Scoliosis Braces: The Not So Hard Truth

When a scoliosis brace is recommended as a treatment option, most people panic.  They usually think of the old time braces that were painful, and virtually impossible to hide.

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Does a Scoliosis Brace Hurt?

Does a scoliosis brace hurt?  A scoliosis brace should not hurt.   At first, a scoliosis brace will be uncomfortable because it will put pressure on an area of your spine.  However, you will get used to it the more you wear it.  The purpose of a scoliosis brace is to stop any curvature from getting worse, and in certain cases, correct the curvature completely.  If you find that your scoliosis brace is causing you pain, you need to consult your doctor to have an adjustment made immediately.

Do you have to wear a scoliosis brace all the time?  It depends on the recommendations of your doctor.  Some patients have to wear a scoliosis brace for a good chunk of the day, while others will only have to wear the brace for a few hours in the morning and/or evening.

Why Do I Have to Wear a Scoliosis Brace?

Why do you have to wear a scoliosis brace?  The main purpose of a scoliosis brace is to stop the curvature from getting worse. In the case of youth or adolescent patients, the brace is to help keep the spine in position so that in a lot of cases, the curvature is literally grown out of.  One important thing to know is that not all curvature of the spine warrants treatment.  For example if your curvature is less than ten percent, you’re most likely just going to go your way without any treatment except a follow up visit a few months later.  If your curvature is at 10% or higher, however, then you’re probably going to have to look into a treatment option.

What scoliosis treatment options are there?  The options depend on a few factors.  First off, how much of a curvature you have, whether or not it is getting worse or better, and whether or not it is degenerative.  A good thing to remember, however, is that of all the scoliosis cases out there, less than one percent of them require surgery.

It is important that you follow the treatment option prescribed by your doctor.  However, it is also important that you get your questions answered as well.  That way, whether you need surgery, observation, or soft scoliosis bracing, you’ll be informed.

Read another article about scoliosis braces here.

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