Scoliosis braces are one of the best options for treating scoliosis.
As we covered previously, the use of braces in treating scoliosis is advisable when the curve is between 25-40 degrees and the when skeletal muscles are still immature. The skeletal muscles are not yet fully developed hence the progression of the curve can easily be stopped at this stage of the condition.
Scoliosis Braces Vs. Surgery
Some older patients may be forced to undergo surgical fusion of the spine using rods if early intervention is not taken to slow the development of the curve with an option such as a soft scoliosis brace. Surgical treatment of Scoliosis has serious side effects which include damage to the nerves and the risk of lack of mobility.
Make sure your scoliosis brace is well-fitted.
The type of the scoliosis brace to be worn by a patient is decided on by a qualified medical professional, usually an chiropractor. The choice of the brace takes into consideration the location of the curve, severity of the curve as well as your lifestyle and physical activities. Always wear the braces as advised by your doctor.
Teenagers usually don’t wear scoliosis braces as prescribed by the doctors, lowering the effectiveness of their use. The Milwaukee brace is worn at night when the child is sleeping. On the other hand, the Thoraco-Lumbo-Sacral-Orthosis and Charleston Bending Brace are worn for 23 hours in a day. Also, the braces should be adjusted every 3-4 months. But that is not all. You should replace your scoliosis brace yearly. Once the patient matures, the wearing of the brace should only be continued if the doctor agrees that it’s needed.
Soft Scoliosis Braces: Work With Your Child
Getting adolescents to wear the braces is a big challenge. Studies have shown that the duration that teenagers wear scoliosis braces is usually less than the recommended. At times, Scoliosis patients who wear braces face stigma. Consequently, family support helps in offering social and psychological support for children with scoliosis.
Studies have proved that bracing slows the progression of scoliosis, the benefits increasing with longer hours of use. Complimenting the wearing of braces with exercises offer most benefits for scoliosis patients. Also, physiotherapy and regular visits to your doctor are necessary. Wearing of scoliosis braces should start early enough to prevent the progression of the condition.
Ask your doctor to find out if a soft scoliosis brace is right for you.
Pivonka Family Chiropractic
1355 S Higley Rd #102
Gilbert, AZ 85296