Getting a scoliosis brace is one option that might be given to you to treat your condition…
Scoliosis and Bracing
Scoliosis affects around six million people in the U.S. You can be diagnosed with scoliosis at any age but it usually first starts to develop between the ages of 10 and 15 in adolescents. And girls are more likely to get this diagnosis than boys and can be inherited from their parents. When getting diagnosed with scoliosis, doctors look for a curve that is larger than ten degrees in the spine of the patient. If the spine is less than ten degrees then, all that is need is a change in the person posture.
People that suffer from this have limited mobility, pain, and it can affect the function of the heart and lungs. There have even been psychological problems like lowered self-esteem in people with scoliosis. To be diagnosed with scoliosis, the doctor will do an evaluation of the patient, looking at their history and physical exam to determine if there is a problem. Then an x-ray will be ordered to evaluate the problem. If there is a curve in the spine, then the doctor will refer the patient to a scoliosis chiropractor that can find the best treatment for the patient.
Your Scoliosis Chiropractor and Your Brace
Once the patient sees a scoliosis chiropractor, they will be evaluated again. The chiropractor will go over all of the options with the patient and help choose which one it best for the patient. If the curve is not that bad, the scoliosis chiropractor might just recommend physical therapy or give the patient and alignment. The most effective way that scoliosis can be treated is with a back brace that holds the patient’s posture. Braces are worn by patients until their spine stops growing. This brace is to be worn sixteen to twenty-three hours a day to stop the spine from curving more. Unlike the older versions of this brace, they can now be worn completely under the patient’s clothing and doesn’t have a neck brace. However, there are many different forms of braces now. They’re not the hard nightmares from the past.
So remember, if you have scoliosis, you will need to be treated according to your doctor’s instructions. One possible treatment option that your chiropractor may prescribe is the use of a soft scoliosis brace.
Pivonka Family Chiropractic
1355 S Higley Rd #102
Gilbert, AZ 85296