Types of Scoliosis Bracing (Contd.)

There are several forms of scoliosis braces, from soft to hard…

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Scoliosis Braces

As we covered previously, one of the methods that chiropractors use to to treat scoliosis is scoliosis bracing. There are a variety of commonly used braces in spinal curve treatment depending on the degree and position of the curve. The following are braces that are prescribed to patients by doctors:

Thoraco-Lumbo-Sacral-Orthosis (TLSO)
There are various forms of TLSO but the Boston brace is the most prescribed to patients with mid- to low-back curves areas of the spine. Custom-molded from plastic, this particular brace is fitted under the arm on a patient’s body to prevent curve progression. The Boston braces are relatively light in weight and should be worn for about twenty three hours in a day.
Cervico-Thoraco-Lumbo-Sacral-Orthosis (Milwaukee Brace)
It actually similar the previous brace with the only difference being that it has a ring around the neck that is connected to the body brace by metal brace located at the back and in the front. It is meant the upper spine and is also worn close to twenty three hours in a day.
Charleston Bending Brace
It is worn only during the night and is prescribed to patients with spinal curves that are situated just below or at the shoulder level. The Charleston brace is recommended for patients with a curve ranging from twenty to forty degrees.
Other braces include a computer fitted brace that is worn at night called the Providence brace or the Willmington brace that is designed as a body jacket.

Is a Scoliosis Brace the Only Treatment Option?

Is a scoliosis brace the only treatment option?  No.  The treatment option that a spinal specialist will recommend will depend entirely on a few factors.  For example, if the curvature is likely to correct itself over time, as is often the case with young people diagnosed with scoliosis, then more than likely, all the doctor is going to do is observe the patient.  If the scoliosis shows signs of getting worse, however, then the doctor will likely recommend scoliosis bracing.  on a very rare basis, your doctor might recommend surgery, however, that is in about two percent of all scoliosis cases.

Ultimately, the treatment option that will be recommended is based on how effective it will be.  Your spinal specialist can answer any questions you may have about scoliosis and scoliosis bracing.

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