Is the co-founder of Align Clinic in San Mateo, California and has over 25 years of experience in the areas of prosthetic and orthotic patient care, management, product development, and scientific research. He is an active presenter, researcher, and winner of awards in prosthetics and orthotics. Grant Wood is also a specialist in scoliosis bracing with the Cheneau brace and the Rigo-Cheneau braces. He has the unique qualification of having trained and mentored with Dr. Rigo and Dr. Cheneau since 1996. Since then, Grant Wood has worked on numerous research publications, studies and workshops on the Cheneau and Cheneau Rigo braces. Grant Wood’s professional career as an orthotist and prosthetist spans work in the USA, England and Spain, where he worked for eight years at Group IDEO in Sevilla and Malaga. Grant Wood holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Salford, School of Prosthetics and Orthotics in England. His post-graduate thesis was on idiopathic scoliosis treatment using the Cheneau brace at the Research Institute for Health, University of Salford. As well as being British certified in prosthetics and orthotics, he completed his American Board Certification in Orthotics, to become an ABC Certified Orthotist (CO) and US Board Certified in Prosthetics.
Cheneau Brace and Rigo-Cheneau brace experience
Personally designed, hand-modified many Rigo-Cheneau braces and, fit over 1000 Cheneau braces from 1996 to present.
Completed various workshop and educational courses on Rigo-Cheneau and Cheneau braces in Barcelona and Seville presented by Dr. Rigo and Dr. Cheneau.
Rigo. M. (2014), Chêneau Rigo brace modification training while using the Rigo Curve Classification. Instituto E. Salvá, Barcelona, Spain.
Rigo. M. (2013), Chêneau Rigo brace modification training while using the Rigo Curve Classification. Instituto E. Salvá, Barcelona, Spain.
Rigo, M. (2009), Rigo Cheneau brace practical and theoretical training. Germany.
Rigo, M. (2007), Rigo Cheneau brace practical and theoretical training. Instituto E. Salva, Barcelona, Spain.
Rigo, M. Cheneau, J. (2000), 3rd Orthotics Workshop on the Cheneau brace. Instituto E. Salva, Barcelona, Spain.
Rigo, M. (2000), 3rd Workshop on the theory and practical aspects of the Cheneau brace. Instituto de Especialidades Ortopédicas, Seville, Spain.
Chêneau, J., Rigo, M., García, J. (1997), 1st Workshop on the theory and practical aspects of the Chêneau brace. Instituto de Especialidades Ortopédicas, Seville, Spain.
Rigo, M., Cheneau, J. (1997), 2nd Orthotics Workshop on the Cheneau brace. Instituto E. Salvá, Barcelona, Spain
Journal articles, papers and thesis completed on the Cheneau brace
Wood, G.I. (2014) Bracing Efficacy in the Patient with Idiopathic Scoliosis: Improvements in Technique and Care Coordination. Published in Vol. 10 No. 3 of Academy Today, American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetist Special Edition Journal
Wood, G.I. (2014) Reversing Scoliosis and Brace Treatment of a Proximal Structural Curve. Published in the March O&P EDGE
Wood, G.I. (2014), Brace modifications that can result in improved curve correction in idiopathic scoliosis. Published in Scoliosis Journal
Wood, G.I. (2013), To Brace or not to Brace- Three-Dimensional Nature and Growth Considerations for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Published in the Academy Today, American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetist Special Edition Journal
Brace. Published in the American Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics: Volume 23, Number 2
Chen, R., Wood G.I. (2010), Inter-observer and Intra-observer Reliability and Reproducibility of the Rigo Classification for Idiopathic Scoliotic Curves. Poster presentation. Reno, NV.
Wood, G.I. (2003), Comparison of surface topography and x-ray values during idiopathic scoliosis treatment using the Cheneau brace, Master of Science by thesis, University of Salford, UK.
Rigo, M., Wood, G.I. (2001a), the treatment of scoliosis with a hypercorrection TLSO- the Cheneau brace system, part 1, Barcelona.
Rigo, M., Wood, G.I. (2001b), the hypercorrection Cheneau brace system utilizing the classification of King in the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis, part 2, Barcelona.
Seminars and Presentations of the Cheneau Brace
Wood, G.I. (2015) A Five-Year Case Study of an Infantile Scoliosis Patient Using Schroth Therapy and Cheneau Type Scoliosis Brace. SOSORT 2015; Katowice, Poland
Wood G.I. (2015) Wood Cheneau Rigo brace principles and BSPTS PT C1 training course. Boston, MA
Wood G.I. (2014) Wood Cheneau Rigo brace principles and BSPTS PT C1 training course. Hunter College, NY
Wood, G.I. (2013), Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT): The Cheneau Brace using Rigo Principles and the Wood Cheneau Rigo (WCR) Brace, Wiesbaden, Germany.
Wood G.I.(2014), BSPTS PT C1 and C2 training course, Wood Cheneau Rigo brace presentation. Scoliosis Rehab, WI
Wood, G.I., Mangino, M. (2014), BSPTS PT, WCR brace presentation. Manhattan, NY
Wood, G.I. (2013), Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT): The Cheneau Brace using Rigo Principles and the Wood Cheneau Rigo (WCR) Brace. Chicago, IL.
Wood, G.I. (2013), American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetist Spinal Orthotics Society: Panel discussion on X-ray analysis. Orlando, FL.
Wood, G.I. (2013), Rigo Classification of Scoliosis and Brace Design. 1st International Congress on Advanced Methods of Scoliosis Treatment, Isfahan Medical University of Iran, Isfahan, Iran.
Wood, G.I. (2012), the Cheneau Brace by Rigo Principles. 1st Curvy Girls International Convention, Invited Guest Speaker, Long Island, NY.
Wood, G.I. (2012), Rigo-Cheneau brace. Scoliosis Rehab, Stevens Point, WI.
Wood, G.I. (2012), Rigo-Cheneau Brace. 38th Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. http://www.oandp.org/publications/jop/index12.asp
Wood, G.I. (2011), Quality Control of Idiopathic Scoliosis treatment in 147 patients while using the RSC brace, University of California at San Francisco.
Wood G.I., Chen, R. (2011), Inter-observer and Intra-observer Reliability and Reproducibility of the Rigo Classification for Idiopathic Scoliotic Curves, University of California at San Francisco.
Wood G.I. (2010), Specific Scoliosis Classification Correlating with Brace Treatment: Description and Reliability of Rigo Classification. ISPO 2010, Leipzig, Germany.
Rigo, M., Wood, G.I. (2009), Brace Design According to Biomechanical Principles of Correction in AIS – “The RSC Brace.” Reno, NV.
Rigo, M., Wood, G.I. (2008), Principles of Correction Rigo-System-Cheneau. Germany.
Wood, G.I., García, J. (2001), the treatment of scoliosis with the Cheneau brace. Hospital Civil, Malaga, Spain.
Wood, G.I., Rigo, M. (1999), the treatment of scoliosis with a hyper-correction TLSO- the Cheneau brace system. British Association of Prosthetist and Orthotists (BAPO) 5th Annual Scientific Meeting, Seminar 4, Harrogate, UK.
Scoliosis Brace Clinics
Wood, G.I., Rigo. M (2015) San Mateo WCR Brace clinic with Dr. Rigo. Align Clinic, San Mateo, CA.
Wood, G.I. (2014), Scoliosis: Schroth Physical Therapy and Bracing Clinic. Scoliosis Rehab, Stevens Point, WI.
Wood, G.I., Mangino, M. (2014), Wood Cheneau Rigo (WCR) brace clinic. Bay Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Supply Co, Inc., Huntington Station, NY.
Rigo. M (2013), Cheneau brace modification training while using the Rigo Curve Classification. Instituto E. Salva, Barcelona, Spain.
Wood, G.I. (2013), To Brace or not to Brace- Three-Dimensional Nature and Growth Considerations for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Published in the Academy Today, American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetist Special Edition Journal (AAOP), July 2013
Wood, G.I., Mangino, M. (2013), Wood Cheneau Rigo (WCR) brace clinic. Bay Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Supply Co, Inc., Huntington Station, NY.
Rigo, M., Wood, G.I. (2012), Scoliosis: Schroth Physical Therapy and Bracing Clinic. Scoliosis Rehab, Stevens Point, WI.
Wood, G.I., Gallo, D. (2011), Rigo-Cheneau Scoliosis Brace Clinic. San Mateo, CA.
Wood, G.I. (2011), Scoliosis: Schroth Physical Therapy and Bracing Clinic. Scoliosis Rehab, Stevens Point, WI.
Wood, G.I. (2010), Scoliosis: Schroth Physical Therapy and Bracing Clinic. Scoliosis Rehab, Stevens Point, WI.
Wood, G.I., Gallo, D. (2010), Rigo-Cheneau Scoliosis Brace Clinic. San Mateo, CA.
Rigo, M., Wood, G.I. (2009), Scoliosis: Schroth Physical Therapy and Bracing Clinic. Scoliosis Rehab, Stevens Point, WI.
Wood, G.I. (2008), Scoliosis: Schroth Physical Therapy and Bracing Clinic. Scoliosis Rehab, Stevens Point, WI.
American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetist Spinal Orthotics Society: The current leadership: Chair: Sun Hae Jang, CO with Gillette Children’s Specialty in St. Paul, MN. Vice-Chair: Grant Wood, MS, CO of Align Clinic in San Mateo, CA. Treasurer: Kara Davis, CPO, LO with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.
International Society Of Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) member.
I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude for Grant Wood and the Align Clinic staff. My daughter was first diagnosed with scoliosis in March 2013. At the time, our doctor recommended that we have her fitted with the standard Boston brace from an orthotist here in New York. My daughter wore the Boston brace for up to 23 hours per day for about 6 months, but when we went in for our follow up appointment with her doctor, we saw minimal correction of the curve while wearing her brace. Like many parents, I was dismayed that my daughter wasn’t making much progress in her Boston brace.
At a meeting of the Curvy Girls scoliosis support group, I was told about a different brace being made by Grant Wood in California. I decided to give Align Clinic a call to schedule an appointment for my daughter. I’m so glad that I did! Grant Wood is very knowledgeable about scoliosis, how to treat it, and the impact it has on his patients. We flew to his office in San Mateo, CA for the fitting of the brace. Over a period of 3 days, he patiently worked with me and my daughter for hours to get the best fit of his WCR Brace, listening to any of our questions or concerns. The Align Clinic staff were all friendly and helpful at working with our insurance company. When my daughter got her in brace x-ray wearing the WCR Brace, she and I were floored with the difference in result. Unlike in the Boston Brace, which reduced her curve size by just a few degrees, the WCR Brace corrected her from pre-brace 22 degrees thoracic and 27 degrees lumbar down to just 3 degrees thoracic and 19 degrees lumbar in brace. My daughter is also much more comfortable wearing the WCR Brace than she was in her Boston brace. We continue to see Grant when he holds his clinics on Long Island for regular follow up care and I am always able to reach him if I have any questions come up. I highly recommend Grant Wood and the WCR Brace for any parent looking to treat their child’s scoliosis in an effective and conservative manner.
Laurie J Levine, M.D. Great Neck, NY December 2014 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
My daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis two years ago and had not had success with bracing. We contacted Grant Wood from the advice of a friend to see if the Wood Cheneau Rigo brace would be an option for my daughter. Grant returned my call promptly, and we chatted about my daughter’s situation.
Grant was holding a three-day scoliosis brace clinic a few hours away from our home, so we decided to have Grant make a brace and meet him in Long Island, NY (he lives in CA). We drove to Long Island from Connecticut a few weeks before this clinic to have Mike Mangino (fellow orthotist) measure and cast my daughter. He shipped the cast and measurements to Grant at Align Clinic in San Mateo, California who made the brace and brought it with him to Long Island. We stayed in Long Island for the three days so Grant could fit my daughter to the brace and make any needed adjustments.
The Wood Cheneau Rigo brace is a lightweight brace that fits very comfortably. My daughter has had two other braces, and she stated that this one is by far the most comfortable. She has worn the brace for one month so far without any complaints. Her posture is much better while she is wearing her brace and it is hardly noticeable under her clothing. My daughter is in middle school and wears her brace all day in school with no problems. We are very satisfied with the quality and comfort of the Wood Cheneau Rigo brace.
Grant is a dedicated and caring orthotist who is a credit to his profession. He spent hours with us, asking and answering questions and making sure my daughter’s brace was perfect for her. He was patient, kind, understanding, and helpful while he was caring for my daughter. I would highly recommend that anyone who is looking for a caring, dedicated, and professional individual to seek the services of Grant Wood.
Annette N. Uncasville, Connecticut. November 2013. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
In April of 2013, my daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis. Her upper thoracic curve was 40 degrees and the lower was 35 degrees. She was braced immediately. Lucky for us, we were at a Long Island Curvy Girls meeting (a support group for girls with scoliosis) the weekend after she was braced. At that meeting, we were very well educated in the current conservative treatment options for scoliosis. In December of 2013, her curves increased to 55 and 35 degrees. The conversation with our doctor was devastating, and he said that nothing would help her but surgery. It was obvious to us that the brace she was in was not holding her curve. My husband and I decided we needed to do everything we could do to help stop the curve. This is when she started Schroth therapy, a scoliosis-specific physical therapy, and we began intensive research about the Rigo-Cheneau brace.
Again, Curvy Girls stepped in. They told us that Grant would be in New York for a brace clinic. We met with Grant and he informed us about the difficulties of working with such a large curve. However, he was optimistic that his brace could improve it. Grant’s words spoke to my heart- finally, someone believes they can help her! My husband and I decided to move forward and make her a Wood Cheneau Rigo brace. She received her new WCR brace when Grant came in for a brace clinic in April of 2014. It was a difficult transition into the WCR, but with support from Grant, she was able to get through it. We anxiously awaited her "in-brace" x-ray and were elated to find that the brace was correcting a large curve down to a 30/21 degree curve!!!! Looking at a side by side view of the Boston brace and WCR brace X-rays, it is amazing to see the correction that the WCR brace has made.
My daughter is a very active pre-teen who is on three competition dance teams. She wears her brace 18-19 hours a day, even though her doctor suggested 16 hours. She is doing Schroth but not as religiously as I would like her to. We went to her doctor in August of 2014 and we were told that she has successfully stopped the progression of her curve. She is still at a Risser 0, but Grant's enthusiasm makes her feel that she can do this!!!! Grant is her biggest cheerleader, and in this crazy journey, our children need someone like Grant on their side.
I feel fate has driven her scoliosis journey. We have been blessed with finding the Curvy Girls, who have helped to lead us to this type of treatment. Also, the fact that Grant comes to New York several times a year is an amazing gift. He is providing successful, cutting edge treatment for my daughter's scoliosis and we are grateful.
We went to the Curvy Girls Convention this past June, and I noticed a change in attitude of the girls who are braced in a WCR because of their success. I believe that the WCR will help many girls have success with bracing and hopefully avoid surgery. My daughter is a tough cookie and is determined to make it work. My husband and I know her scoliosis journey is not over but I am sure no matter where she goes, she will always take a part of Grant with her.
Gina O. Long Island, NY. September 2014. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Our daughter was diagnosed with mild scoliosis in May 2013. That day marked the beginning of my internet research obsession. Everyone urged me to shut off the computer but I am glad that I didn’t listen because it was that research that led us to Grant Wood and his three dimensional brace. During our three month “wait and see” period I was fortunate to have an opportunity to meet with Grant in NY. He was professional, thorough and meticulous with his measurements, and he patiently spent an hour of his time with us as I bombarded him with questions. I left impressed, thinking that if my daughter’s curve progressed in the next 6-12 months, I would contact him. It made sense to me to treat an asymmetric trunk with an asymmetric brace and to address a three dimensional condition with a brace that works in all three planes.
Things did not progress as expected and 3 months later we were devastated to learn that our daughter needed a brace ASAP! Thankfully we were prepared and our first call was to Align Clinic. Grant reviewed the new x-rays and calmly explained that he thought his brace could help. I tried my best to get a guarantee that he could stop her curve from progressing and a week later, in California, I demanded a 50% in-brace correction because I had read that that is what gets the best results. To Grant’s credit, he never promised me anything but that he would do his best. His best exceeded my tough expectations! Alexa’s in-brace x-ray showed a 100% correction of her main thoracic curve!
It should be noted that even the best crafted brace cannot help a child with scoliosis if that child cannot, or will not, wear it. This is another area where Grant makes a huge difference. He was so patient and kind and spent so much time listening to Alexa’s complaints. He spent countless hours adjusting her brace in order to relieve any discomfort. He also never minimized our concerns about cosmetics and diligently worked to cut away whatever he could without compromising function. The result was a brace that she can live with both physically and emotionally and no one knows she is wearing it unless she tells them. Our orthopedist told us that a good correction plus compliance will lead to good results.
Grant gave us a great correction and made great compliance possible and I now I almost look forward to her next x-ray! I would also like to add that I was nervous about using an orthotist so far from our home. However, Grant is very responsive to our emails and phone calls and we feel that all of our concerns have been addressed. We are also very grateful that we are able to check in with him when he comes to NY as well! Many thanks to Paul, Anthony, and Mohammed too – you all helped make our experience at Align Clinic this summer the best it could be!
We had every reason to look forward to our daughter's first out of brace x-ray. After four months of full-time WCR bracing combined with 5 times per week of BSPTS our orthopedist said that he never would have guessed that her pre-brace and out-of-brace x-rays were from the same person! While the goal of bracing is just to stop curve progression, the radiologist's report now notes "mild scoliosis of the thoracic lumbar junction with considerable improvement" compared to her x-ray taken just 4 months before! She also grew 4 cm during this time. Her posture has changed dramatically and her "rib hump" is no longer visible to the untrained eye. While we do understand that this is just the beginning of her scoliosis journey and that there are no guarantees for the future, we feel very blessed to be in the care of Grant Wood.
UPDATE: In the year since Alexa was diagnosed with scoliosis and braced by Grant Wood, we quickly learned that the only thing that is predictable about scoliosis is that it is unpredictable. We were told by our orthopedist that the goal of bracing was to stop curve progression. Over the last twelve months, Alexa has worn her WCR Brace compliantly, done her exercises, grew 3 inches, and her curve has been improving beyond all expectations. Her main thoracic curve, which measured 41 degrees before she was braced, is now so small (out of brace) that it no longer meets the definition of scoliosis! In the past year we have seen both expected and unexpected changes and results. It is so important to choose a scoliosis professional that has the experience and patience to monitor and deal with these changes in order to ensure that your child gets the best possible outcome. Your relationship does not end when you walk out the door with your brace. We can't thank Grant enough for his commitment to always finding the best solution for Alexa's unforeseen bracing issues. Alexa has been closely monitored by Grant and, although we know that he is a very busy man, he has always made us feel like Alexa is his only patient. A Patient's Choice Award recognizes a physician for the difference he has made in the lives of his patients. Grant is not a doctor but he has made the biggest difference and he is deserving of such an award in my book!
Dani F. Syosset, NY ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
We have had a very positive experience working with Grant Wood and the Wood Cheneau Rigo brace. After considering other options, we decided to go with the Wood Cheneau Rigo brace due to not only the promising clinical results but also the comfort relative to other braces. My daughter has always been hypersensitive to tight and scratchy clothing, and we were worried about whether she would be able to adapt to wearing a brace for 23 hours a day. We are happy that it took a relatively short while for her to get used to the Wood Cheneau Rigo. Within a few days she was sleeping at night without complaint. She is very compliant and wears her brace as recommended with consistency. We feel very fortunate to have found the Wood Cheneau Rigo brace. The service and care which we have received has been of excellent quality. My thanks to Grant Wood for all of his work and consideration. I recommend him highly.
Marcia D. Boulder, CO September 2014 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
I would like to express my appreciation and respect for Mr. Grant Wood and the dedication he has shown in helping individuals with scoliosis. Although I am a cardiologist and in the medical field, I had had little experience dealing with scoliosis, until one of my own children was diagnosed with it. My daughter was 11 when she was diagnosed with scoliosis. Her mother noticed a slight asymmetry to her spine and subsequent x-rays revealed the scoliosis. Her lumbar curve was initially 21 degrees and her thoracic curve was 16 degrees. She did not have any symptoms, and her orthopedic doctor wanted to initially take a conservative approach and wait on any form of treatment. After 6 months the lumbar curvature was stable, but the thoracic curve had increased to 24 degrees. The follow-up x-rays also revealed that her growth plates were almost closed.
Alarmed by the progression and realizing there was very little time left before her growth was complete, my wife and I began to research all the different treatment options for scoliosis. I was particularly interested in the scientific literature and trials being performed overseas. Using modern scientific methods, these trials showed significant improvements with the Schroth technique, a technique that has been used in Europe for many years. We spent our summer vacation in Steven’s Point, Wisconsin at Scoliosis Rehab learning the Schroth methods.
The Rigo Cheneau brace was the natural choice to complement this therapy. The doctor was supportive of this approach and wrote the prescription for the brace. We discovered that Grant Wood is the only orthotist in the United States who can provide a genuine Rigo Cheneau brace. Only Grant’s brace is supervised and approved by Dr. Rigo himself. Even though we live in Colorado, it was a very easy process to obtain the brace from him. Grant’s office was very helpful and he was quite accessible both on the phone and by email. First he reviewed the x-rays from the orthopedic surgeon here.
I arranged for my wife and daughter to fly out to San Francisco on a Wednesday evening. They stayed at an airport hotel, which was very close to the office in San Mateo. He met them early on Thursday morning and spent most of the day getting just the right fit on the brace. After a visit with him the next morning they left on a flight back home.
Six weeks after the fitting Grant requires an in-brace x-ray so he can make adjustments if necessary. Anna’s Cobb angle for her thoracic curve decreased to 13 degrees and her lumbar curve dropped to zero! Her orthopedic doctor said that in 20 years of practice she had never seen that dramatic of an improvement. Anna has now finished her bracing therapy, but continues with Schroth exercises. Her scoliosis is stable and she has only a minimal residual curve at this point. In fact, at her last visit to her orthopedic surgeon, the doctor said that she didn’t need to come for any return visits!
Dr. Christopher R. Cole, M.D., FHRS, FACC Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab – Penrose Hospital Medical Director, CSC Research Institute
I am writing to let you know how much CM and I appreciate all that you have done to help CM with his scoliosis. During our visit to San Mateo we were treated with such great care. The staff was helpful assisting us and handling the details of scheduling for us with the restrictions we face for being out of town. I am thankful for the meticulous attention that you paid to the construction and adjustments of CM’s brace. You were not willing to let him leave with anything less than what you felt was best for him. I appreciate the extra time that you and your staff were willing to put into the brace to insure its best fit. This is a strong indication that your business goal is not about making a specialty back brace but rather helping a young man minimize/correct scoliosis. I felt that CM was a much higher priority than constructing a functional brace.
Even prior to our meeting, you recognized a need for patients with scoliosis to have an option that is not readily available in the United States that has been shown to be beneficial as well. You took the initiative and risk to study this brace design and construction and introduce it to patients in our country. This forward thinking on behalf of patients is to be commended.
One of the highlights of our visit was that it was highly personal. You and your staff showed interest in CM, in who he is as a person, his interests and abilities and how he is affected by wearing a brace. There was special attention paid to instruction and teaching whenever the opportunity to arose. As a parent, I recognize the enormous value of another adult to be especially interested in my child and especially in regard to a new and difficult phase in life. For this I am grateful.
Dr. Clint Myers, MD. Anesthesiologist. Indianapolis, Indiana.
I am a physiotherapist in Germany and have written a book about our special conservative Three-Dimensional Scoliosis Treatment which was created by my mother, Katharina Schroth.
I received an e-mail from a mother in the USA with her nearly three-year-old son who has scoliosis with already 80° curvature. His posture was very bad. I saw this in the pictures she sent me. She wrote me, she wants to have the same success with her child as the five-year-old boy in the pictures in my book. I gave her instructions on what and how to do the special exercises that she can see in my book and help him perform. Every few months she sent me new pictures, which always show good results. I gave her from time to time via e-mail new exercises for her son. – So he is now very much more upright, but his hip of the thoracic concave side still stands out sideways. I explained to her again, that this is the most important thing -- to bring this hip inward.
Then she went to the orthotist Grant Wood in California. He constructed a brace for the little boy to wear during the day and another to wear at night. Now the boy is nearly five years old and some cm taller. Grant Wood created a new brace, which corrects the outstanding hip, and now at 42 degrees curvature. The brace has big openings and one can see that the boy has enough space to breath into his concavities. It seems that these formerly concave ribs are now convex. So we have the expectation that he can hold his good posture over the time of puberty with the good Schroth exercises and the good brace without surgery.
My daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis a little over a year ago, at 11 years old. Aside from being completely devastated, I was also very motivated to research the best possible treatment for my daughter. I am a registered nurse and believe strongly that patients and families should be educated in the choices of treatments and course of care for all healthcare. After a lot of research I found Grant Wood's site and was impressed with the Rigo Cheneau brace, and the clinical results and the philosophy and physiology behind it. I truly believe that by getting a Rigo Cheneau brace through Grant I have gotten my daughter the best treatment for her scoliosis available in this country. Grant is also a very dedicated, friendly, compassionate and dependable person who I have enjoyed meeting and communicating with over the past year and a half. He has always made us feel valued and cared for in all emails and in personal visits. We are very happy with our decision to seek treatment from Grant. He has always done excellent work on my daughter's brace and made appropriate adjustments as necessary. Her spine is currently corrected more than 50 percent in brace which had my orthopedist very pleased. My daughter is very happy with the brace as well because it is not as big and bulky and padded as many of the other scoliosis braces tend to be. I would highly recommend the Rigo Cheneau brace and well as Grant Wood to anyone.
I am a physical therapist and a mom whose son has scoliosis. My son is being successfully treated with the Rigo Cheneau brace and the Schroth method of scoliosis exercise. We are very pleased with the results so far. From a professional perspective, I think that this is the ideal approach to effectively address both the cosmetic and functional aspects of scoliosis. Furthermore, Grant Wood has been most understanding and accommodative to the individual treatment concerns and needs of my son for which my family and I are greatly appreciative.
Renee S. Physical Therapist , DPT, OCS, MTC. Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Several months ago, Grant Wood made a brace for scoliosis for us and we needed it within days. It arrived promptly and he then further customized it so that it fit perfectly. My daughter’s scoliosis outside of the brace for her thoracic curve is 47 degrees, in brace it is 36.5 degrees. Her lumbar curve is 34.7 degrees, in the brace it goes down to 25.8 degrees! We are very pleased with the attention to detail and the expertise that Grant brings to his work.
Grant Wood is an exceptional professional in the field of scoliosis management. After my daughter was diagnosed with moderate/severe scoliosis at age 9, we learned about the Rigo- Cheneau brace and Grant’s expertise with this method. We feel so fortunate to be working with Grant. In addition to his incredible training and knowledge about scoliosis management, Grant is a kind, patient, and thoughtful care provider who takes time to connect with my daughter and me at each visit. He is meticulous in his attention to measurement details and brace adjustments to ensure progress as well as comfort. Grant has given me confidence and optimism regarding my daughter’s condition that no orthopedist was able to offer. My daughter’s MD stated that Grant's brace did in 12 hours a day of part-time wearing what the Boston brace would take full time use to do, i.e. 23 hours a day. The curve went from prebrace Cobb angle of 24 degrees to out of brace Cobb angle of 12 degrees. It is Grant that is making the biggest impact on the outcome of my daughter’s scoliosis and we are grateful to be in his care.
Shell P. Registered Nurse, BSN. John Muir Hospital, Walnut Creek, CA.
I cannot express the gratitude my husband and I have for Grant Wood. He is a large part of the great team of people treating our daughter who have changed the way she views herself, the way she views her diagnosis of Scoliosis, and the way she views her future of living with it. We are extremely impressed with his level of expertise and passion for his work. He is dedicated to providing the best service on all levels to his patients, and we thank you Grant, for doing what you do so well. You have changed our lives in a most positive fashion.
The following has been our experience so far….
Our daughter was diagnosed with mild idiopathic scoliosis at the age of 11. She had a thoracic curve angle of 18.5 degrees and a lumbar curve of 23.5 degrees. We decided to be aggressive and not wait for her to progress before treating her disease. We initiated a Schroth based Physical Therapy program for her in Stevens Point, WI where we learned of Grant Wood and the Rigo Cheneau brace. Upon our first conversation with Grant we found him to be very approachable and knowledgeable. He increased our level of understanding on the standard of treatment for Scoliosis and offered us hope while keeping our expectations realistic.
Grant also worked with us on a financial level. As our daughters curve had not yet progressed to 25 degrees, our insurance company denied us any coverage for a back brace. This was a disappointing setback, but Grant worked with us to keep the Rigo Cheneau brace affordable which made it possible for us to make the trip to California for the fitting. He consolidated the fitting to one day which kept our overall cost of the trip down and allowed us to miss less school and work.
Our daughter does very well with her Rigo Cheneau brace and tells us she has overall less back pain, especially when she is active in her sports. After wearing it at night, for only 4 weeks, both of her curves have shown correction on the in brace X-ray. Her thoracic curve decreased from 18.5 to 13.9 degrees, and her lumbar curve decreased from 23.5 to 12.4 degrees. We have also seen her rotational deformity reduced and she is happier with how she looks. We have gradually increased her wear time and she is doing very well during the day with minimal complaints.
As our battle with Scoliosis has only just begun we are confident that we are on a very positive path and have made the right decision to seek treatment from Grant Wood with the Rigo Cheneau brace and from Scoliosis Rehab Inc. for Schroth based Physical Therapy.
As a former brace wearer 35+ years ago, I was shocked and disappointed when my daughter’s orthopedic surgeon prescribed her the same Boston brace I wore as a teen. I immediately hit the internet to find other options. I found a lot of bad information, but then I finally found Grant Wood via our local Schroth instructor, Julie Edelman. The Rigo Cheneau brace looked intriguing!
I called Grant and spoke with him several times to learn about the Rigo Cheneau brace. He was very generous with his time to answer all my questions and educate me on the Rigo Cheneau brace and how it works with the Schroth method. He also gave me contact information so I could talk to some of his other patients’ parents. I decided to pursue the Rigo Cheneau brace for my 13-year-old daughter.
She was casted in CO and Grant worked with the orthotist here to get the proper cast and measurements. They worked together to ship the cast to Grant and we flew to CA to get the brace fit. Grant was very professional, yet kind. I was very concerned (ok, a bit freaked out) about my daughter getting a brace. My own experiences with a Milwaukee and then a Boston brace were horrible. The Boston was hot and tight and took me weeks to adjust to it. I repeatedly had rashes and heat blisters on my hips. I also wasn’t able to eat normally due to the tightness.
At the Rigo Cheneau brace fitting, Grant was very clear about how the brace should feel and did as many iterations as necessary to get it just right. My daughter took about 3 days to get used to the brace and was able to sleep in it right from the start. She is mostly comfortable and never complains about it being hot or tight. She has had a couple minor skin irritations and Grant has been quick to remedy any problems with the brace when we request it. We are able to ship the brace back and forth for minor adjustments. Grant always gives me clear instructions on marking the brace and we email photographs to aid with mail-in adjustments.
My daughter is in her 2nd Rigo Cheneau brace now. She does Schroth most days and her curves have held steady. The original Boston brace-prescribing orthopedic surgeon told her to wear her brace, cross her fingers and hope her curves didn’t get bigger, but that they most likely would increase a lot. That wasn’t the treatment plan I wanted for her, so we switched to a more open minded surgeon, got an Rigo Cheneau brace and got her into Schroth.
I truly believe that this is the best way to treat her scoliosis. The brace is comfortable, so she is compliant wearing it. The Schroth empowers her to take charge of her scoliosis and do something more than cross her fingers! I strongly recommend the Rigo Cheneau brace that Grant Wood makes.
Yesterday my daughter had her first follow up scan since wearing the Rigo Cheneau brace you made for her last August. I am thrilled to report that her scoliosis has substantially improved after just 5 months of wearing her brace. She also grew 2.5 inches during this time and we feel that thanks to the brace you made, she will no longer need to worry about having surgery!
We had such a positive experience working with you. You made my 11-year-old daughter Olivia feel very comfortable at all times. I appreciated your attention to detail and the amount of time you spent customizing my daughter’s brace. As you recommended, she wears her brace at least 20 hours per day and even sleeps in it and has found it overall to be comfortable.
We cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for us! You have changed our lives. Olivia could have been having surgery this summer and instead we will be going on a family vacation to Hawaii!
Thank you for responding so quickly to any questions that we have had over the past months. We look forward to working with you again when Olivia outgrows her current brace and needs her second Rigo Cheneau brace.
When my daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis at age of 12, our goal was to find the best and least invasive method of treatment. We researched pubmed.gov looking for all scientific articles on scoliosis and conferred with various doctors, family members and friends. Our conclusion based on this research was that bracing, specifically with the Rigo Cheneau Brace from Europe, would help control the progression of the scoliosis for my daughter.
We traveled from Utah to Northern California to have the Rigo Cheneau brace fitted. Our Orthopedic Surgeon from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford only trusted Grant Wood with fitting the Rigo Cheneau brace. We opted for the night time Rigo Cheneau Brace so my daughter puts it on only when she goes to bed; this avoids some of the stress associated with wearing a brace during the day at school.
My impression of Grant from the get go was that he is extremely warm and caring – a genuinely compassionate person. But, Grant was also generous with his time and explained the bracing process as well as responded to our questions. From a technical standpoint, I would describe him as highly skilled, accurate, precise and diligent in fitting the Rigo Cheneau Brace for my daughter…..also, there is a certain art to fitting the Rigo Cheneau Brace that Grant has truly mastered through his training and experience.
My daughter was diagnosed with an S-Shaped scoliosis (prebrace 49 degree thoracic and 54 degree lumbar). She has now worn the brace for approximately three months. An x-ray taken two weeks ago revealed the S-Shaped scoliosis has improved to 41 degree thoracic and 52 degree lumbar (out of brace). To date, based on our experience, both in terms of clinical interaction and clinical results, I would highly recommend Grant Wood and the Rigo Cheneau Brace without any reservation.
I am writing to express our gratitude and respect for Mr. Grant Wood for his help and showing a ray of hope in our life. Our daughter (8+ years old) was diagnosed with Severe Scoliosis (double curves Thoracic & Lumbar) at advanced stage. We are glad we went to Grant, who was of tremendous help from the day we approached him. Grant really understands the issue and pin-points the areas that need attention, and he explained / educated us on what’s happening and how to deal with it going forward. He deeply studies the X-Rays provided by the doctor. He is also really flexible to adjust the brace of my daughter with one or two follow up appointments. On the personal side when we meet him every time, he always greets us with a great smile and the way he discusses things with us gives us a lot of comfort.
Our daughter was 9 years old when her dad noticed her back looked uneven. He had scoliosis, his mother had it, and his brothers had it, so he was painfully aware of what to look for. We took her to the orthopedic doctor who advised us there was nothing to do except “wait and see”. Her curve at that time was 22 thoracic and 18 lumbar. We waited for two years as her curve progressed until it was deemed ready to be braced at 31 thoracic and 22 lumbar.
We were sent to the local orthotics and prosthetics company where she was fitted for her first TLSO style brace that she wore 22-23 hours a day. Her in-brace correction was 14/20. Her next brace a year later, also a TLSO, only corrected her to 21/10. When she was diagnosed I kept asking if there was any kind of exercise that would help and was always told there was nothing. It didn’t make sense to me that being in a hard plastic corset for 23 hours a day that squeezed your body like a tube of toothpaste and didn’t allow your spine to move could be good.
Unsatisfied with this passive treatment, I did hours of searching on the internet and learned about Scoliosis Rehab and the Rigo Cheneau brace. We spent 2 weeks in Wisconsin at Scoliosis Rehab learning the exercises and everything about Scoliosis. It was there that we learned more about the Rigo Cheneau brace. Since my daughter had a relatively new brace we decided to wait before making a change. At her next x-ray, her curve continued to worsen so we decided to change to a Rigo Cheneau brace.
Her next brace was a Rigo Cheneau “style” brace, that was covered by our insurance at the time. We learned later that it was not the real, patented one that Grant makes. (we did not know this at the time and were led to believe it was the same brace). We were not happy at all with that brace and it had many adjustments and “add ons” and never fit right. The first version of that brace only corrected in-brace to 26/8 and 22/20 for the last version. We were getting extremely concerned with her worsening curve, and while we were at Scoliosis Rehab for a “refresher course” Grant, who was there fitting patients, agreed to have a consultation with us to see if he felt he could get a better correction with his brace.
From the moment we met with Grant I knew that we were in good hands. His knowledge and patience are truly amazing. I was so thankful that he took time out of his schedule to consult with us, since my daughter was not even his patient yet. He spent a very long time answering questions and giving us recommendations. We decided to have a new brace made by Grant and were amazed with the results. Her first in-brace x-ray corrected her curve to 13/11. This is better than the correction she had in her first brace, 3 years prior, and 5 1/4” of growth later. From a cosmetic stand point, the brace and Schroth exercises have really helped as well.
I cannot say enough about Grant’s kindness, dedication, empathy and knowledge. He spends as much time as needed to address any concerns that my daughter may have about the fit or appearance of the brace and patiently makes change after change sometimes to accommodate her. He is truly gifted and we feel so fortunate that he is taking care of my daughter.
We visited you last summer in June to fit her for the night brace. She has worn it faithfully except for 2 times out of the year when she was traveling (scuba trip to Honduras, and ministry trip to inner city Philadelphia) and the time we sent it to you in February. She has no problem wearing it, except that sometimes she rips it off in her sleep. It seems to always be around 3:00 a.m. and she doesn't know she's doing it! So, she's getting in about 4-8 hrs of wearing the brace at night. I mentioned to you that I felt the brace was necessary for her at this age (17) because she is not faithful with her therapy like she needs to be. There have been times when she has gone months without doing it! This makes me sad, but I have nagged for years and it gets me no where either.
I was expecting bad news when we went for a refresher course at Scoliosis Rehab in Wisconsin this past week. Instead, we got good news! They found that her pelvic area was completely balanced. I credit that to the brace! Since last year's x-ray measurements she has IMPROVED by 3 degrees in her thoracic area (they were hoping to just stabilize her IF SHE DID HER THERAPY). She has improved in the area of T1-T5 by 3 degrees, and in her lower back (T13) by 7 degrees. They also tested the "transition point" between the upper and lower curves and that went from 36 degrees to 17 degrees (19 degree improvement).
Last year she was at Risser 4 and is probably now at Risser 5. Her standing position was shifted to the Left and she was categorized as a typical R Thoracic 3 curve typical. Now she is classified as Non 3, Non 4 (non typical?). Some other interesting findings is that she has grown (or her spine has elongated) to where she's gained 3/4" in stature. . .very exciting for her to be above 5' now! Her breathing tests are those of a normal person with results being 2800 cc average. She was measured with a scoliometer and her twist in her spine or hump are NOT worse. They are the same as last year.
I want to thank you for your work in making such an effective brace. I know that no one expected any changes in a kid like Amy who has such a significant curve (Upper Thoracic 48, thoracic 65, and lumbar 28). It was encouraging to see that happen even with little compliance from Amy. We hope by getting a refresher and some encouragement from the ladies at the Rehab place she will go into her senior year fired up to being faithful to doing her therapy. If you are in Columbus please let us know, we'd love to see you again.
We found Grant Wood in California who made another brace. This was a custom made Rigo Cheneau brace which involved a team of scoliosis specialists in Germany, Spain and the USA.
The results with the new Rigo Cheneau brace have been much better than a previous brace that our daughter had worn for 13 months when she was 13. When her back and scoliosis was getting worse, we took her out of that brace and researched Schroth physical therapy and the Rigo Cheneau brace. With Schroth and Rigo Cheneau, at 15, she had an initial reduction in her lumbar and thoracic curves last year.
Now she is 16 and continues to wear her Rigo Cheneau brace at night (she feels better sleeping in it than without it). Her scoliosis is stable and she feels and looks better than she has ever felt since her diagnosis in 2007. We feel confident that her custom-made brace from Dr Rigo´s original shapes-designs have contributed to her current stability and health. Our Rigo Cheneau brace from Mr. Wood looks completely different from other braces that say they are Rigo Cheneau braces, which makes me wonder..… My husband and I believe that we are getting what we paid for…and my daughter is happy and pain-free too.
Grant Wood is a servant to his field, committing to providing observable, repeatable scientific record of the detailed correction and improvement of idiopathic scoliosis due to individualized bracing techniques using the Rigo Cheneau braces. The aspect of his practice that, as a parent, will confirm his dedication is his attention to each patient. Grant Wood cares for every body he braces; listens to their needs, analyzes the brace’s effectiveness, adjusts the manufacture of the brace as often and wherever needed, at no charge, and genuinely desires that your child is free of pain and their curve is significantly reduced. He practices in San Mateo, but frequently travels to Scoliosis Rehab in Wisconsin to offer patients out east a chance to receive one-on-one fittings, adjustments and counsel.
We began bracing our 14 year old daughter with the TLSO Boston Brace, as it was the only one recommended by the spinal and surgical professionals. The TLSO only had the capacity to reduce her curvature a small degree while she was wearing the brace. We were informed by the manufacturer that this would never improve. Also, the TLSO did not have the potential to cause structural reduction in curvature, so the improvement was temporary, limited and meager. During that time we researched alternate methods for addressing adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Based on that research and the discomfort and ineffectiveness of the TLSO brace, we decided to switch to the Rigo Cheneau brace as provided by Grant Wood Orthotics, pairing it with Schroth physical therapy. We concluded this was the most aggressive, conservative approach that had the best potential for significant results.
It has been three years and we are convinced that decision was the best one for our daughter. Her curve is significant with a 29°(cervical)-55°(thoracic)-48°(lumbar), left-lumbar/right-thoracic, non-three/non-four classification. When we began she did not yet have her menses and was only at 1 Risser grade. She is now fully matured at 4-5 Risser and is one year post menses. This means the greatest threat to increased curvature has passed without an increase in her curvature whether the brace is on or off. This is significant. We believe the Rigo Cheneau brace coupled with Schroth physical therapy kept what spine and surgical professionals believed could have been a radical increase to 100° curvature within those three years, at bay. We are so pleased that we did not need to fuse our daughter’s spine and she can now maintain her condition with great mobility through minimal bracing and exercise maintenance.
You would do well to consider Grant Wood Orthotics as an effective approach to addressing your child’s scoliosis.
Linda S., M.A. Sports Psychology. Minnesota. January 2013.
My daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis at 7. By the time we took her to have x-rays, it showed she had a double curve of 24 and 18. We found Kimberly Ganz, a wonderful Schroth therapist in Miami, who gave us an exercise program and encouraged us to go to Grant Wood in San Mateo because he was the best and only orthotist who did the Rigo Cheneau brace in the U.S. I researched and asked about all the other kinds of braces in the market, especially the soft brace, and Kimberly told me the rubber bands compress the back and it would make scoliosis worse. She said we needed to elongate my daughter’s back. The Rigo Cheneau brace derotates the back and elongates it and she told me that was the best and most cutting-edge brace on the market. His experience with treating scoliosis and his many years spent working with Dr. Rigo was impressive. When I sent him the x-rays, I was encouraged that Grant recommended the night time only brace because my daughter’s curves were still considered mild. In San Mateo, Grant answered all our questions and spent a whole day and a half with us making sure the brace was comfortable and fitted correctly. We live in Florida and I was skeptical of having an orthotist across the country, but he has been great. Recently, we sent him the brace and he adjusted it and returned it quickly.
My daughter has had the brace for a year and two months. I haven’t had follow-up x-rays taken, but I took her to her yearly physical with her pediatrician and he couldn’t believe that the hump she had on the right and the protruding ribs were all gone. Her hips, which were completely out of line, one much higher than the other, are now even. Grant Wood will be in our area in February so we will see him then. I think we were lucky to catch the scoliosis early and take action instead of waiting. We were also lucky to find someone with Grant Wood’s experience and knowledge who made a brace that worked. In my opinion, the right orthotist and the right brace are the key to treating scoliosis and Grant has proved to have the expertise. We are very thankful to him and we highly recommend him! If we had to do it all over, we would again go straight to Grant Wood.
I first met Grant Wood in November of 2011. My 12 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with a double major curve in the 50 degree + range. Surgery was recommended and I was told that I was wasting my time and money to look into bracing (or any other conservative methods) as it is generally viewed to be ineffective in curves over 40 degrees. I was at first reluctant to have my daughter braced knowing this, but after doing some research we decided to meet with Grant Wood and see about our options with the Rigo System Cheneau brace because we wished to avoid surgery or at the very least postpone it until she was older. Grant determined that due to the flexibility of her spine we could give it a try, giving us a realistic goal of the brace preventing progression of her curve.
Grant's treatment and attention to her condition have been excellent. He worked with us to make sure the brace was working as efficiently as possible for her specific curve type. After a few months into the treatment, it was determined that the brace needed some adjustments. Grant paid great detail to her individual situation and worked to revise her brace in way that improved the brace function even further. Grant always answers all of my questions and concerns in a timely manner, which has been such a blessing for us as worried parents. I really cannot say enough about the excellent care and follow up Grant has given my daughter.
As for the brace, her prebraced curves were both in the 53-54 degree range. After her most recent x-ray 5 months later, her out-of-brace measurements are 34 and 42 degrees. I am forever grateful to Grant Wood and the Rigo System Cheneau brace for these amazing results we have received thus far in our treatment. We feel so truly blessed for the service and support Grant has provided to our family.
My son was diagnosed with scoliosis in 2012 (see photo 1). He was subsequently evaluated by a pediatric orthopedist here in North Carolina. She said with his significant curve that he was past the point where a brace could help. She went on to say that he would require surgery to fuse the spine and stabilize the curve and for us to come back every six months for an evaluation until it was time for the surgery.
Since I also had scoliosis has a teenager, I was convinced there had to be an alternative. I wore a traditional brace through high school with poor results. I was desperate to prevent my son from having to have spinal surgery. After extensive research, I discovered the Schroth method. I found the Scoliosis Rehab center in Wisconsin and took my son there for two weeks of exercise therapy based on the Schroth method. The therapist suggested we contact Grant Wood, an orthotist in California, about a Rigo System Cheneau Rigo Cheneau brace. This brace was developed based on the Schroth treatment method. Within six weeks, my son was fitted with the brace. Grant answered all of our questions and explained everything in detail. Since returning home, Grant has always promptly answered all of our emails about any concerns we might have. I must add that my son has another medical condition that has required us to see numerous doctors and healthcare professionals around the country and Grant is by far the most approachable of any we have ever dealt with so far.
When I found out he left is previous employer, I was in a state of panic until I learned he was opening his own clinic. Honestly, I was prepared to follow him where ever he went even if he left the U.S.
As you can see from the photo, my son’s curve has improved with Rigo Cheneau brace. The first photo is his initial x-ray (photo 1) and the other is his six month in-brace x-ray (photo 2). His torso height has also increased by an inch.
I am so thankful we found Grant and the Rigo Cheneau brace. I fear my son would have required the spinal surgery otherwise. I highly recommend all parents with children that have scoliosis to contact Grant Wood about obtaining the Rigo Cheneau brace and also to learn the Schroth method of exercises.
I think we have found the best group of people we could ask for to work with in this difficult time. Between you, Dr. Mendelow and Beth I know we have done our best no matter how this ends up.
Penny R. Burnsville, North Carolina. January 2013.
Thank you for your time. We received good news today that Evelyn’s curve has significantly improved since the x-rays of 4 months ago. The Cobb angle has gone from 22 to 12 degrees and the rotation from 7 to 5 o 6. Clearly, bracing can be put off at least for now. We are going to keep up with the exercising and postural improvements we’ve been using and will follow up with the doc in 6 months We will follow up with you if the need arises. By the way, I wanted to commend you for your insistence on avoiding negative comparisons to other bracing systems. I respect the humility that you demonstrate. I have found it somewhat uncharacteristic of those with whom I’ve spoken regarding their preferred method of treatment.
I am an Internal Medicine physician working in the Primary Care/Internal Medicine Department at Kaiser Permanente. My daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 11. She had mild scoliosis with a thoracic curve of 16 and lumbar curve of 10 degrees. Her orthopedic surgeon recommended a TLSO Boston brace, the standard, well-accepted conservative approach in the US. It was very difficult for her to adjust to the brace. With family support, she was able to wear the brace for about 18 hours daily. She was also taking ballet classes. It helped to improve her core, back muscles, and posture. Her scoliosis was stable for 1.5 years, but with active growth (my daughter is 5’8” now), it progressed to 40 degrees. I researched alternative scoliosis treatment and learned about the Katherina Schroth approach. We spent three weeks of summer in Germany learning Schroth exercises. We also changed the brace. The TLSO Cheneau brace made in Germany was still a rigid brace, but more comfortable to wear. Unfortunately in six months, we realized we needed a new brace. With rapid growth, the brace was no longer achieving necessary correction. I was fortunate to find Mr. Grant Wood in the San Francisco Bay Area. After the first visit and evaluation, my daughter and I felt very comfortable and confident that the new brace would be a good replacement. Within two weeks, we received a new brace. This brace addresses the rotational deformity of scoliosis and allows the lungs to expand while providing excellent curvature correction. My daughter now has less than 20 degrees thoracic curve and 10 degrees lumbar curve. Our orthopedic surgeon mentioned that this brace corrected the curvature better than the Boston brace!
My daughter continues her ballet and swimming practice. She has been wearing the brace for 1.5 years. Her scoliosis is stable, and we achieved our main goal of avoiding surgery. I would like to express my appreciation to Grant Wood and his medical staff. With my busy practice he was very accommodating; we needed brace adjustments a few times and we were able to see Grant Wood within a few days. We receive reminders about follow up appointments regularly via emails and phone calls.
I strongly recommend Grant Wood as a professional, knowledgeable and compassionate scoliosis treatment specialist. He is the only specialist on the West Coast providing an alternative scoliosis bracing treatment approach that is well accepted in Europe.
Alla Rudin, M.D, Internal medicine, Kaiser Permanente. South San Francisco, CA.
My daughter Francesca, who will be 15 in October, was diagnosed in 2011 with scoliosis. The orthopedic surgeon we were seeing at the time stated that her curves were too small to warrant a brace. In September of 2013, the curves increased to 31 degrees thoracic curve and 30 degrees lumbar curve. She has an S-curve. Francesca was fitted with a Boston Brace immediately. Although she found it to be uncomfortable, she wore it for 14 hrs/day. In April of 2014, she had her out-of-brace X-ray and her curves had continued to progress to 40 degrees thoracic curve and 30 degrees lumbar curve. We were not happy with the results so we changed orthopedic surgeons and had her fitted again with another unmodified Boston Brace which was thicker, larger, and had arm straps like a back pack. (She was called a Turtle by some kids at school.) Although it was very uncomfortable, Francesca continued to wear it. Around this time, we attended our first Curvy Girl meeting, and we listened as some parents started to discuss the Rigo Cheneau Brace and Schroth Therapy. There were a few girls who had been wearing that brace. We were curious and intrigued since the guests exhibited such enthusiasm and confidence speaking about the Rigo Cheneau Brace and Scroth Therapy. We did some research.
Since my daughter was having such a difficult time wearing the second Boston Brace, I called Mike Mangino at Bay Orthopedics in New York, and he was so informative and helpful that we decided to bring her to Bay and start the casting and fitting process for the new Rigo brace. We met Grant Wood at one of the clinics at Bay and his patience and support was uncompromising. He took so much time to ensure that the brace fit her comfortably and that it was effective for her size, body shape, and curve pattern. They worked with Francesca directly and answered all of her questions. Remember, we had gone through 2 Boston Braces. We also started her with Schroth Therapy sessions in May 2014 with Jeanann Maguffin. She started wearing her new Wood Cheneau Rigo brace in mid-June. She found this brace to be quite sleek, comfortable, and also better in appearance for a teenager. In fact, she started to sleep with it and now started wearing it for 22 hrs/day while doing her Schroth Therapy every day.
On July 30, 2014, Francesca had her first EOS in-brace X-ray. We also followed up with her new orthopedic surgeon, and he was so impressed with her quick results. In almost 2 months her upper curve of 40 degrees had dropped to 19 degrees and her lower curve of 30 degrees had dropped to 6 degrees. Francesca continues to comply with her regiment of wearing her brace 22 hrs/day and daily Schroth therapy for 90 minutes. The positive results have given her the drive to know that all her efforts are not in vain.
We are so thrilled and grateful that we found Curvy Girls, Robin and Terry, their daughters Leah and Rachel, Grant Wood from Align Clinic, Mike from Bay Orthopedics and Jeanann Maguffin for her Scroth Therapy. This is a winning team.
Fabiola C. Long Island, NY. August 2014. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Lucky me!! I now have a WCR brace. I am an older adult, and the last X-ray I had (before starting Schroth breathing exercises) showed a 50 degree thoracic curve and a 47 degree lumbar curve. I started practicing the Schroth breathing exercises about a year ago and have about a 15% decrease in rotation of the thoracic curve and 25% decrease in rotation of the lumbar curve. However, even with practicing the Schroth exercises, I knew I would be limited as an adult as to how much more correction could take place. Fortunately for me, the physical therapist that is teaching me Schroth exercises, Julie Edelman at Avanti Therapy in Boulder, CO, knew about the WCR brace. She works with many young clients with scoliosis that she has referred to Grant Wood to have a WCR Brace made in conjunction with following the Schroth technique. In February of 2015, I went to Align Clinic to see Grant Wood in San Mateo, CA, to be fitted for a WCR brace. The process was easy, and his staff was wonderful, efficient, and most helpful. Within 3 weeks of wearing my new brace, I knew that my curves were decreasing, and I could physically see a slight difference. After 3 months, I met with Grant Wood for a follow up on the brace fit, and he had to cut and tighten the brace because the thoracic and lumbar curves had begun to straighten. I love this brace, and it is easy to wear (12 hours a day). I can put on a long shirt or hooded sweatshirt, and no one can see that I am wearing a brace. This brace actually works!!! Many thanks to Grant Wood for his expertise and for designing this wonderful brace.
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