Scoliosis treatment options depend on the severity as well as the type of scoliosis a patient has been diagnosed with…
Scoliosis Bracing: Basic Info on Scoliosis
Scoliosis bracing is one option for scoliosis. Scoliosis is a medical condition in which the spine curves sideways. In healthy people, the spine usually assumes a straight line through the middle of the back. The disorder is common among children and adolescents although it may persist to adulthood if not treated early enough. There are two approaches to correct scoliosis; by surgery or the use of braces. Factors like age, flexibility of the disorder and degree of curve determine which method to be used. Recent trends depict a higher potential in the development of scoliosis bracing.
Unfortunately, the causes of scoliosis are not completely known at this time, though we do know that part of it is tied to genetics. So if a parent has scoliosis, a child may have it as well. Little can be done to prevent scoliosis as a result. Idiopathic scoliosis describes the unknown causes of the spine curvature. There are higher chances of scoliosis to recur within families. Congenital scoliosis describes the condition where the patient is born with the disease. In this case, the vertebrae do not separate fully or the spine does not form completely. Scoliosis may also result from other medical conditions that affect the muscles and nerves. Neuromuscular scoliosis, as the condition is called, may result from muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy or spinal cord injury.
Scoliosis Surgery is Always a Last Resort
Surgical treatment of scoliosis is the common remedy for patients with large degrees of curvature. Surgery is mostly carried out on adolescents as it inhibits spine development in children. Whenever possible, other scoliosis treatment options are considered first. Different surgical tools and procedures are used for frontal and posterior scoliosis correction. Patients demonstrate reduction of pain and improved levels of activity after undergoing the surgery. Their general self-image also improves significantly. While these procedures are effective, they may result to long-term problems on the patient.
Significant percentages of patients treated using the Harrington rod display psychological impairment after the surgery. A few individuals display back pains after the surgery but more patients recover pretty well. It is advisable to treat congenital scoliosis early through bracing to avoid the challenges associated with surgery. Operative therapy is, therefore, only recommended for patients with higher degrees of curvature. In a lot of other cases, scoliosis bracing is the best option.
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