The journal Children has published a paper from Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics on the Boston Brace 3D®. The article, entitled Short-Term Outcomes of the Boston Brace 3D Program Based on SRS and SOSORT Criteria: A Retrospective Study, was written by two Boston O&P scoliosis experts: James Wynne, CPO, Vice President, Director of Training and Education, and Resident Director; and Lauren Houle, Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Prosthetist Orthotist, and Clinic Director of the Boston O&P of Weymouth, MA.
The study followed 178 first-time brace wearers diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis with primary curves measuring 25–40 degrees. Subjects were all fitted with a Boston Brace 3D orthosis at age 10–17 and were seen in Boston-area Boston O&P clinics for evaluation, fitting, and follow-up.
The results of the study showed that 84% of patients presenting with a single curve and 69% of patients with a double curve saw their curves improve (reduced 6 degrees or more) or remain unchanged (±5 degrees). Overall, 94% of the patient’s curves are currently under 50 degrees (surgical level).
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to demonstrate that the Boston Brace 3D program is effective in controlling (and in some cases improving) curve progression in the non-operative management of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis,” said Wynne. “In addition, this review has shown once again that adherence with the prescribed wear schedule is crucial to a positive outcome. Of the patients reviewed, in general, those who wore their brace for more hours per day saw improved results.”
“Many studies already point to bracing as an effective means of decreasing the progression of spinal curves and helping patients avoid surgery,” added Houle. “This latest review serves to reinforce those results, shows how the Boston Brace 3D has been successful in the treatment of scoliosis, and indicates areas where we can continue to refine and improve.”