Soft scoliosis braces are adaptable to a patient’s lifestyle.
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Your Scoliosis Chiropractor in Arizona Will Prescribe the Right Brace
As we covered previously, a soft scoliosis brace is a fairly good scoliosis treatment option.
Soft scoliosis braces are much more flexible and adaptable than rigid scoliosis braces, and can be easily concealed beneath clothing. Soft braces are held in place by several elastic straps that require Velcro, metal clips, and plastic pieces to fit the body comfortably, while stabilizing the spine. Soft scoliosis bracing has long been considered the most dynamic bracing method and has recently grown in popularity among patients for its comfort and mobility. Many patients report that soft scoliosis bracing gives them a better quality of life while undergoing bracing treatment than does rigid scoliosis bracing.
In addition to specifying the type of scoliosis brace best suited to the patient, a doctor will also prescribe a regimen for bracing, i.e. how often the brace is worn and for what length of time. While research suggests that the longer a brace is worn, the more effective it is in straightening the spine, extremely lengthy bracing periods aren’t appropriate for all patients, especially adults.
Wearing Soft Scoliosis Braces
Soft scoliosis braces generally require either fulltime wear, between 16 and 23 hours a day, or nighttime wear, between eight and 10 hours a night. Fulltime braces worn during the day are more common than nighttime braces; but, a doctor will decide which is right for you based on your initial condition and the improvements, or lack thereof, made throughout the course of the bracing period. For fulltime braces, the most common varieties are the Boston Brace, the Wilmington Brace, and the Milwaukee Brace. Popular nighttime braces are the Charleston Bending Brace and the Providence Brace. Generally speaking, the variety of either fulltime or nighttime brace prescribed depends on the healthcare provider’s own experience more so than the condition of the patient.
While bracing, the curve of the spine generally appears smaller as it is being consistently held in by the brace for several hours a day. For most patients, once the brace is no longer needed or the spine has stopped growing, the curve will return to its former size, but further progression will be thwarted. Some patients have reported the curve remains smaller, and in severe scoliosis cases, the spine remains unchanged by bracing and surgery is suggested.
Bracing is the only nonsurgical treatment method proven to improve the condition of the spine in most scoliosis patients. Soft scoliosis bracing is a viable treatment option for those suffering from scoliosis pain and spinal curvature aiming to avoid surgery, while maintaining their quality of life.