VNTC, a MedTech company, has developed Spinamic, reportedly the world’s first vest-like wearable hybrid scoliosis brace, designed to combine the benefits of both conventional rigid and soft-type scoliosis braces.
Spinamic is suitable for a wide range of patients from those with mild scoliotic symptoms to neuromuscular disease patients who struggle to wear rigid plastic braces, according to the company in a news release.
Conventional rigid-type scoliosis braces could result in various side effects, including rib fractures, muscular weakness, shortness of breath, loss of confidence, and depression. As most scoliosis patients are teenagers, who are still growing, these braces may not fit for long or cause hygienic problems.
Spinamic employs a three-point pressure system like rigid braces and features dials used to adjust the pressure strength as the patient’s condition improves. Accordingly, medical professionals can customize the brace as patients grow and also detach its components to wash them easily.
Spinamic’s aesthetic design reduces the visual burden on the patient and provides psychological stability and comfort to maximize compliance, enabling patients to wear it for the recommended wearing time of 18 hours a day.
Gold Prize Winner
In 2020, Spinamic was a Gold Prize winner at International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for its innovative technology, social impact, and aesthetic design, the release explains..
“While a conventional rigid brace takes more than two weeks to manufacture, Spinamic can be immediately customized and delivered based on clinical X-ray data. By gathering data on growth factors and spinal conditions as well as x-ray images, hospitals and parents can check the patient’s treatment progress.
“We also plan to develop a software system that allows hospital to apply tailored treatment program to each patient through real-time monitoring of pressure.”
— a VNTC representative, in the release
[Source(s): VNTC, PR Newswire]