Adolescent & Childhood Bracing
Scoliosis bracing in children and adolescents is recommended when Cobb angles are over 25°and there is a real risk of progression as the child grows.
The goal of bracing at a minimum is to stop progression to the surgical threshold of 50°. Scolibrace has been shown to not only stop progression, but also reduce the scoliosis and improve the appearance and symmetry of the body.
The international BRaIST study has shown scoliosis bracing to be effective in preventing 72% of cases from reaching the surgical threshold. The success of bracing was determined also by bracing compliance and the number of hours the brace was worn. Full time brace wear is much more effective than part time wear.
Scoliosis specific self-corrective exercises are essential in an effective bracing programme. Exercises help to improve motor control, posture, muscle strength and longer-term outcome.
Adult Scoliosis Bracing
While bracing is done in children and adolescents to halt curve progression and improve the condition. In adults, bracing is used to improve the bodies alignment and symmetry while reducing pain and symptoms.
As the spine ages & degenerates, ligaments weaken and disc’s narrow resulting in vertebral joint and nerve compression. This compression is increased when standing and walking, making it difficult for adults with degenerative scoliosis to stay upright or walk for any more than a short period of time. Scoliosis bracing when it is done for 4 to 8 hours can be effective in reducing back pain & associated symptoms, thus improving overall quality of life.
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