Ability Introduces Wood Cheneau Rigo Brace for Scoliosis into our Practices
Most of us are familiar with scoliosis. We can remember being in grade school and having someone from a health fair check our spine for any a-typical curvature. We knew a diagnosis would result in a brace, usually bulky, and it could even lead to surgery. But thankfully, science and technology have come a long way since our health fair days. That’s why Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics is introducing the Wood Cheneau Rigo brace through certified clinicians into every office.
The Wood Cheneau Rigo Brace (WCR), created by Grant Wood MS CPO(UK) CO(US), is the thinnest (and therefore most comfortable) brace offered for patients. Our very own Marlies Cabell CPO is one of only eight WCR certified practitioners in the United States. Marlies has used Boston Scoliosis Brace in the past, and while this brace attempted to slow progression of the curves in the spine, she was excited to become certified with the WCR brace because the proven outcomes from unwinding the spine against gravity meant correction for patients.
This was never possible with existing bracing technology. Marlies said, “Saving kids from surgery using my own skillset with an upgrade to Rigo Classifications and Grant Wood’s consistent quality meant life changing results were probable!” In the past, scoliosis was hard to correct non-surgically through the fastest growth spurt of the adolescent years. With the WCR brace unwinding the spine, now teenagers and even adults are able to instantly maintain correction against gravity and avoid surgery altogether. Learning how to spot scoliosis is the first step to correct the curves!
Following these simple steps are key:
- Have your child stand with their arms relaxed by their side. Check to see if their shoulders or waist seem uneven.
- Next, have your child lean forward. Notice any visible abnormalities in the back or ribcage (like a hump or bump).
- If their spine is curved, schedule an appointment with their doctor to measure the curve.
- If your child needs a brace, contact your nearest Ability office for a consultation. Check out our locations here: https://www.abilitypo.com/locations/
The young lady demonstrating the bend above is a WCRAlign Clinic patient who was determined not to undergo surgery. She and her mom learned about a few braces – and she tried a couple – before discovering the WCR technology. Despite being told she was inevitably going to need surgery, the teen spoke with Grant Wood himself and agreed to try the WCR. Her spine is now stabilized and surgery is no longer required..
Here is some info regarding the WCR principals directly from the Align Clinic website:
Thermoplastic braces such as the TLSO Boston Brace places pressure pads over the convexities of the thoracic and lumbar curves in an attempt to correct lateral deviation and rotation. However, Dr. Chêneau of France in 1979 found these general correction principles insufficient, and as a result, he designed a Chêneau brace that endeavors to treat every aspect of the complex 3D deformity. The Chêneau brace is defined as a thermoplastic brace modelled on a hyper-corrected positive plaster-cast of the patient. The general correction principle is that of detorsion and sagittal plane normalization, which would correct the coronal and transverse planes, resulting in some elongation of the spine, without any significant distraction force. During the past few years, Dr. Rigo of Barcelona has furthered the development of the original Chêneau brace by combining his new classification of scoliosis Rigo et al., (2010), Wood, G.I., ISPO, Leipzig, Germany (2010) and Chen, R., Wood, G, (2010).
Ability is so pleased with the WCR product and positive outcomes of this brace that we are hard at work ensuring all practitioners will soon be certified in this technology. If you have questions about your child’s spine, or the brace they’re presently wearing, visit our locations or Contact Us pages to get in touch with your closest Ability location.