Tele-Rehabilitation for the Orthotic Treatment of Children with Scoliosis

E. Lou, V.J. Raso, and D.L. Hill (Canada)


Orthotics, scoliosis, spine, remote monitoring, bracing, telehealth


Brace treatment is the most common form of non-surgical intervention for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). However, the efficacy of brace treatment for AIS has been hampered by the lack of comprehensive information about compliance and wear patterns. Subjective feeling is the most commonly used method to evaluate how well patients are able to adhere to treatment protocol. Tele rehabilitation enables continuous monitoring and adjustment of orthoses to optimize treatment. A smart brace system was developed to monitor loads exerted by braces during daily living. In addition to the data logging capability, the system is able to send the data or be remotely controlled via the Internet. This feature allows the treatment team members to review the data, provide advice and change the treatment protocol remotely if required.

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