- 300,000 new adolescents are diagnosed with scoliosis every year only in the EU, US and Canada and are subject to passive observation and monitored for progression. Brace therapy is so painful and burdensome that it is only recommended in the more severe 75,000 of them, when it is often too late to correct posture voluntarily. As a consequence of the high miscompliance caused by such pain and burden, about 30,000 of them will require spinal surgery.
- Spinal surgery in adolescents is the second most frequent type of pediatric surgery. More than 20% of these patients will require re-intervention and implant removal, 40% will be considered severely disabled in less than 20 years after intervention, and more than 50% will experience long-term complications during their life-span.
- 4 million adults (160,000 new adults annually) would benefit from effective postural re-education to manage “horrible, excruciating, or distressing” chronic pain resulting from adolescence-consolidated or degenerative scoliosis each year in the EU, US and Canada only.
- Obvious extension of our technology for application to other posture-influenced spinal disorders such as kyphosis and lordosis could entail a ten-fold increase in the referred figures.
- Further extension into prevention of lumbalgia in sedentary workers (a simpler problem from a technological standpoint) could improve the quality of life of 12.5% of the workforce in the EU, US and Canada (those who suffer at least one episode of lumbalgia from sedentary posts every year). That amounts roughly to 55 million people, only in these regions
Clear Scoliosis Institute
US Labor Statistics
Canadian Labor Statistics
EU Labor Force Survey