Scoliosis braces come in many different types and sizes.
Types of Scoliosis Braces
- Full Torso Brace: This brace is mainly used for high curves. It is designed with two small flat bars at the back and one wide one on the front side. The bars are attached to a ring that is around the neck. It has rests for the back of the head and the chin. It works best when the patient lies on the chest while wearing it. The brace is periodically adjusted to accommodate growth.
- Thoracolumbar-Sacral Orthoses: These are molded scoliosis braces that are fitted close to one’s skin and reach beneath the underarms. The do not show beneath the wearers clothing and are well-suited for mild-back and lower curves.
- Nighttime Braces: These are worn at night and are suitable for small and flexible curves.
Other more advanced scoliosis braces that are currently being developed include;
Providence braces that are computer fitted, SpineCor which use cotton vests and adjustable bands to enhance flexibility and Custom-fitted TriaC braces which work by exerting pressure on specific areas to allow for greater flexibility and comfort.
Risks of Scoliosis Bracing
Some of the complications that may result from bracing include;
- The curves may worsen if the braces are not worn for the prescribed period
- Irritation of the skin
- They might reduce the lung capacity
What You Need to Know
Those who wear scoliosis braces should be regularly examined by the doctors who will monitor their progress. Moreover, any child with a severe forward-curve in the upper back may not be suited for bracing. It is important to note that bracing does not incapacitate someone completely. One can run, jump, ride a bicycle or plat tennis while wearing a brace. However, the individual should not engage in high-risk activities like gymnastics, skating, skiing or horseback riding. Because most braces make most physical activities difficult, it is advisable to remove them when participating in activities like physical education.
However, with that said, the right brace can be designed for your lifestyle. While there are no exercises to cure or improve scoliosis, an exercise regimen is recommended for general health. Another thing to consider is that in the long run, scoliosis can be painful or even debilitating if untreated.
So consider your treatment options, and if your doctor thinks that it is right for you, get scoliosis braces today.
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