Scoliosis: Signs That It’s Time For a Scoliosis Brace
Scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves abnormally to the side. It is a common condition that affects up to 3% of the population. It is most commonly seen in adolescents but can affect individuals of any age. The curvature of the spine can be mild or severe, and it can cause pain, discomfort, and difficulty in performing everyday activities. In some cases, the condition can require medical intervention.
What is a Scoliosis Brace?
A scoliosis brace is a custom-made orthotic device worn around the torso to help support and immobilise the spine. It is typically made of plastic and metal and is designed to be comfortable and discreet. The brace is designed to apply pressure to the spine, helping to reduce the curvature and provide stability to the affected area.
The scoliosis brace is often used with physical therapy and other treatments to help manage the condition. It is important to note that the brace is not a cure-all and will not fix the underlying problem, and the goal is to reduce the curvature of the spine and help to relieve pain and discomfort associated with the condition.
Types of Scoliosis Braces
There are several types of braces used to treat scoliosis, each of which has its advantages and disadvantages:
1. TLSO Brace
The TLSO (Thoraco-Lumbo-Sacral Orthosis) brace is the most commonly used scoliosis brace. This brace is designed to support the thoracic, lumbar and sacral spine regions, helping to correct and stop the progression of the scoliosis curve. The TLSO brace is usually made from plastic and metal and is worn full-time under clothing.
2. Charleston Bending Brace
The Charleston Bending Brace is a unique scoliosis brace designed to be used during sleep. It is a lightweight and comfortable brace that is made up of several sections. The sections are connected by adjustable straps, allowing the patient to customise the amount of tension they need while they sleep. During sleep, the brace helps to slowly and gently correct the scoliosis curves.
3. Whisper Brace
The Whisper Brace is a new type of scoliosis brace designed to be worn during the day. Unlike the TLSO brace, the Whisper Brace is made from a lightweight and flexible material that is comfortable to wear. The Whisper Brace is designed to support the spine while the patient moves throughout the day. It can be worn under clothing, providing support without drawing attention to the wearer.
Signs That it's Time For a Scoliosis Brace
If you’ve been diagnosed with scoliosis, your doctor may recommend that you start wearing a brace to help manage your condition. The brace can help reduce the curvature of your spine and prevent it from worsening. While everyone’s situation is different, here are some signs that indicate it may be time to start wearing a scoliosis brace:
1. Degree of Bone Growth
One of the most important signs that it is time to start wearing a scoliosis brace is the degree of bone growth. If the bones in the spine have grown to the degree that could cause further damage to the spine, then it is time to start looking into a scoliosis brace.
2. The Severity of the Curve
Another indicator is the severity of the curve in the spine. If the curve has reached 30 degrees or higher and is rapidly getting worse, it is essential to wear a brace to help support and keep the curve from accelerating.
3. Pain and Discomfort
Lastly, if you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your back due to scoliosis, then it is time to start looking into wearing a brace. The brace can help support and reduce the pain and discomfort you are experiencing.
Other Options to Manage & Slow Down Scoliosis Growth
A scoliosis brace should be combined with other forms of care, such as chiropractic adjustments and the Schroth method, to see effective results.
1. Schroth Method
The Schroth Method is a corrective exercise that can help people with scoliosis reduce their curvature and improve their overall quality of life. Katharina Schroth developed it in 1921. This approach is based on the idea that if a person can learn to engage their muscles and keep their spine aligned properly, they can reduce the curvature of the spine and improve their posture. It is a non-invasive and holistic approach to scoliosis management. The method begins with an assessment of the patient's posture and scoliosis. This assessment determines which postural corrections and exercises will be most helpful for the patient. The patient is taught how to maintain and improve their posture through a series of exercises and postural corrections.
2. Chiropractic Adjustments
Chiropractic care focuses on restoring balance and alignment to the spine and body. By using a variety of manipulations and adjustments, a chiropractor can help reduce the pain associated with scoliosis and improve mobility. A chiropractor can also provide exercises and stretches that can help strengthen the muscles and ligaments that support the spine, reducing the amount of curvature in the spine and helping to alleviate discomfort.
Chiropractors can also help reduce the inflammation and swelling associated with scoliosis. By applying pressure to specific areas of the spine, a chiropractor can reduce the tension on the muscles and ligaments, which helps reduce inflammation. This can also help reduce the amount of pain associated with the condition.
This option is a safe and non-invasive care option for scoliosis. Chiropractic care does not involve cutting or medications, nor does it have any risks associated with traditional medical treatments.
Final Thoughts: Can Early Diagnosis & Care Help Your Scoliosis?
Early diagnosis and care of scoliosis are vital because it can help to reduce the severity of the condition and prevent it from progressing. If no action is taken to combat scoliosis, it can lead to complications such as pain, difficulty breathing, and organ damage. Care options such as a scoliosis brace, the Schroth method and chiropractic care can help to reduce the risk of these complications.
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