Scoliosis is an abnormal curving of the spine. Your spine is your backbone. It runs straight down your back. Everyone’s spine naturally curves a tiny bit. But people with scoliosis have a spine that curves too much. The spine might look like the letter “C” or “S.”
Orthotic treatment for scoliosis is used to prevent spinal curve progression and to maintain the appearance of the back. The goal of brace treatment is to prevent the curve from getting worse. Bracing does not correct a curve. There may be some initial straightening of the spine and the appearance of correction when a brace is applied. However cases show, once the child stops wearing the brace, this correction is lost and the curve returns to its original shape.
What to expect after treatment: In most cases, any correction of the curve that occurred during bracing is lost, and the curve returns to its original shape after bracing is discontinued.
Why is the treatment done? Brace treatment is used for a child who is still growing to prevent progression of spinal curves that are between 25 and 45 degrees. Some doctors may use brace treatment for curves up to 45 degrees. Brace treatment is usually continued until the child’s skeleton stops growing. The most common brace for scoliosis is the TLSO which stands for thorasic-lumbar-sacral orthosis. This brace is custom made either from a cast mold or a set of measurement. The brace is made with corrections in it to prevent the curve from getting any worse, it can be worn under the clothes so as to not bring attention. It is worn usually 23 hours a day, only to be removed for bathing and some sporting events.
If your child is having issues with scoliosis, Contact Central Brace & Limb, 1-800-277-LIMB to let one of our certified Orthotists create an individualized treatment plan!