scoliosis-specific braces.
A Long-Term Bowl Cut
The design of braces really hasn’t advanced over the past 5 years or so. While doctors look for the most effective solution, treating patients with an awareness of social realities and self-image has largely been overlooked. But these are important matters for teens.
Bulky, constricting and not very attractive, traditional braces tend diminish their own value. Most teenage scoliosis patients are reluctant to wear a brace for the considerable durations required to mitigate the curve.
The traditional brace is not unlike a childhood bowl (hair) cut, when you’re a teen. Your mom put that salad bowl on your head and started chopping and now, all you can do is wait for it to grow.
So, the brace is like a long-term bowl cut. It needs be worn for most of the day, every single day, for a prescribed period.
The 3-D Printed Brace – a Whole New Ballgame
The 3-D Printed Brace’s prototype was created with a 3D printer and its design is featured in online design resources as a revolutionary example of technology leading to more sensitive healthcare solutions.
Using a lattice design, the 3-D Printed Brace consumes only 75% of the material used in traditional braces. Allowing the wearer to bend from the waist, it answers the need for wearer comfort and mobility.
Built into the brace are computer modules which gather data and upload it to an app, allowing wearers to receive information about their treatment’s progress. Wearers engaged in an empowering, personalized therapeutic dialogue.
3-D Printed Brace at Scoliosis and Spine
The 3-D Printed Brace bracing system in Pennsylvania is a revolution in scoliosis bracing. Attractive, while comfortably flexible and breathable, your teen will be amazed to hear that the 3-D Printed Brace’s launch was part of a fashion show.
A designer brace? Yes, please!
At Scoliosis and Spine, we’re committed to outstanding outcomes for your teen with scoliosis. Contact us. Find out more about the 3-D Printed Brace bracing system in Pennsylvania.