Scoliosis Bracing

Advantages of Scoliosis Bracing

Although some think of scoliosis bracing as antiquated, orthopedists cannot emphasize the relevance (and benefits) of this technology enough. Moreover, advances in materials and fitting techniques allow for a successful and minimally invasive approach to spinal deformity treatment. Your clinician will tailor each brace to the individual. Especially when using a rigid brace, a mold of your body will drive the design process for your model. Delivering award-winning and individualized care, our team of spine experts at the Advanced Spine Center specializes in custom scoliosis solutions such as these. An internationally-renowned specialist in scoliosis treatment, Dr. Lowenstein will develop innovative, and minimally invasive, solutions to your spinal deformity.

Eligibility for Scoliosis Bracing

Pediatric Scoliosis

For adolescents, eligibility for scoliosis bracing can depend on age, spinal maturity, and the severity of the curvature. For teens, you can achieve best results by starting the bracing process as soon as possible. In particular, the spine’s growth accelerates during the onset of puberty. Using a brace during this crucial time can help to retrain the spine to grow in the correct direction.

However, if left untreated, an abnormal curve will likely worsen during puberty. To prevent this, your doctor will prescribe a brace if your abnormal curvature falls within the rage of 20-50 degrees. (Anything below 20 degrees typically requires less intensive treatment. Anything over 50 degrees will require surgery to combat further progression and medical complications, such as breathing problems.)

Adult Scoliosis

For adults, scoliosis bracing aims to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with an abnormal curvature. The use of a brace in this situation will not help in correcting the curve. However, scoliosis bracing will provide stability and support to relieve spinal pain and pressure. More specifically, orthopedists prescribe the use of flexible (or dynamic) braces over rigid brace options for adults.