WCR Brace Therapy For Scoliosis


From a superficial perspective, the spine of a scoliosis patient appears as a C or an S shape. However, an internal view reveals a much more complex confluence of factors. The vertebrae in the spine rotate as they form a curve; spaces between the vertebrae may become compressed in some areas and stretched in others. Due to these irregularities, corrective measures for scoliosis require a 3-D approach to address the curve from all angles.

Traditional orthotic devices such as the Boston Brace attempt to correct lateral deviation and rotation by placing pressure pads over the convexities of the thoracic and lumbar curves. However, Dr. Jacques Cheneau of France realized the limitations of this two-dimensional approach; he developed a brace that endeavors to treat every aspect of the complex 3D deformity. Dr. Emanuel Rigo of Barcelona, Spain was inspired by Cheneau’s work and he expanded on it. Researchers in the United States further fine-tuned the Rigo-Cheneau prototype, resulting in a highly detailed and effective brace that is custom-designed to each patient’s pressure points and breathing points.

Dr. Jacques Cheneau
Dr. Emanuel Rigo

Based on the breakthrough work of Dr. Cheneau and Dr. Rigo, today’s WCR (Wood-Cheneau Rigo) brace represents the most advanced therapeutic orthotic equipment for the effective restoration of normal posture. Since each individual’s curvature, pressure points, and breathing points are unique, our highly trained orthotists work with each patient in designing the exact device to address their specific needs. Throughout the corrective process, they work personally with patients providing regular monitoring of progress, follow-up, and necessary adjustments.

Constructed of a lightweight thermoplastic material called polypropylene, the WCR device is light-years ahead of the cumbersome cage-like braces of yesteryear; worn underneath the patient’s clothing, it is virtually unnoticeable. While initially uncomfortable, most patients adapt easily to the brace after about one week.