Scoliosis is a three-dimensional deformity of the spine and trunk, which may deteriorate quickly during phases of rapid growth. Although research is still being conducted on the effects of physiotherapy for scoliosis, bracing is recognized to stop progression during the pubertal growth spurt. Now, with the newest Chêneau style computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) bracing under certain circumstances the potential exists to improve curvature radiologically and visually.
Chêneau braces made by the cast technique are at a disadvantage because they lack standardization. Even among specialists, there will always be a wide range of quality. When constructing a brace by cast, the clinician must start anew each time without a baseline standard. With each correction and alteration, the brace is vulnerable to deterioration. These deteriorations can cause the brace’s function to veer from the original intended curve pattern correction.
A solution is CAD/CAM technology. For 4 years, brace formulas from a library created by the first author have been used to address specific curvature patterns. The augmented Lehnert-Schroth (ALS) classification determines which brace formula from the library is best matched to an individual patient.
The Gensingen Brace according to Dr. Weiss™ (GBW) today is the smallest and most comfortable high correction brace and by the same time shows the best in-brace correction as available today. The basic library consists of the forms to address the curve patterns from the ALS classification.
This page is part of http://www.koob-skoliose.com, responsible for the content on behalf of G. Weiss: Dr. med. Hans-Rudolf Weiss, Imprint: http://www.koob-skoliose.com/company/imprint.html.