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Scoliosis and Spine Experts

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Our goal is to treat scoliosis effectively in order to prevent it from getting worse -  preventing the need for surgery,  preventing long term back pain, and instructing awareness of alignment in and out of a brace.  We utilize computer aided design to correct scoliosis curves.

Whichever type of brace your orthopedic surgeon recommends we can provide it -  GOSS, Providence, Wilmington, Boston, one piece, bivalve, and others.   We will design the best brace to correct your child's curves.  


"We had the option of seeing an in-network provider, but it didn't seem like there was any genuine caring. Instead we decided to get our daughter's scoliosis brace out of network  because Pat is so great.  She genuinely wants the best for our daughter. "        (Stacy M.)

Spinal Brace Treatment

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Emma Age 13

"We discovered Emma’s scoliosis at a chiropractor visit so was very unexpected and shocking to say the least. We were able to get into a pediatric specialist within two days to see what we were truly dealing with. With a curve of 17&33 she was immediately braced. So many questions while beginning to navigate our new normal. Not gonna sugar coat it, the first two weeks was ROUGH! Lots of lashing out, lack of sleep due to discomfort, discomfort in general, asking to take it off often, negotiating its use, etc...but thankfully that did subside. We found just regular seamless camis work well underneath her brace. She wears a lot of leggings so that’s a bonus in disguising it! Summer may be another story. We bought more baby doll flowy type shirts and can hardly tell when she has it on. "

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Below is an example of a scoliosis curve without (left) and with a brace from PR Orthotics  on (right). 

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Scoliosis bracing

At PR Orthotics we utilize computer aided design to make the perfect back brace to correct your spinal curves.   We provide many different types of braces - all with the same goal of preventing curve correction and the need for spinal surgery.   Scoliosis braces are usually worn a minimum of 18 hours per day.   They take some time to get used to as they are pushing your spine into a straightened alignment.  


https://www.srs.org/professionals/online-education-and-resources/braist-presentation


Please share your story and tips.  progel@prpediatricorthotics.com


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Tatum, Age 11

Tatum wrote her own story about her scoliosis brace.   The truth is that the first few weeks of using a brace are really hard for most kids.  Here are her words of wisdom:  


"Hi my name is Tatum and I have scoliosis. When I first had to get my brace I was really unhappy because it was really uncomfortable to wear it for the first few weeks, I had to wait for weeks till I got used to it. It also took time to get used to because, there were many activities I wanted to do but I had to cut down my hours and I had to choose which ones I got to do. The part I don’t like very much about the brace is when I get it tightened, it takes usually about a couple days to one week. Now everyday I wear my brace and take it off when I do an activity for instance gym in school and my sport outside of school which is karate. I also clean the inside of my brace and I wash my brace undershirt every other day (and since I have two brace shirts I switch on and off). When I do this schedule every day it can reach me up to high hours wearing my brace (although some days I can take my brace off for long times but that's seldom). Doing that schedule wearing my brace for a good amount of time got me up to 21 hours! That's what its like having a brace and what I go through."

iButton Compliance Monitoring

It is becoming more common for physicians to request a compliance monitor be put in a spinal brace.   In the past we had no way to know how much the scoliosis brace was actually being used.   Now we have objective data to show us the amount of wear.   And, it give a nice report for the family and  physician.   Tatum is holding her report which shows excellent compliance.  

Juvenile Scoliosis

Liliana, Age 9, has been wearing a scoliosis brace for 3 years.  Parents are often overwhelmed with the long term need for a scoliosis back brace for their child.   Lily's mom offers this based on her most recent experience.

  

"We couldn’t be happier with our current back brace that was custom measured by Pat Rogel. Pat was sensitive to my tween daughter's self image while in the brace (16+ hours) and fit the brace to help boost her self confidence. She offered resources for support groups and made sure that wearing the TLSO was less cumbersome, all while successfully treating her condition. Comfort and mobility are no longer an issue and we are forever grateful! "


PR Orthotics treats a high volume of infantile and juvenile scoliosis patients.  Pat Rogel has treated hundreds of children with custom scoliosis braces.  The youngest infant was 2 days old.  Although the majority of children diagnosed with scoliosis are pre-teens, Pat sees many children age 5 to 10 who have scoliosis.  

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Spinal stress injuries

ETHAN  17 yo level 10 gymnast

High level athletes endure huge amounts of dynamic stress that is often absorbed in the spine.   After over 10 years of participating in high level men's gymnastics Ethan sustained a L5 Spondylolysis.  

Spondylolysis is a breaking down (dissolution) of a portion of a vertebra called the pars interarticularis, which can separate. Spondylolysis can be a cause of abnormal movement of the spine (spondylolisthesis) and lead to long term back pain.