The Sforzesco brace and SPoRT concept (Symmetric, Patient-oriented, Rigid, Three-dimensional) versus the Lyon brace and 3-point systems for bracing idiopathic scoliosis

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2006:123:245-9.


We have developed a new rigid brace, the Sforzesco brace, according to a new concept SPoRT (Symmetric, Patient-oriented, Rigid, Three-dimensional, active). The aim of this study is to verify the first results of the SPoRT concept compared to a classical 3 point system.

Design: A pair-controlled retrospective study.

Population: 15 Patients (22 females), 14.0+/-1.7 years, 39.8+/-9.8 degrees Cobb ( degrees C). We examined for differences between the two groups, at the start with SPoRT worst than LY. All degrees C and degrees B parameters (maximal, average and single localizations) decreased significantly in both groups, apart from thoracic degrees C in LY. SPoRT had better results than LY (P<0.05) for maximal degrees C and average degrees C. Moreover, degrees C clinical results were better (P<0.05) in SPoRT than LY. SPoRT had better results than LY in aesthetic (P<0.05) of the shoulders and waists. Brace is effective in the short term also in high degree curves, and SPoRT obtained statistically significant 80% better degrees C results than LY in the worst scoliosis curve, and 40% in the average of all curves, as well as better aesthetic.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Braces*
  • Equipment Design
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Scoliosis / therapy*