Soft scoliosis bracing is a form of treatment that is used to prevent a patient’s spinal curve progression as well as maintain the stability of the back. It is mainly used on children and individuals who are still growing. The aim is to prevent the progression of spinal curves and it is continued until the individual’s skeleton stops growing.
Is Soft Scoliosis Bracing Safe?
Is soft scoliosis bracing safe? At the moment, bracing is the only non-invasive method for treating scoliosis that the Spine Medical Community encourages. Alternative forms of non-surgical treatments such as osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture, nutrition, exercising, manual treatment and chiropractic adjustment have not really been proven to be as effective in reducing or preventing the progression of the spinal curvature.
Scoliosis bracing treatment is recommended for patients who:
- Have curves that measure between 25 to 40 degrees.
- Have curves that are progressive (increasing by more than five degrees)
- Are still growing.
Since the technique only helps in halting the progression of a curvature of the spine, it is not recommended on individuals who have attained skeletal maturity. For instance, it is ideal for girls who are approximately 11-13 years and boys of about 12-14 years. It is important to note that bracing does not reduce the degree of an already existing curve. The only curves that continue to progress even after attaining skeletal maturity are those that are more than fifty degrees in angulation. The objective of bracing is to ensure that a child does not get into adulthood with a curvature that is more than 50 degrees.
How Scoliosis Bracing Works
Most research on bracing for scoliosis focuses on idiopathic scoliosis. Because braces are effective in preventing the curves from worsening, the longer they are worn the more effective they will be. When they are first applied, a significant correction is seen but when after stopping, the curves may return. The best results are achieved when:
- Bracing is started when the individual is still growing
- The spinal curves are moderate and not severe
Braces are well fitted:
- The braces are worn for the prescribed period
- The child receives family support
This last point is as important as the scoliosis brace itself. Without support from family members, the patient may remove his or her brace or not wear it as much as they should be.
Ultimately, if you have scoliosis, you will need to consult a spinal physician. He or she will be able to determine if scoliosis bracing is right for you.
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