*Title: Interface corrective force measurements in Boston brace treatment
Boston보조기 치료에서 정확한 힘의 측정 인터페이스
*Author: J. van den Hout, L. van Rhijn, R. van den Munckhof, A. van Ooy
Brace application has been reported to be effective in treating idiopathic adolescent scoliosis.
The exact working mechanism of a thoracolumbo spinal orthosis is not completely understood.
In this article, working mechanisms is a direct compressive force working through the brace upon the body and thereby correcting the scoliotic deformity, achieving optimal fit of the individual orthosis.
Measured these direct forces exerted by the pads in a Boston brace.
▶Subject number: 16 patients (with idiopathic adolescent scoliosis)
▶Measurement method: using the electronic PEDAR measuring device (Novel, Munich, Germany).
(Designed as an inshoe measuring system. wired to a computer, recording static and dynamic pressure distribution under the plantar surface of the foot.)
-After positioning the inserts between the lumbar and thoracic pads and the body, measured the forces acting upon the body in 8 different postures.
-Mean corrective force (through the brace pad): lumbar > thoracic (in all positions)
-Changes in body posture: significant alterations in the exerted forces.
-Between the magnitude of the compressive force over the lumbar and thoracic brace-pad and the degree of correction of the major curve: no significant correlation
-Corrective forces in new (<6 months) and old (>6 months) brace: no statistically difference.
-The use of this pressure measurement device is practicable and of value for studies of the working mechanism of brace treatment.
-In the future, it might be of help in achieving optimal fit of the individual orthosis.