A soft scoliosis brace is a fairly good scoliosis treatment option.
Soft Scoliosis Braces: Straighten Your Spine Without Surgery
As we covered previously, scoliosis bracing is often recommended for treating scoliosis. Patients who suffer from scoliosis are well aware that their spines may always have some degree of curvature, no matter which treatment options they explore. Adults can also be prescribed scoliosis braces. In most cases where an adult is prescribed a brace, the patient was not diagnosed or braced in childhood. In cases like these, braces can offer support, reduce pain, and stop further spinal degradation. Adult braces, on the whole, are more comfortable and are worn for shorter periods of time, as the spine is completely finished growing when bracing begins.
The main goal of a scoliosis brace in scoliosis patients is to prevent the spine’s curve from worsening, which, in many cases, can prevent the need for surgery down the road. Bracing methods differ for every patient, so patients should closely adhere to the instructions given to them by their doctors and any other health care providers involved in developing the treatment plan. The duration of time patients spend wearing their braces and how consistent they are in following the bracing regimen can affect the treatment’s success.
How Long Do I Have to Wear a Scoliosis Brace Every Day?
The number of hours spent in a brace, what time of day the brace is worn, and what type of brace is selected for each individual patient depends on a host of factors. First doctors consider where the curve is positioned on the spine and how many curves the spine has. Curves located higher up the back, in the thoracic spine, are more difficult to treat and more likely to progress, so more a more aggressive bracing regimen will likely be recommended by the doctor. More than one curve in the spine makes treatment more complex, as does the curve’s rigidness, any rotation of spinal vertebrae, and other serious medical conditions.
Braces fall into two main categories: rigid and soft. Both types are custom-designed to fit the individual patient’s body, but differ significantly in comfort and appearance. Rigid braces are hard plastic shell-like pieces of equipment that usually encase the body from armpit to pelvis when fitted properly. These tend to fasten with a few Velcro straps and can be easily removed by the patient. Rigid braces have been used more often than soft braces have, but in recent years the number of patients who opt for soft scoliosis braces has grown.
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