Why Your Child Might Need A Spinal Brace To Avoid Severe Pain In Adulthood

Scoliosis is a condition that becomes much worse in adolescence. Therefore, if a chiropractor discovers that your child is suffering from this condition, a spinal brace will help correct the problem as your child goes through a growth spurt. Once their spine has fully matured, a spinal brace will no longer be effective.

The Role of a Spinal Brace

A back brace is not able to eliminate scoliosis when it already exists. However, it can help make scoliosis less severe. Otherwise, if the condition is allowed to progress, it will become so serious that surgery will usually be required in adulthood.

How Spinal Braces Work

The brace places force on the spine to release the load on the inner part of the curve and place a greater load on the outer part of the curve. The brace has to be very hard and consistent to have an impact. 

Types of Spinal Braces

In the past, a spinal brace had a noticeable metal bar. However, modern metal braces can be worn discreetly underneath loose-fitting clothes. There are also braces meant to be worn at night that place a greater amount of pressure on the spine. 

The full-time brace is typically more effective because it applies more persistent pressure. However, the nighttime brace can also be effective because the protocol is easier to follow. If you have a hard time getting your child to wear the brace during the day, you might prefer the nighttime brace instead.

The Effectiveness of Spinal Braces

Either way, the spinal brace is only effective if your child wears the brace as instructed. The brace also needs to be properly fitted. The brace needs to be tight both so it's effective and also so that your child notices when it has come off.

Rigid Vs. Soft Spinal Braces

Both rigid and soft braces exist. Soft braces are sometimes chosen because they are more comfortable to wear, but they might not be effective. However, soft braces are a relatively new type of brace and newer soft braces might be developed that are effective.

Severe Scoliosis

Most cases of scoliosis are mild. However, when a patient is suffering from a severe case of scoliosis that was not treated with a spinal brace, they might have a difficult time walking. The spine becomes less flexible and doesn't want to bend normally, which can lead to a reduced range of motion.

The patient might also experience pain, breathing difficulty, and cardiovascular problems. Therefore, it's important that you do everything you can to prevent scoliosis from getting worse. 

Speak to a doctor familiar with spinal bracing to learn more.