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Developing a new brace with pressure measurements

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DOI: 10.1186/1748-7161-4-s2-o7
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Abstract BioMed Central Page 1 of 1 (page number not for citation purposes) Scoliosis Open AccessOral presentation Developing a new brace with pressure measurements J Hermus*, M Hulsbosch, N Guldemond and LV Rhijn Address: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University Hospital Maastricht, P.O. Box 5800 6202, AZ Maastricht, the Netherlands Email: J Hermus* - joris[email protected] * Corresponding author Introduction Pressure measurements are being used to understand the working mechanism of the brace, because the forces exerted by a brace cause correction of the scoliotic curve. The aim of the study was to understand the mechanism and effectiveness of adjustments in a newly developed brace by using pressure measurements. Materials and methods Adjustments of a new developed were performed on a sil- icon doll and on one person. The effectiveness of the adjustments was checked by pressure measurements. Results Eight adjustments were performed on the thoracic pelotte of a newly developed brace. One of the adjustments gave the maximum pressure of 41.3 kPa at the apex of the tho- racic curve. The total pressure of the thoracic pelotte was 253.6 kPa. We assume that this adjustment would improve the acceptance and comfort of the brace, and therefore could improve the compliance. Conclusion We conclude that brace adjustments on a new brace should be performed with the help of pressure measure- ments. from 6th International Conference on Conservative Management of Spinal Deformities Lyon, France. 21-23 May 2009 Published: 14 December 2009 Scoliosis 2009, 4(Suppl 2):O7 doi:10.1186/1748-7161-4-S2-O7 <supplement> <title> <p>6th International Conference on Conservative Management of Spinal Deformities</p> </title> <editor>Jean Claude de Mauroy, Theodoros Grivas, Patrick Knott and David Tager</editor> <note>A single PDF containing all abstracts in this Supplement is available <a href="">here</a

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