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KKH Newsletter
Special Delivery, Issue 01/2009
 
 

KKH, the first accredited treatment centre in Asia for SpineCor
A dynamic corrective brace for idiopathic scoliosis

 

 

“ Making the decision was easy. The TLS O is hard and restricts my movement. The SpineCor brace is soft and comfortable. Though it took me a few days to get used to it, I do not feel tightness anymore now.”

- Miss Loraine Choo, one of the KKH’s patients using the SpineCor brace

 

A new corrective brace for the abnormal curvature of the spine, idiopathic scoliosis, now allows greater flexibility and is well-received by patients. It is called SpineCor and KKH is the first accredited treatment centre in Asia for the innovation.

While very mild cases of scoliosis require observation, those that are more severe may need a back brace to control its progression. Up to now, this has been a rigid, custom-made Thoracolumbosacral Orthosis (TLSO), worn under clothing, for 22 hours a day until the child reaches skeletal maturity. Only those with very severe cases need surgery.

“The poor compliance with the TLSO forced us to look for an alternative,” said Dr Kevin Lim, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at KKH. “Many of our patients are visibly upset at the prospect of having to wear the TLSO. This is not surprising as the brace is warm and uncomfortable.” The SpineCor brace, on the other hand, works on a different principle. Comprising a series of straps and elastic bands, it is worn discreetly under clothing. Patients wearing the SpineCor can do sports including gymnastics and ballet. The protocol dictates that the brace is worn for a minimum of 18 months.

Mr Satyaki Sengupta, Chief Therapist of Rehabilitation Department at KKH, who is also an accredited SpineCor Physiotherapist said, “We are providing a weekly clinic for patients who opt for the SpineCor brace to reinforce the corrective movements. Patients will also learn how to keep the flexibility and strength of the spine and trunk, which is essential for maintaining a good posture after the brace is removed.”

KKH’s Rehabilitation Department also became the first in Asia to be accredited as a SpineCor Physiotherapy Centre.

Idiopathic scoliosis is an abnormal three-dimensional curvature of the spine. The incidence of idiopathic scoliosis in Singapore is 2 - 3% and patients are usually thin, tall females. Many cases are detected at school health screenings and present between the ages of 10 and 14.

The response from patients has been promising. Since its introduction in mid-January 2009, 8 patients have chosen the SpineCor brace over the TLSO. One of KKH’s patients, Miss Loraine Choo, 12, said, “Making the decision was easy. The TLSO is hard and restricts my movement. The SpineCor brace is soft and comfortable. Though it took me a few days to get used to it, I do not feel tightness anymore now.” The best part is that her classmates are not aware that she is wearing a corrective brace!

(Source: KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s Newsletter – Special Delivery)

 
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