Soft scoliosis braces are a technological innovation whose time has come.
Soft Scoliosis Braces: The Future of Scoliosis Treatment
As we covered previously, there are two types of scoliosis braces – hard braces and soft braces. Static or hard braces are usually molded from hard plastic and used to hold your body in place in order to stop your spinal curve from worsening. They work by immobilizing your spine so as to keep your bones from deforming further and stop your scoliosis from progressing.
Though wearing hard braces seem like a great idea on the surface, they can cause muscle atrophy in the long term. Because of this, soft scoliosis bracing is usually preferred (over hard bracing) for this condition.
Dynamic or soft braces are designed in such a way that they can move freely with your body while at the same time halting the progression of your spinal curve. One of the benefits of soft scoliosis bracing is that they are extremely effective in maintaining your back’s normal appearance. As a matter of fact, you’ll notice considerable straightening of your spine immediately you begin wearing one.
In addition, when you wear soft braces that are designed and fitted properly for the recommended amount of time, they may make your spinal curve smaller to the point where you may not need a surgery (thus saving you lots of money in the long run). Lastly, since soft braces move freely with the body, they allow you to do normal activities with ease.
If your curve has a low risk of worsening, observation by your orthopedic surgeon may be the most appropriate scoliosis treatment option for you. The physician will measure your curve regularly and recommend the best treatment option based on the rate of the curvature progression.
Measuring And Tracking Scoliosis With the Help Of Your Arizona Chiropractor
To calculate your curve and its progression, your doctor will likely order for an X-ray of your spine as well as use the extremely accurate measuring method – the Cobb technique.
Curves which are less than 10 degrees are usually considered to be spinal asymmetry and not scoliosis. Since they are unlikely to progress, treatment is not necessary.
Ultimately, your treatment depends entirely on the diagnosis you receive. Working with your chiropractor he or she will determine the best way to correct your scoliosis.
Pivonka Family Chiropractic
1355 S Higley Rd #102
Gilbert, AZ 85296
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