Scoliosis bracing helps to correct a condition for which there is no cure.
What is Scoliosis Bracing?
Having scoliosis is not a rare occurrence. In fact. 3 out of 100 people are diagnosed with a certain type of scoliosis. In most cases, it doesn’t become a burden at all to these affected people. In general, small curves do not get in the way of one’s normal life. However, a large or severe curve can damage the spine and can be painful as the person grows older. So what is scoliosis bracing?
Once scoliosis is diagnosed usually during adolescence, the doctor has three options for treatment:
• Observation – for small curves
• Back braces –for 20 to 40-degree curves and progressive curves
• Scoliosis surgery – for severe curvatures that can be painful and life-threatening
There are several nonsurgical options for the treatment of scoliosis including scoliosis bracing. A brace is often the treatment for adolescents with scoliosis. The doctor will examine and recommend if your child can get a scoliosis brace. The doctor has to know the severity of the child’s scoliosis and his or her physical maturity.
According to a New York Times article in 2013, a randomized study published by The New England Journal Medicine showed very powerful proof that scoliosis bracing is working for adolescents diagnosed with the spinal problem. By wearing a brace to support the back, the progression of scoliosis is significantly slowed down so a young kid has higher chances of avoiding the painful surgery to correct the spine.
Who are the Candidates for Scoliosis Bracing?
Scoliosis bracing is, in general, done with adolescents suffering from adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). AIS is a very common kind of spinal deformation. Girls reaching adolescence have a higher probability of having this type of scoliosis. A rigid or hard bracing is often enforced to restore by force the alignment of the spine. This type of treatment is quite tedious at a vulnerable stage of human life.
Most kids do not have to wear a brace if they have scoliosis. One out of six adolescents with scoliosis is seen to have growing curve when they are at the stage of the “growth spurt.” The faster and larger the curve becomes the higher the risk for surgery in order to correct it. At this point, the doctor recommends a specially made scoliosis brace because the kid has shown symptoms of curve progression.
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