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Dr. Michael G. Vitale Featured in Becker's on Innovative Treatments for Adolescents with Scoliosis

July 31, 2017

Columbia Orthopedics’ Chief of Pediatric Spine and Scoliosis Surgery, Michael Vitale, MD, MPH, was featured in Becker’s Spine Review and discussed his innovative, nonoperative treatment for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). This conservative care treatment will feature an app synced to a smart strap brace that tracks compliance with brace wear and, through increased compliance, lowers the rates of curve progression. The article goes in-depth about this high-tech AIS treatment and future applications for this smart strap, including incorporating it in Schroth exercises. From the article:

"Now it's not just we're prescribing a brace, but we have tools to track brace wear with a parental version, a patient version and a physical therapy version," Dr. Vitale says. "The smart brace is a really interesting opportunity to use technology for patients in a way that is productive for their health and in their best interest."

For more about this treatment and the #CureAIS campaign, read the complete article in Becker’s.

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