My last few posts were all about our trip out to California to pick up K.’s brace for her scoliosis. I thought I would share a little info. about the brace.
It’s called an RSC brace – that’s short for “Rigo System Cheneau” brace…it kind of looks like a bionic chunk of Swiss cheese. It’s a very rigid plastic, but the holes allow for torso movement and expansion in the desired places. It’s especially designed to work in conjunction with the Schroth physical therapy program for the treatment of scoliosis.
K. will wear the brace at night and maybe a little while watching TV. Kids who are still experiencing a lot of growth have to wear these braces 22 hours a day. We are building up her wearing time gradually, because the brace is pretty painful at first.
Our goal is to avoid surgery and keep her curves from getting worse. Also, we want to relieve the back pain. Some people actually see a curve reduction using the brace with the Schroth therapy, but that’s not a guarantee. We will give it our best shot and see what happens.
Many thanks to everyone involved in the process of getting the brace for K. and getting her physical therapy program set up! Special thanks to Grant Wood and the great staff at Hanger Prosthetics and also to Kimberly Ganz, PT 🙂