Custom 3D printed braces for scoliosis treatment

Because the braces could be completely customized, based on the shape of the patient’s body as well as their corrective needs, they were both more efficient and more comfortable for the patient to wear.

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By Brian Krassenstein, 3dprint.com September 8, 2015

The medical applications for 3D printing continue to expand, encompassing numerous areas within both internal and external medicine. For instance, we’ve seen dozens of different 3D printed medical implants, as well as 3D models used for surgical preparation, and of course we also have seen the vast array of external 3D printed devices such as braces and prostheses.

Last June the Rock Hill, South Carolina-based company, 3D Systems, unveiled their bespoke back braces which were entirely 3D printed and used to correct the curvature of the spine caused by severe scoliosis. Because the braces could be completely customized based on the shape of the patient’s body as well as their corrective needs, they were both more efficient and more comfortable for the patient to wear.

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Here we are a little over a year after 3D Systems unveiled their innovative new braces, and now the Chinese are looking into the technology to treat similar conditions which include mild to moderate scoliosis.

The braces currently used in the medical field are clunky, uncomfortable, large and do not allow for the circulation of air. Considering that the braces are supposed to be worn for the majority of the day, these issues often lead children to find ways to remove them.

Embarrassment is often a reason that kids take their braces off, as they protrude out of clothing, and oftentimes other children poke fun at these abnormalities. 3D printing, however, can overcome almost all of the shortcomings of current corrective braces, and that’s just what Dr. Hans-Rudolf Weiss MD and Orthopedic Surgeon in Gensingen, Germany has been working on with Chinese researchers at the National Rehabilitation Aids Research Center in Beijing.

While minor cases of scoliosis tend to go untreated and unnoticed (simply causing the person minor discomfort), severe cases are faced with significant treatment procedures as the only way to reach a normal posture. Traditional treatment includes physical therapy, bracing, casting, and in the most extreme cases surgery. Bracing, one of the more common treatments, is used to keep the spine in its place, and can even gradually reduce the degree of curvature. Of course, the quality and accuracy of the brace, as well as the ability to adjust the brace is paramount to a proper treatment. That is, in a nutshell, exactly what UNYQ is seeking to provide to young girls with scoliosis. Their lightweight, fashionable and functional UNYQ Align braces are not only customizable and cool, but also ensure a perfect, light fit that doesn’t inhibit breathing at all – thus providing better results and a better look. UNYQ is a specialist provider of orthopedic and prosthetic products, and actually brought 3D printing pioneer <a href=

While minor cases of scoliosis tend to go untreated and unnoticed (simply causing the person minor discomfort), severe cases are faced with significant treatment procedures as the only way to reach a normal posture. Traditional treatment includes physical therapy, bracing, casting, and in the most extreme cases surgery. Bracing, one of the more common treatments, is used to keep the spine in its place, and can even gradually reduce the degree of curvature. Of course, the quality and accuracy of the brace, as well as the ability to adjust the brace is paramount to a proper treatment. 3ders.org

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Bracing scoliosis: the evolution to CAD/CAM for improved in-brace corrections, Weiss HR, Seibel S, Moramarco M, Kleban A. Hard Tissue 2013 Nov 25;2(5):43.

Also see
3D Systems Unveils 3D Printed Bespoke Back Brace to Treat Chronic Scoliosis in 3dprint.com
Stylish 3D printed back brace brings fashionable look to female scoliosis patients in 3ders.org

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