Showing posts from October, 2010

Brace technology: derotation brace

Authors: Theodoros B Grivas, Achilles Bountis, Irene Vrasami1 and Nikolaos V Bardakos
Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, "Tzanio" General Hospital - NHS, Tzani & Afendouli str, 18536, Piraeus, GreeceScoliosis & Spine Unit of "KAT" Orthopaedic Hospital, Athens, GreeceThe South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre, Denbies Wing, Epsom General Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom, KT18 7EG, United Kingdom
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 anti-rotating effects on the thorax and trunk of patients with scoliosis. It is indicated for the non-operative correction of most curves, barring the very high thoracic ones, (when the apex vertebra is T5 or above). The purpose of this article is to familiarize physicians with the DDB, analyze the rationale behind its design, and present the pub…

Quality of life in adolescents with IS

ScoliosisJournal published a new article regarding the determination of quality of life in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis subjected to conservative treatment.
Authors: Angelo G Aulisa, Vincenzo Guzzanti, Carlo Perisano, Emanuele Marzetti, Alessandro Specchia, Marco Giordano and Lorenzo Aulisa
Introduction and objectives. Physical deformities caused by adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) coupled with conservative treatment of AIS with orthesis unavoidably impacts on patients' quality of life (QoL). The present study aimed at evaluating the QoL in patients affected by AIS treated with brace. The study also sought to determine the ability of different QoL questionnaires to monitor QoL over the course of treatment. Materials and Methods. Data were collected in 108 consecutive patients (96 females, 16 males) affected by AIS admitted to the outpatient orthopaedic clinic of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome (Italy). Patients were subjected to full-time (i.e., 22 …

The Back Pain Show

The SAUK have once again teamed up with the Back Pain Show, which will take place this year from 22nd-23rd October at Olympia 2, London.
All SAUK members are now entitled to attend free of charge, the SAUK will be on stand number 31. 
The 2010 show will be packed with more products, expert seminars, therapy demonstrations, consultations and treatments.

Why Should You Visit? Thousands of products, therapies and services for you to try and buyFree seminars giving you access to the most eminent specialists in the field'Ask the Expert' advice from top consultantsThe opportunity to participate in free classes such as Pilates, Yoga, Alexander Technique and many moreA wide variety of treatments such as Indian Head massage, oxygen therapy and Ki energyFree seminars giving you access to the most eminent specialists in the field'Ask the Expert' advice from top consultantsCDP Programme - a stunning two half-day stream of phenomenal musculoskeletal CPD masterclassesClinic E…