Scoliosis braces are one of the more popular scoliosis treatment options around, particularly for idiopathic scoliosis.
As we covered previously, scoliosis can develop gradually over one’s lifetime or it can be as a result of genetics. In it’s simplest form, scoliosis doesn’t cause any pain or discomfort, however, it can if the curve gets severe, which in turn leads to other health problems. These complications can affect other systems of the body such as the lungs, joints, and heart.
However, in most cases, the only scoliosis treatment option prescribed is usually just observation. In severe cases, however medical treatment of the condition is necessary, which is usually bracing.
What is Idiopathic Scoliosis and Can a Scoliosis Brace Help?
Idiopathic is a fancy word for “we don’t know what causes this”. According to the site MEDSCAPE.COM:
“Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type of spinal deformity confronting orthopedic surgeons. Its onset can be rather insidious, its progression relentless, and its end results deadly. Proper recognition and treatment of idiopathic scoliosis help to optimize patient outcomes. Once the disease is recognized, effective ways exist to treat it.
Scoliosis represents a disturbance of an otherwise well-organized 25-member intercalated series of spinal segments. It is, at times, grossly oversimplified as mere lateral deviation of the spine, when in reality, it is a complex three-dimensional (3D) deformity.[3, 4] In fact, some have used the term rotoscoliosis to help emphasize this very point. Two-dimensional (2D) imaging systems (plain radiographs) remain somewhat limiting, and scoliosis is commonly defined as greater than 10° of lateral deviation of the spine from its central axis.
In the past, terminology such as kyphoscoliosis was inappropriately used to describe certain patients with idiopathic scoliosis. Idiopathic scoliosis has a strong tendency to flatten the normal kyphosis of the thoracic spine. Winter taught that idiopathic scoliosis is a hypokyphotic disease.[6, 7] In most cases, diagnoses of kyphoscoliosis were clinical misinterpretations of the rib hump associated with an otherwise hypokyphotic thoracic spine. Idiopathic scoliosis may present as a true kyphoscoliosis, but this occurs relatively rarely.” [VIEW SOURCE]
One of many scoliosis treatment options is soft scoliosis bracing.
Soft Scoliosis Bracing: Does It Work?
As medicine advances, so does medical technology. The old scoliosis braces while still used are used a lot less frequently. Newer technologies such as soft scoliosis bracing for adults have taken their place.
So if you or someone you love has been diagnosed with scoliosis, look at all of your treatment options, including soft scoliosis braces.
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