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Brace technology

Bracing is the main non-surgical intervention in the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis during growth, in hyperkyphosis (and Scheuermann disease) and occasionally for spondylolisthesis; it can be used in adult scoliosis, in the elderly when pathological curves lead to a forward leaning posture or in adults after traumatic injuries. Bracing can be defined as the application of external corrective forces to the trunk; rigid supports or elastic bands can be used and braces can be custom-made or prefabricated. The state of research in the field of conservative treatment is insufficient and while it can be stated that there is some evidence to support bracing, we must also acknowledge that today we do not have a common and generally accepted knowledge base, and that instead, individual expertise still prevails, giving rise to different schools of thought on brace construction and principles of correction. The only way to improve the knowledge and understanding of brace type and brace function is to establish a single and comprehensive source of information about bracing.

This is what Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders aims to do through the 'Brace technology' thematic series, where technical papers from the different schools will be published.

This series has not been sponsored, and there are no conflicts of interest to declare.

Published in Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders


  1. Research

    Prospective study and new concepts based on scoliosis detorsion of the first 225 early in-brace radiological results with the new Lyon brace: ARTbrace

    The symmetrical Lyon brace is a brace, usually used to maintain correction after a plaster cast reduction in the Cotrel’s EDF (Elongation-Derotation-Flexion) frame. The new Lyon brace or ARTbrace is an immedia...

    Jean Claude de Mauroy, Cyril Lecante, Frédéric Barral and Sophie Pourret

    Scoliosis 2014 9:19

    Published on: 19 November 2014

  2. Research

    The carbon brace

    The CMCR brace (C orset M onocoqueC arbone respectant la R espiration –which means Monoshell Carbon Brace respecting Breathing) is an innovative brace, used in orthopaedic treatment for progressive thoracic, thor...

    Jean-Claude Bernard, Cyril Lecante, Julie Deceuninck, Gregory Notin, Lydie Journoud and Frederic Barral

    Scoliosis 2013 8:3

    Published on: 14 February 2013

  3. Methodology

    Brace technology thematic series: the progressive action short brace (PASB)

    The Progressive Action Short Brace (PASB) is a custom-made thoraco-lumbar-sacral orthosis (TLSO), devised in 1976 by Dr. Lorenzo Aulisa (Institute of Orthopedics at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart,...

    Angelo G Aulisa, Giuseppe Mastantuoni, Marco Laineri, Francesco Falciglia, Marco Giordano, Emanuele Marzetti and Vincenzo Guzzanti

    Scoliosis 2012 7:6

    Published on: 23 February 2012

  4. Methodology

    Brace technology thematic series: the dynamic derotation brace

    The dynamic derotation brace (DDB) was designed in Greece in 1982, as a modification of the Boston brace. It is a custom-made, underarm spinal orthosis featuring aluminium blades set to produce derotating and ...

    Theodoros B Grivas, Achilles Bountis, Irene Vrasami and Nikolaos V Bardakos

    Scoliosis 2010 5:20

    Published on: 21 September 2010