The global scoliosis braces market size was valued at USD 206 million in 2021. It is estimated to reach USD 306 million by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 4.5% during the forecast period (2022–2030) Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the human spine that makes them bow down while standing or walking. Scoliosis Braces are the most prevalent treatment option, as these braces are placed and customized according to the degree of bend or the curves raised in the spinal cord. The use of such braces provides pressure to slow down the growth and progression of scoliosis management. The braces are put on and adjusted based on how much the teeth curve. The pressure from the pads in the braces slows down the growth and progression of scoliosis. Children with degrees between 20 and 40 are told to take it. These braces allow for movement and can be changed to fit the body as it grows. Also, if the curve does not get worse while the person is wearing the brace, the person can avoid having spinal fusion surgery, which is why there is a high demand for such scoliosis braces.
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Scoliosis is a medical condition in which the spine or backbone is curved to one side. Scoliosis is becoming more common around the world, especially among children. This is often right before puberty when kids have a growth spurt. More than 600,000 people with scoliosis go to private doctors each year. According to estimates, about 30,000 children are given braces every year. According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, about 2–3% of the US population has scoliosis, i.e., about 6–9 million people. Also, women are eight times more susceptible to having a degree of curvature that must be treated.
The spinal deformity can cause back pain that lasts longer when sitting, standing, or walking. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), the most prevalent muscular dystrophy, is thought to affect 1 in 3,600–6,000 newborn males. Embryological malformation of one or more vertebrae in infancy or disorders like spinal cord trauma, spinal Bifida, and spinal muscular atrophy in children and adults increase the need for external support like braces to stop scoliosis from getting worse. Additionally, more time spent in front of a screen and sitting in the wrong position for a prolonged period will increase the number of scoliosis cases, increasing the demand for scoliosis braces.
Most of the time, a patient with scoliosis is told to wear a brace. This is done to stop a curve from worsening in a growing child and support the spine in an adult. It may help with back pain and provides enough benefit to avoid surgical intervention. A study examining the effectiveness of a scoliosis brace on 36 females with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) found that a night brace helped AIS patients with curves of less than 35 degrees.
A trial study by the National Institutes of Health found that bracing can reduce the risk of the curve getting worse and the need for surgery in teens with idiopathic scoliosis. It also found that if a brace is worn for more than 13 hours a day, the success rate is between 90 and 93 percent. The Shriners Hospitals supported this study for Children, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Children's Miracle Network, and the University of Rochester. In conclusion, wearing a non-invasive scoliosis brace is one of the most common ways to treat scoliosis right now. This is expected to boost the growth of the market as a whole over the next few years.
There are no clear ways to treat and manage scoliosis anymore because there are insufficient treatment facilities and methods, especially in emerging economies. Patients with scoliosis often do not know what treatments are available to stop the curvature from worsening. Due to ignorance, the cause of mild scoliosis with less than 20 degrees of curvature is not always known. During the forecast period, market growth is likely to be slowed by a lack of knowledge about scoliosis treatment options, which creates a barrier to market growth.
Companies in this market are focusing on making new technologies to help people with scoliosis. New technologies for scoliosis braces that make them more customizable, thinner, lighter, and breathable will likely make scoliosis braces better. Market players also use key strategies like acquisitions, mergers, distribution deals, and new products to strengthen their product lines and get a bigger market share. Both organic and inorganic growth strategies are driving the market.
In 2015, researchers from Beijing's Xiao Feng Spinal Deformity Studio and National Rehabilitation Aids Research Center made the first custom 3D-printed back brace in the country to treat scoliosis. Also, a new company called Exos wants to make the back brace more modern and unique by using 3D printing and 3D scans of the patient. This should result in a much more comfortable and effective brace. In 2017, UNYQ, a leader in personalized prosthetics and orthotics based in San Francisco, announced that it would be expanding to Charlotte. This helped the company grow its business in a different part of the US and become more visible on the market. Therefore, market players are using key strategies like launching new products and growing their businesses, where the potential for scoliosis braces is added to the company's capacity, creating a massive demand in the near future.
The global scoliosis braces market is segmented by type and application.
The global scoliosis braces market, when segmented by type, is classified into Boston Brace, Charleston Bending Brace, and Gensingen Brace.
Boston Brace is the best-selling and most-prescribed brace worldwide and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% during the forecasted period. It is usually called a TLSO (Thoracic Lumbar Sacral Orthosis) because it fits like a jacket and covers the whole body from the armpits to the hips. Many people are familiar with the Boston brace, a type of thoracic-lumbar-sacral orthosis (TLSO). There are other types of Boston braces, like a CTLSO (a TLSO with an extension for the neck) for a high thoracic curve, but they are not as popular.
The most commonly prescribed and bought nighttime brace is the Charleston Bending Brace. It is also a TLSO that is made to fit the patient's body and the curve of their spine. This brace is usually recommended for people with idiopathic scoliosis whose bones are still young (usually Risser 0–3) and whose coronal plane Cobb angle is between 20 and 35 degrees (Reed and Price et al. 2002).
Gensingen Brace is an elevated TLSO with a 92.9% success rate for treating and managing scoliosis. The Gensingen Brace, which Dr. Weiss made, is the first orthotic treatment for scoliosis that has been shown to work. Clinics now recommend it worldwide as a safe and effective alternative to surgery.
The global scoliosis braces market, when segmented by application, is classified into three user applications, viz. Teenagers, Adults, and Children.
Teenagers are the largest market shareholder and are expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period. Scoliosis braces have been the most common way to treat the disease and prevent surgery, especially for young people whose spines are still growing. Most kids with scoliosis do not get a diagnosis until they are getting close to their teenage years. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), scoliosis usually starts between the ages of 10 and 15, affecting both men and women in the same way.
About 6% of adults in the US aged 50 or older have some scoliosis, and 15% of people over 60 have lower back pain. Doctors do not usually suggest braces for adults, but when they do, they aim to ease pain and reduce the need for painkillers. Many medical experts think braces could help adults with severe back pain by giving them the support they need and limiting spinal movement. Adults are likely to wear scoliosis braces more often because of these things.
The global scoliosis braces market is primarily divided across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.
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North America holds the leading position in the scoliosis braces market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% during the forecast period. This is attributed to the largescale surgeries, extensive usage of branded support braces, awareness programs held by highly qualified and knowledgeable professionals, maximum reimbursement coverage, higher-quality care, the presence of top key manufacturers, and sophisticated healthcare infrastructure. The major economies like the US and Canada, known for readily accepting technological developments, also contribute to the regional market.
Asia-Pacific holds the second leading position in the scoliosis braces market and is expected to reach USD 55 million by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 4.6%. The APAC regional market is one of the most dynamic and quickly growing in terms of development and market capitalization opportunities. This is accredited to the growing instances of scoliosis and the improvements in health care facilities in Asia-Pacific.
Due to the growing awareness of scoliosis management and treatment issues in the European region, the market for scoliosis management and treatment is growing swiftly during the forecast period. Many government programs that teach people about the illness and make them aware of it have helped raise awareness in the European region. For example, the Scoliosis Association (UK) is the only support group for people with scoliosis and their families in the United Kingdom. Its goal is to help people with scoliosis and their families by giving them advice, support, and information. It also wants to make health professionals and the general public more aware of scoliosis. It also helps get information about scoliosis to schools, medical professionals, surgeons, hospitals, and community centers.
The major players in the global scoliosis market are Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics, Spinal Technology Inc., Chaneco, Trulife, Aspen Medical Products LLC, Colfax Corporation, BCP Group, Horton's Orthotics & Prosthetics, Ortholutions, etc.