Scoliosis Gene Discovered

Scoliosis Gene Discovered

For years it has been suspected that genetics played a role in the development of idiopathic scoliosis. Now, the familial genetic link has been identified scientifically*. The gene POC5 was discovered to cause familial scoliosis by an international France-Canada research team. One of those team members, Dr. Florina Moldovan of the University of Montreal and the CHU Sainte Justine research hospital, where the …

Introduction

The SpineCor system is a flexible brace that is principally prescribed for Idiopathic Scoliosis patients with a Cobb angle between 15° and 50° and Risser sign 0 to 3.  The brace is fitted on the patient in accordance to a sub-classification of the traditional SRS definition of curve types.  The SpineCor Assistant Software guides the treatment provider through the fitting …

General Information

Still, today, 80% of the scoliosis cases are known as idiopathic. Since the true cause is unknown, the treatment can only be based on the symptoms. Until now, only two types of treatment have been known to be efficient: the first is the treatment using an orthopaedic rigid brace, and the second one is surgery with a spinal system. In …

Clinical Studies

SPINECOR SYSTEM INTERNATIONAL MULTICENTER STUDY The first publication on SpineCor results was published in the European Spine Journal (Eur. Spine J. 2003;12(2):141-148) whilst the second was in 2006 in Resonances Européennes du Rachis (Aug 2006;43:1773-1781) on 365 patients.  The latest article, our third, was published in the Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics in 2007 (J Pedia Orthop, Volume 27, Nr 4, …

Therapeutic Approach

Treatment Approach Scoliosis is a deformation of the spine which affects more than 5,7 million children around the world. Although to date there is no consensus on the etiology of Idiopathic Scoliosis, which accounts for 80% of cases, enough is known to allow better non-surgical treatments today. Using modern knowledge along with that of years gone by, and safe, up-to-date …

Radiological Classification

The conventional classification of idiopathic scoliosis is based on a radiological evaluation in the P/A view and different types are identified according to the position of the apex without any consideration of the sagittal view. This classification provides only partial information even though scoliosis is known as a three-dimensional deformation of the spine associated with postural disorganization.  When comparing x-rays …

Brace Components

The dynamic corrective brace is made up of two components: • The first component consists of the pelvic base, the crotch bands and the thigh bands. Its role is to act as an anchoring point and supportfor the actions applied to the patient’s trunk by the elastic bands.  When the pelvic base is stable, the traction by the elastic bands is provided along the stable lines.  The flexible nature …

Protocol

Scoliosis is a condition involving an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. It can be caused by genetic, developmental or degenerative problems, but most cases of scoliosis actually have no known cause (idiopathic scoliosis). Why is early detection and treatment of scoliosis of great importance in children? During growth spurts, scoliosis curves can progress rapidly making parents wish they had …

References

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