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Old 12-05-2014, 10:02 PM
Tes Tes is offline
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Default Boston or Spincor for 6 year old

We've just visited our Peadiatric Orthopedic Surgeon who has advised us that our 6 yo daughter needs to go into the boston brace and will likely need it for the next eight years. I fought back the tears when he explained that she won't be able to run or dance while wearing it. When I raised the option of another brace, he shut it down very quickly basically saying the boston has proven results if fitted correctly. I just want what's best for my daughter, physically and emotionally. The Spincor would allow her to still be who she is while coping with (and hopefully managing) her scoliosis.
I'd love to hear from anyone who has used the Spincor Brace.
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Old 13-05-2014, 08:44 AM
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Hi Tes, so sorry you are having to go through this. I personally don't have experience with the Boston Brace, however I suggest you get a second opinion. We have discovered that Australia is way behind Europe in bracing options. Our public hospitals still only use the Boston brace which I feel is outdated with the fastening at the back which makes it difficult for the child to manage it themselves. I questioned why is this so and why can't it be made to open at the front? I was told our orthotists have not been trained this way? There are plenty of orthotists around the world who make braces and they open from the front not the back. How about Australia spends some much needed funds on training our orthotists to make it as easy as possible for our children to manage their scoliosis with less stress? In regards to the spinecor brace it may be that your childs curvatures may not be suited to it, my understanding from our specialist is that it is quite effective for mild curvatures but moderate or severe is another matter and it really depends on their case. It was not suitable for our child who has moderate curves. I would definitely go with another opinion as it going to be approximately 8 years of your child's life having to wear a brace so comfort and flexibility is paramount and as you say it will restrict certain activities that the spinecore wont. I am happy to speak with you via personal message if you would like some information I would be more than happy to supply you with our specialist and his details if you want to get another opinion. Leigh.
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Old 26-06-2014, 02:05 PM
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Hi Tes, Its a shock - but it isn't the end of the world. My daughter Darcy is now almost 11 and has worn a hard brace since before she was 2 years old. She rides horses, hip hop dances, runs, rides a ripstik - whatever she darn well pleases actually! Mostly in her brace. She takes the brace off for hip hop class - but rides in it. She runs around at school in her brace. From my experience - and thats almost 10 years in this journey - is that the Spinecor braces are mostly suitable for the types of scoliosis that older - mostly girls have. And even then - I have friends whose daughter was in a hard brace - Gomez - like Darcy is. I don't believe you necessarily need a second opinion if you are confident of your Paediatric Orthopaedic surgeon. As for Australia being behind - from my experience - I don't believe that our services are second rate. You as a parent need to make sure you keep as informed as possible. There are many reasons different bracing systems are affixed with either front or back opening - mostly due to the types of forces which the orthotist is trying to apply to the different curves. The bracing of a curve is a complex physical process of forces and angles. Anyway - my daughter - whilst not at all keen on her brace has always accepted it as part of what we do. She has her moments - of tears etc, but it doesn't hold her back - well it does literally!!! But emotionally and capability wise - it does not! Good luck.
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