A picture says a thousand words.
This young client has a significant neurological scoliosis. The images on the left show his postural alignment when sitting with minimal support. Secondary complications of his posturing include; respiratory compromise, gastrointestinal problems, skin integrity issues, difficultly accessing his mobility equipment and communication technology, and overall impaired comfort. Due to his significant scoliosis and other health conditions he is not a candidate for surgery nor has he been able to tolerate a rigid spinal brace.
The images on the right show his posture when sitting with minimal support and wearing his Second Skin Postural Splint. The images clearly depict the structural differences, including spinal position, pelvic symmetry and thoracic space, but the most meaningful changes for him are related to an improvement in his activity and participation levels. He can now tolerate lengthy periods of time in both his wheelchair and standing frame and has developed proficient use of his eye gaze communication device, giving him a new found voice.
A big thank you to this client’s mum for consenting to share his images.