Scoliosis braces help different ages of patients, from adolescents to adults.
As we covered previously, people that have scoliosis have curves in the spine that go sideways into a “C” or “S” shape. Some forms of scoliosis are hereditary, but at present, we don’t know what causes idiopathic scoliosis.
What Are the Risk Factors for Scoliosis?
A scoliosis brace is often used when a patient is diagnosed with scoliosis. But what are the risk factors for scoliosis?
Scoliosis usually develops in childhood and adolescence between the ages of nine and fifteen. As a result, age is one of the main factors for developing scoliosis. Girls present a higher risk of excess curvature than boys do. One factor that often can indicate whether a child will develop scoliosis is genetics. If a parent or siblings of that parent were diagnosed with scoliosis, it increases the probability that the children will have it as well.
What are the Symptoms of Scoliosis?
A patient with scoliosis may seem to have their head slightly off center, or maybe have a hip or shoulder that is higher than the other one. If the patient’s scoliosis is more serious, it can cause the heart and lungs not to work properly. Another reason to get it straightened out with a scoliosis brace or by whichever means that your chiropractor recommend.
Scoliosis itself, except in extreme cases, is generally not painful. The side effects, however, can cause pain in the ribs, abdomen and the back.
Treatment for scoliosis depends on a lot of factors. Treatment relies on the extent of the curve when it is recognized and the amount of development is established. Curves under 20 degrees, for instance, may not require treatment simply observation.
Scoliosis braces are used to help treat idiopathic scoliosis during growth years. The objective of the brace is to keep the spine’s curve from deteriorating during this time of development.
Surgery may be required if a bracing is not enough. Spine surgery includes the placement of two rods and combination of the spine along the segments that are curved.
Presently, bracing is the main non-invasive treatment recommended by the medical community for pre-adult idiopathic scoliosis. Every other type of non-surgical treatment for adolescent scoliosis – including osteopathic manipulation or chiropractic spinal adjustment, exercise or other treatments, and so forth – have not been shown to be nearly as effective.
Consult a chiropractor and see if a scoliosis brace is right for you.
Pivonka Family Chiropractic
1355 S Higley Rd #102
Gilbert, AZ 85296