3D Printed, Fashionable Back Braces Encourage Kids With Scoliosis To Wear Them
Personalized medical devices for young adults improve the chances of treatment success.
Scoliosis braces have come a long way since they were first invented, but 3D Systems wants to create something a bit more personal. The company released plans for “Bespoke” on Monday, which is a 3D-printed brace that can be tailored to the backs of children and young adults who suffer from the condition. Millions of people have to deal with the fact their spines curve at a sideways angle, but the hope is the 3D-printed brace can give them a new way to express their individuality.
Even though children with Scoliosis are often required to wear a brace nearly full time for an average of 2-3 years, it’s common for patients to remove the brace with enough frequency that they require much more invasive surgery. In contrast to unappealing stock models, each 3DS design would be unique, made from comfortable lightweight materials, and feature stylish patterns.