EARLY ONSET SCOLIOSIS
The Goals for bracing in Early Onset Scoliosis are as follows and outcome depends on a number of factors such as the age of the patient when bracing is to be started, the size of the initial curve(s) and any complications from comorbidities. Ideally the goals of bracing in Early Onset Scoliosis (EOS) would be to achieve maximum spine growth and length and to maintain the flexibility of the spine. The goals would also include arresting the progression of the curves and possibly even reducing the curves. In doing so it would be expected that we would be designing a brace that would allow for optimal lung growth and respiratory function. While bracing the EOS patient it would be a goal to maintain or restore the patients correct sagittal and coronal balance. If all of these design components and goals could be incorporated it would undoubtedly lead to a minimalization of hospitalizations and the reduced need for surgical procedures.