Incredible progress has recently been made in scoliosis bracing, with 3D printed scoliosis brace treatment for children 6-17 and adults 18+ in Connecticut.
This method was developed to treat both idiopathic scoliosis and adult idiopathic scoliosis. A non-invasive, non-fusion scoliosis therapy, 3D printed bracing is a tremendous innovation for people living with scoliosis.
3D printing has contributed greatly in key sectors and now, it’s offering new horizons in scoliosis therapy.
Light weight, breathable and flexible, the 3D printed scoliosis brace has enormously improved and elevated scoliosis therapies for children and adults alike.
AIS children aged 6-17 are hopeful about this new technology. The awkward construction and discomfort of Old School scoliosis braces made them tough to wear for very long. Then, there was their appearance, even under clothes (a big concern for young people).
With patients being required to wear a scoliosis brace for as much as 18 hours per day, it was time for profound change. The 3D printed brace is that profound change.
Technology and Design
Scoliosis bracing hadn’t changed much for at least 5 years when the 3D printed brace came on the scene. Digital design and algorithms have now made possible braces constructed of lattice work. These use 75% less material than the Boston Brace, while providing patients with the support they need.
Digital design is why 3D scoliosis braces are so wearable and flexible. When patients try one on for the first time, they’re delighted to discover they can bend from the waist! With the traditional brace, that wasn’t the case.
Created by a 3D print technician working with Intel, the Unyq Align brace is equipped with data-capturing technology. This allow patients to monitor progress, with the help of an application.
Medicrea has made another leap in 3D printing technology, helping patients with scoliosis who need surgery.
3D printing in the basis for discovering a new way to manufacture components used in vertebral body tethering (VBT). Before 3D printing, the rods used had to be bent into the right shape for the patient by surgeons. But with 3D printing technology, these components are customized to individual patients, creating more precision and of course, improved surgical outcomes.
Referred to as the UniD system, 3D generated VBT components have already helped hundreds of patients.
With technological innovation driven by projects shared by the medical community and collaborators in the realm of technology, scoliosis patients are entering an exciting new era of scoliosis treatment.
With the blistering pace of change, as technology and design marry their proficiencies to medical research, new solutions for children and adults with scoliosis curves offer hope.
Scoliosis and Spine
At Scoliosis and Spine, we know our patients are ready to meet the challenge of scoliosis. We’ve been treating children and adults with scoliosis and other spinal conditions and deformities for over 50 years, in a supportive, compassionate clinical setting.
Contact us to ask about 3D printed scoliosis brace treatment and how it’s changing the game for scoliosis patients.