If you or your child is facing a scoliosis diagnosis, it’s good to know that there are different scoliosis treatment options.
One treatment option for scoliosis is observation. The next scoliosis treatment option is bracing.
Types of Scoliosis Braces
There are multiple types of scoliosis braces available today and the recommended type depends on a number of factors. The location of the curve on the spine and the flexibility of the curve are important variables. The doctor recommending the brace will also consider the number of curves, the location of each vertebrae, and any other medical conditions which exist. Each person’s level of physical activity will be factors since braces can be made flexible or more rigid.
Anyone who is considering a brace may be concerned with its appearance. There are plastic or rigid braces and soft or elastic braces. The rigid type is almost like a shell that covers the front and back of a person’s upper body. It fastens with a series of straps and can be removed easily to shower or engage in activities. the soft brace uses elastic scraps and is often tailored to the person wearing it. A soft brace allows for freer movement and does not need to be removed as often. It can be worn under clothes without others noticing, making it a good option for children or teenagers who may be self-conscious. In either case, the brace is custom-made to fit each person’s body.
Wearing a Scoliosis Brace
It’s important to wear a scoliosis brace until growth stops. The timing of this may vary, but a doctor will check growth every few months. The amount of time to wear the brace depends on a few variables depending on each person’s growth and the type of brace worn. The most common braces are worn 16-23 hours each day. Some of the braces are worn only while sleeping, but this option may not work for all types of spinal curves. The doctor will recommend a specific time for each person.
Since many children and teenagers may not enjoy wearing a brace, it is important to understand the complications of not wearing it on a regular basis. If it is not worn, the spinal curve can become larger, requiring surgery or causing serious medical complications. For this reason, soft scoliosis braces are often chosen since they are easier to wear.
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Gilbert, AZ 85296