Research team seeks volunteers to join scoliosis project

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Research team seeks volunteers to join scoliosis project

Published on March 20 2012

A Brock University professor, a physician and a bracing specialist are teaming up on research to expand our knowledge of bone strength as well as re-think how we design back braces for people with scoliosis.

And they’re inviting women across the Niagara peninsula to take part in the project.

The researchers are seeking young women, aged 18-30 years, who have or have had scoliosis, and who used a scoliosis brace during their adolescence. Scoliosis is a medical condition characterized by curvature and rotation of the spine.

Bareket Falk, a researcher in Brock’s Department of Kineseology, is undertaking the project with partners Alan Rigby of the private-sector business Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics, and Dr. Matt Greenway of the Michael DeGroote School of Medicine.

Falk said the researchers want to study how bracing may affect bone during the growing years, and whether flexible scoliosis braces are more effective than the rigid braces traditionally used by patients with scoliosis. Importantly, the researchers are interested in examining how nutrition and exercise can be used to alleviate some of the potential effects of bracing.

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For more information about Bareket Falk's research visit her faculty profile 

Bareket Falk
Bareket Falk

Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology