The TriaC brace was jointly developed by the University of Groningen and the University of Twente in the Netherlands. The name TriaC is derived from the three C's --- Comfort, Control and Cosmetics. The brace is custom fitted to the patient and consists of two parts --lumbar and thoracic that is interconnected by a flexible coupling device. Unlike conventional rigid braces which can lead to muscle atrophy, the TriaC is a dynamic brace with an open construct that allows for rib cage expansion ( crucial for growing children ) and is easily concealed under clothing for the fashion conscious teen. It's difficult to imagine a more comfortable brace or that a child should experience breathing problems or have difficulty eating with this brace!
A minimum of 20% reduction in Cobb angle is necessary for bracing success. Doctors have found that in many cases, correction is maintained 4 - 6 years after patient weaning from the brace. (See article below)
Clinical Indications for Use of the TriaC brace
~Idiopathic Scoliosis between 15 -40 degrees
~Suitable for all curve types except for curves with apex at the 12th thoracic vertebrae and the 1st lumbar vertebrae
~Patient is skeletally immature