Part three of a series on scoliosis bracing for adults explores diagnosis as well as treatment options.
Late Onset Scoliosis Treatment Options
Scoliosis bracing for adults is just one treatment option available. According to the UCLA medical center website: “The treatment of adult scoliosis is very individualized and based on the specific symptoms and age of the patient. Many patients have scoliosis and have very minor symptoms and live with it without treatment. Patients with predominant symptoms of back pain would typically be treated with physical therapy. Patients with back pain and leg pain may receive some benefit from injection treatment to help relieve the leg pain. If lumbar stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) is present and is unresponsive to non-surgical treatment, then a decompression( removal of bone and ligaments pressing on the nerves) may be recommended. If the scoliosis is greater than 30 degrees, a fusion procedure will most likely be recommended along with the decompression. The fusion is recommended to prevent the curve from progressing when the spine is destabilized by the bone removal that is necessary to decompress the nerves. Fusions are usually accompanied with metal rod and screw placement into the spine to help correct and stabilize the scoliosis and help the bone heal or fuse together. The length of the fusion, or the number of spine levels included, depends on the type of scoliosis and the area of the spine involved. The goal of adult scoliosis surgery is to first remove pressure on the nerves, and second to keep the scoliosis from progressing further.” [SOURCE ARTICLE]
It’s important to note that surgery is always the last resort. Bracing is one of the better options.
Scoliosis Bracing: Comfort is Important
While teenagers are more self-conscious about scoliosis bracing, adults also can feel out of place wearing a bulky brace under their clothes. There is also the issue of discomfort. Some hard braces have to be worn for 23 out of every 24 hours and are very difficult to sleep in. Just remember some things if you have been diagnosed with late onset scoliosis.
Scoliosis is a condition that doesn’t have a cure but it is one that can be treated. Talk to your doctor and ask some questions if you’ve been diagnosed. Then see if scoliosis bracing is right for you.
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