Scoliosis bracing is a non-surgical treatment for mild to moderate scoliosis, generally prescribed for growing children to halt curve progression. Each brace is custom-made to fit the patient’s body structure and is adjusted to apply the right amount of pressure to correct or prevent spinal curvature. The brace does not cure scoliosis, but it helps control the progression of spinal curvature during growth periods. It is usually recommended for patient with moderate scoliosis with a cobb angle between 25-45°.
Curv is privileged to be working alongside Align Clinic and provide WCR braces in Queensland.
The WCR Brace, short for ‘Wood Cheneau Rigo’ is a custom-made thermoplastic scoliosis brace designed to provide three-dimensional correction of the spine. Based on the breakthrough work of Dr. Chêneau, Dr. Rigo, and Grant Wood from Align Clinic in the USA, the WCR brace is recognised as one of the most effective scoliosis braces in the world and is endorsed by The International Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT).
The pressure points and expansion areas are located, shaped and oriented to apply pressure to selected regions of the trunk, bringing the patient into the best possible 3-dimensional correction while maximizing comfort.
What is a WCR brace?
The process begins with a comprehensive evaluation, which involves a physical examination, radiological assessment, over 40 posture photos taken and a 3D scan. This ensures the brace is personalised and the best possible fit.
2. Brace design and fabrication
Based on the evaluation findings, a custom-designed WCR brace is created by the team at Align Clinic is America. The design of the brace is tailored to the individual's specific spinal curvature and body shape.
The turnaround time is approximately 1 month.
Once the brace arrives, the fitting process begins. During this stage, we ensures that the brace fits snugly and comfortably on the body. The brace is adjusted to apply pressure on specific areas of the torso to help correct the spinal curvature gradually over time. Proper fit is crucial for the effectiveness of the brace treatment.
4. Monitoring and Adjustments
After the brace is fitted, regular monitoring appointments and X-rays are scheduled to assess the progress of the treatment and make any necessary adjustments to the brace. As the patient grows or the curvature changes, modifications may be needed to ensure optimal support and correction.