Difference between Spinecor brace and Thoracolumbosacral orthosis for deformity correction and quality of life in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

Published online: Dec 27 2016

Omer ERSEN, Serkan BILGIC, Kenan KOCA, Tolga EGE, Erbil OGUZ, Ahmet Burak BILEKLI

From the Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Turkey


Although there are several conservative treatment options, only bracing has been found to be effective in preventing curve progression and a subsequent need for surgery in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. The objective of this study is to compare the results of SpineCor brace and thoracolumbosacral orthosis (TLSO) for treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis radiologically and clinically. Sixty-four patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis treated with brace included in this study. Height, T1-Coccygx distance, and gibbosity were measured. Rib hump deformity was evaluated with a scoliometer. An SRS-22 questionnaire was used to determine the quality of life of patients after the first year of brace treatment. Differences in Cobb angles and gibbosity were insignificant for both groups. SRS-22 questionnaire results showed significant differences in pain, self-image and function/activity subgroups. Patients' mental health and satisfaction scores were insignificant. These braces have a similar effect on deformity correction. The surgery rates and success rates of braces are approximately equal. The major difference between SpineCor and TLSO is health-related quality of life.