Research Article
Volume 13 Issue 3 - 2022
Design and Development of Alternative Method to Bracing Used for Treatment of Adolescent Scoliosis
Tochukwu Nze Ugorji1*, James Ifeanyi Nwakanma2, Frankline Chidera Onu2 and Chikwado Kingsley Onwukamuche3
1Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics, School of Health Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria
2Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics, Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy, Enugu, Nigeria
3Prosthetic and Orthotic Unit, Federal Medical Centre Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Tochukwu Nze Ugorji, Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics, School of Health Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria.
Received: November 01, 2021; Published: February 14, 2022




Abstract

Background: Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that is associated with postural disorder and pain when affected individuals are walking or standing erect.

Aim: The aim of this study is to design and develop an alternative method to bracing that will be used to conservatively mange adolescent scoliosis effectively and efficiently by reducing cobb angle and pain.

Materials and Methods: materials needed are; Orthopaedic bed, Metal bars, Orthopaedic Foam, Fabrics, Metal pads, Metal bolts and nuts, Metal pipes. The methods followed are fabrication of six-spring patient’s bed with the metal bars and then fixing six-spring foam on the bed. It was followed by fabrication/formation of metal pads for application of force on the patient’s spine, while lying down on the bed-system and then attachment of the foam pads to the metal pads. Three stands with a bolt and nut for attachment of the metal pads were fabricated and the components were fixed together.

Result: The mechanical bed-system comprised of a metal bed, mattress, counter pressure pad, adjustable screws and metal stand.

Discussion: Although, bracing, casting and physiotherapeutic manipulations can reduce the cobb angle of scoliosis over a period of time (months). However, this device had ushered in a new dimension to the treatment of adolescent scoliosis.

Conclusion: The mechanical bed-system exerts more and tolerable pressure to the spine than the bracing and casting method, hence a better outcome.

Keywords: Scoliosis; Adolescence; Treatment; Mechanical Bed-System; Manipulation

Citation: : Tochukwu Nze Ugorji., et al. “Design and Development of Alternative Method to Bracing Used for Treatment of Adolescent Scoliosis”. EC Orthopaedics 13.3 (2022): 01-04.

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