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Sarah who is a member of our How To Look Good twisted Fan Page on Facebook, wanted to share some news with us about a new project they are undertaking with another not for profit organisation Simple Stuff Works CIC - they are looking to support four young people to use therapeutic night positioning.

There is no cost to the individuals involved (they are setting aside just under £10k for the project to include all equipment)

About PosturalCare
We are looking for FOUR young people with idiopathic scoliosis to work with us on a fully funded project.

BACK TO BASICS is just that, we want to see what happens when we address a really basic element of a person’s day - the position they sleep in. Young people spend on average three times longer in bed than they do in school, if it makes sense to you to think about this time then please read on!

Back to Basics is a small, exciting project being funded by 2 Social Enterprises, Postural Care CIC and Simple Stuff Works CIC. Both not for…

Soft Braces, AIS a Review

ScoliosisJournal recently reported about soft braces in the treatment of AIS - Review the literature and description of a new approach

Authors: Hans-Rudlof Weiss and Mario Werkmann

Background
The use of soft braces to treat scoliosis has been described by Fischer as early as 1876. With the help of elastic straps, as the authors suggested, a corrective movement for individual curve patterns should be maintained in order to inhibit curve progression. Today this concept has been revived besides soft 3 point pressure systems. Some shortcomings have been revealed in literature in comparison with hard braces, however the concept of improving quality of life of a patient while under brace treatment should furtherly be considered as valuable. Purpose of this review is to gather the body of evidence existent for the use of soft braces and to present recent developments. Method
A review of literature as available on Pub Med was performed using the key words ,scoliosis and …

Braces, Scoliosis, Thermobrace

ScoliosisJournal reported recently about Adolescents, bracing and the results from an everyday clinic using Thermobrace.

Authors: Sabrina Donzelli, Fabio Zaina and Stefano Negrini

Background The effectiveness of bracing relies on the quality of the brace, compliance of the patient, and some disease factors. Patients and parents tend to overestimate adherence, so an objective assessment of compliance has been developed through the use of heat sensors. In 2010 we started the everyday clinical use of a temperature sensor, and the aim of this study is to present our initial results. Methods Population: A prospective cohort of 68 scoliosis patients that finished at least 4 months of brace treatment on March 31, 2011: 48 at their first evaluation (79% females, age 14.2+/-2.4) and 20 already in treatment. Treatment: Bracing (SPoRT concept); physiotherapic specific exercises (SEAS School); team approach according to the SOSORT Bracing Management Guidelines. Methods
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Cotrel-dubousset Instrumentation: AIS

ScoliosisJournal recently reported about Cotrel-dubousset instrumentation for the correction of AIS. Long term results with an unexpected high revision rate.

Authors: Franz Mueller and Herbert Gluch

Background
For many years, the CD instrumentation has been regarded as the standard device for the surgical correction of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Nevertheless, scientific long-term results on this procedure are rare. Therefore, we conducted a retrospective follow-up study of patients treated for AIS with CD instrumentation and spondylodesis. Methods
A total of 40 patients with AIS underwent CD instrumentation in our department within 3 years and between 1990 and 1992. For the retrospective analysis, first all the patient documents were reviewed, and pre-/postoperative X-ray images as well as those at the latest follow-up were analysed. Furthermore, it was attempted to conduct a clinical survey using the SRS-24 questionnaire, which was sent to the patients …

iPhone vs Scoliometer: Rib Hump Measurement

ScoliosisJournal have just recently reportyed about the evaluation of the iPhone with an acrylic sleeve versus the Scoliometer for rib hump measurement in Scoliosis

Authors: Maree T Izatt, Gary R Bateman, Clayton J Adam

Background
Vertebral rotation found in structural scoliosis contributes to trunkal asymmetry which is commonly measured with a simple Scoliometer device on a patient's thorax in the forward flexed position. The new generation of mobile 'smartphones' have an integrated accelerometer, making accurate angle measurement possible, which provides a potentially useful clinical tool for assessing rib hump deformity. This study aimed to compare rib hump angle measurements performed using a Smartphone and traditional Scoliometer on a set of plaster torsos representing the range of torsional deformities seen in clinical practice. Methods
Nine observers measured the rib hump found on eight plaster torsos moulded from scoliosis patients with both a…