Orthotic Management of Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a medical condition where the spine is curved from side-to-side. It’s not a disease: it is a description of abnormal curves in the spine. The condition can affect children, teenagers and adults. Scoliosis ranges in severity and can be the result of a variety of causes. While scoliosis may go virtually unnoticed in some, the condition can affect a person’s ability to engage in physical activity, and in severe cases may impair ability to walk, sit or lie down comfortably.

Congenital spine deformities, genetic conditions, neuromuscular problems and limb length inequality can all be associated with scoliosis.

Other conditions may also contribute – including: cerebral palsy, spina bafida, muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and tumors. Scoliosis is a common condition of the spine affecting both children and adults, whilst a mild scoliosis can go unnoticed, at any age treatment can and should be sought as early as possible.

Scoliosis in adults may have gone undiagnosed in childhood but can be caused by asymmetrical degeneration of the vertabrae in the spine, most commonly in the lumbar area.

Scoliosis in children can present in various stages such as infantile (younger than three years), juvenile (between three and ten years, or adolescent, the causes of which could be abnormally shaped vertebra at birth, neurological reasons or most often, idiopathic.

Treatment options
There are various treatment options available for scoliosis. Several factors should be taken into consideration before recommending a treatment plan, including the severity of the curvature, location of the curve, maturity of the spine and potential for progression of the curve. One of three treatments is usually recommended: observation, orthopaedic bracing or surgery.

What is the RSC® Brace?

An advanced an sophisticated scoliosis brace
Part of a successful concept
Produced individually in a patented process

All patients can rely on the unique benefits of this system.
The concept is based on the Chêneau brace (created by DR Jaques Chêneau)

Security throughout treatment:
The key benefit of the RSC® Brace is the unique and highly effective biomechanical design produced just for you. Braces are delivered to only specially trained specialists in approved competence centres.

The RSC® Brace is more:
The RSC® is more than just a brace, it’s a complete system. Successful treatment is based on a targeted and consistent implementation.

Malcolm Freedman & Associates (Inc), is one of only two accredited and certified RSC®
Bracing centres in South Africa.