Ortholutions Scoliosis System and the RSC® Brace

The Scoliosis Network and Background

Interview by Michael Pöpping with Dino Gallo

 

 

 

 

 

Ortholutions Scoliosis-Network

 

At OT world 2014, Michael Poepping spoke with Dino Gallo, Master Orthopaedic Technician and Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist (CPO) in Leipzig, about the RSC® Brace treatment system. Mr. Poepping is a Master Orthopaedic Technician, owner of the medical supply store Orthotop in Zurich, and holds a diploma from the International Academy of Orthopaedic Technology in Dortmund.

Michael Pöpping
How did the RSC® Brace scoliosis system come to be?

Dino Gallo about the rsc brace rigo cheneau scoliosis bracing network by ortholutions

Dino Gallo explains the structure of the growing Ortholutions scoliosis network, which is made up of international scoliosis experts

Dino Gallo:
The RSC® brace scoliosis system goes back to Dr. Manuel Rigo. His quest for a standardized scoliosis therapy using trunk orthotics impressed us from the beginning. The aim was, through individual standardization, to arrive at a holistic concept that offers security of support. OL has since developed a patented technical system with which these demands could be implemented.

Michael Pöpping:
How much of a role did the idea of  networking play in this?

Dino Gallo:
The network consists of all kinds of international teams that are generally made up of certified prosthetics/orthotists (CPO), physiotherapists (PT) and medical directors (MD). Our partners meet at events such as SOSORT, for example, and share their latest findings. The central hub is Ortholutions with its database as a communications platform.

Michael Pöpping:
How long have you been collaborating with Dr. Rigo?

rsc scoliosis brace after rigo cheneau by ortholutions manufacturing process

The original RSC Brace is manufactured according to Ortholutions‘ patented methods, whereupon scoliosis therapy is internationally standardized

Dino Gallo:
We got to know Dr. Rigo in the mid nineteen nineties. Together with him, we then thought of possibilities of what a concept for secure scoliosis support could look like. From these requirements, OL then developed a technical system comprising a database and patented production methods. That was in 2001.

Michael Pöpping:
Why do I actually need classification?

Dino Gallo:
Classification and pattern determination by the expert team is generally recommended for all who want maximum security for the care of their scoliosis patients. Only the OL system offers that in this form. That makes the OL system a clear testimony to quality and security of support, which is naturally also outwardly communicated to patients and partners (PT, physicians, associations).

Michael Pöpping:
What are the prerequisites for the scoliosis intensive course?

Dino Gallo:
You should be able to participate with a team of a PT, physician and CPO. Furthermore, general technical experience in handling TLSO braces is useful (relating to adaptations).

ortholutions rigo cheneau scoliosis brace comes with certificate and seal

Every scoliosis patient receives also a certificate confirming the origin and personal classification by Dr. Manuel Rigo; an Ortholutions seal should always be clearly discernible on the RSC brace

Michael Pöpping:
How do I communicate with your specialist team and Dr. Rigo personally?

Dino Gallo:
Communication or writing to the database is via the monitor, that is over the Internet.

Michael Pöpping:
How can I prove the patented manufacture and classification to the patient?

Dino Gallo:
Every RSC comes with a certificate confirming the process of individualized fabrication. Also, every RSC Brace is stamped with a seal.

Michael Pöpping:
What is the exact process?

Dino Gallo:
First, the technicians take measurements on site. Then, a corresponding record of the data is created in the database, whereupon Dr. Rigo makes the classification and determines the pattern. The next steps are shipping and trying on, as well as documentation of the fitting and FU follow-up, check-up.

Michael Pöpping:
How does the CAD method differ from other manufacturing methods?

Dino Gallo:
Essentially, there is a distinction between three types of manufacture: First is hand making, production using a plaster cast and modelling by hand. This produces a positive model according to personal interpretation of the correction mechanisms. Then there is the conventional CAD system for digital recording of the data and modelling. And finally, there are the specialized CAD systems such as the Ortholutions CAD System with data entry, expertise, scoliosis classification and model selection. This allows individual model adaptation while maintaining the curvature-specific biomechanical design of the template. One obtains an individual positive model with a standardized curvature-pattern–specific design.

 

 

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