Part three of our series on scoliosis explores soft scoliosis bracing and why it is a perfect fit for children and pre-teens.
Scoliosis Bracing: The Best Option?
In an ideal world, there would be no bullying. Everyone’s differences would be celebrated and cherished, not ridiculed and derided. However, that’s not the world we live in. In the old days a scoliosis brace often made the wearer extremely self-conscious especially when they were a teenager. There was no real way to hide a scoliosis brace. In the old days, even though it was extremely risky to do so, a lot of teenagers wouldn’t wear their braces to school or would change out of them and hide the brace in their backpacks or lockers to avoid embarrassment It wasn’t just the stigma that went with the brace, it was the sheer discomfort that the braces provided. In a lot of cases, children and pre-teens had to learn to sleep in an uncomfortable position and keep the brace on for 23 out of 24 hours. This shows you how much a redesign was needed.
Like orthodontic braces, scoliosis bracing has come a long way since the early days. Now, instead of being rigid and uncomfortable it is only rigid at the point of the curvature to help the spine to straighten. And in a lot of cases, scoliosis can straighten itself out when given a little help. And scoliosis bracing is better than some of the other options out there.
Scoliosis: Avoid the Knife if You Can
One of the other scoliosis treatment options is to do a rather invasive spinal surgery. Two of the vertebrae are permanently fused to straighten the patient’s spine. In a case where a patient is still growing, this could be disastrous if done lightly. Fortunately, however, scoliosis surgery is usually only reserved for cases where the spinal curvature is growing worse, and only amounts to about 1 out of every 100 cases.
If your child has scoliosis, he or she isn’t alone. And they don’t have to suffer. Teach them to hold their head up high, and give them the help you can. One thing that may help is to look into soft scoliosis bracing.
Pivonka Family Chiropractic
1355 S Higley Rd #102
Gilbert, AZ 85296