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Efficacy of a new computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture orthosis in the treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

Kessler, Jeffrey I.

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B: July 2008 - Volume 17 - Issue 4 - p 207-211
doi: 10.1097/BPB.0b013e3283046117
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To report on the initial experience with the Los Angeles brace, a new computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture brace used in the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis. This was a retrospective review of 40 idiopathic scoliosis patients who completed treatment with this new computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture brace. In-brace correction averaged 51% for the primary curves, with corrections of 53 and 22% for girls and boys, respectively. Only six patients (15%) had curve progression at brace completion. This preliminary study suggests that the new Los Angeles brace is effective in the treatment of scoliosis in girls, while avoiding some obstacles involved in traditional bracing.

Kaiser Sunset Hospital Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Los Angeles, California, USA

Correspondence to Jeffrey I. Kessler, MD, Kaiser Sunset Hospital Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA

Tel: +1 323 783 9313; fax: +1 323 783 6985; e-mail: Jkessler_1@yahoo.com

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.