Are you curious as to what a scoliosis brace really does?
Here is some free information, in basic terms, that can help you.
Basically, what a scoliosis back brace is used for is to help stop the progression of a scolotic curve(s). The goal of the orthosis is to help stave off the need for surgical intervention. The reason why this is important is, yes, it helps to straighten out the patient’s spine, but also because if the patient is fused and their spine is not fully formed it can sometimes reduce growth potential.
There are a lot of different kinds of scoliosis braces. Some are custom and some are well, not custom. – We really need to stress to you the importance of seeing a licensed orthotist when you (or someone you love) gets one of these braces (otherwise known as spinal orthoses).
The reasons why you will want to see a licensed orthotist are :
A.) The can custom make the brace to the patient’s size and shape. – Let’s be honest, if you are going to use one of these, then you want the best fitting one possible.
B.) There will be potential follow up appointments and you will want to have someone who will adjust the brace if necessary and answer any questions you might have.
C.) These people have a lot of experience with spinal orthoses (back braces) and it is evident when you compare their skill level to someone that is “just putting braces on people”. There are a lot of people without a license in bracing, trying to get involved in spinal bracing, but it is in your best interests to go to someone that has earned their degree in the field.
As one physician we work with said, its like fixing a tomato plant (a scoliotic spine), as he referred to a scoliosis orthosis. The point is that if you, or your son or daughter has scoliosis, there are curves present in the spine. Curves that came on naturally, but are not helping. What the brace will do is guide the curves back into a more straight position. X-rays can verify that the orthosis (brace) is reducing the curves progression and if needed the orthotist can then add or subtract from forces applied to the spine.
If you live in Chicago or its suburbs and you have a question(s) about spinal orthotics (bracing) then give us a call at 815-717-8970. Otherwise, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org