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What is a corset?

An orthosis that fits around your torso used to correct spinal deformities.

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Physiotherapy

We train you in the everyday use of your corset.

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The first step

Initial Consultation 

Spinal radiographs should be taken if the physician’s physical examination indicates scoliosis. This is the only way to identify the type and extent of scoliosis.

The x-ray image will be used by the physician to measure the lateral curvature based on the Cobb technique (named after the scoliosis classification of John Robert Cobb). The extent of the curvature determines the further course of treatment, the diagnosis, and the necessity of a corset.

If a corset is required, the doctor together with the orthopedic technician will determine the type of corset and the treatment concept. During the information meeting, you will also be informed about the different forms of physiotherapy and the use of the corset.

How many curves?

These three types of corset are available

The corset is made of elastic plastic and is custom-fit around your torso. The defined waistline creates the necessary pressure needed to straighten your spine. The corset usually extends from the pelvis to the chest. It is supported at the pelvis in order to continue the correction upwards along the spine. At the chest, correction takes place via the ribs, which are directly connected to the vertebral bodies. By adding pressure to the ribs, the vertebral bodies can be de-rotated and straightened. 

The type of corset you need is determined by the number of curves that your spine has. The curves can be clearly seen on the x-ray image. A distinction is made between scoliosis with three or four curves and scoliolis with one curve in the lumbar region of the spine. 

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Scoliosis? Ask Melli!

Physiotherapy for corset wearers

In the series “Scoliosis? Ask Melli!" our physiotherapist Melli explains the different types of scoliosis and shows you practical exercises that you can do at home.

Your path to a corset

If your doctor notices scoliosis, he will take an x-ray of your spine. If you need a corset, come to us with your prescription. In the initial meeting, we will inform you about the corset treatment and possible forms of physiotherapy.

Using the SimBrace® process, we can simulate the fit and function of your corset in advance. To do this, you will first be placed in a special appliance. Together with a physiotherapist, we determine the optimal position of your spine. Then, we use the appliance to hold you in this position and scan this corrected body position. The result is a 3D model of your torso from which we produce the actual corset.

For optimal wearing comfort, we make corrections to the corset shape and determine the position of the correction pads.

At first, wearing a corset creates a rather unusual feeling. The body can tense up initially and tends to resist the correction, instead of gently adapting to it. Our physiotherapists will help you choose the type of therapy for your home and discuss the options for designing your day-to-day activities, including school and leisure.

You need time to familiarize yourself how your body feels in the corset. Acceptance within your social environment also plays an important role. It is important that your friends and family are made familiar with the new situation. Your therapist will help you get the most out of your movement with the corset. The aim is to move the spine and make the muscles supple so that the correction pressure of the corset can be pain-free. You should also learn to breathe into the space inside the corset to reinforce the correction.

It is important to check your posture regularly during the day. Talk to your physiotherapist about how and when you can integrate corrective movement into your daily life.

Clothing, wearing schedule, therapy

Sophia answers your questions

How does it feel to wear a corset? How regularly do you have to go to the doctor, the physiotherapist or the orthopedic technician? Have you already thought about surgery? 17-year-old Sophia has an answer to these and many other questions. Sophia would like to become a physical therapist when she grows up and help other patients with spinal deformities.

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Everything simulated?

SimBrace® – our new digital scanning technology

Nathalie and Selina show you how SimBrace® works. This is a newly developed process in which the correction of the corset can be simulated before production. This method eliminates the need for a plaster cast!