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how much does a bracing cost for the scoliosis?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Ranges in price: Braces are generally used for younger children (10-14 years of age). Most adolescents diagnosed with scoliosis are prescribed bracing treatment if their curve is between 25 and 40 degrees. The cost of a scoliosis brace varies widely depending upon the type of the brace, manufacturer, and the design, but generally, they can be very pricey and can range from $1,000's to $10,000. Insurance may help!
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: It varies in part based upon the area of the country, the materials involved, and also based upon how much the company that produces the brace charges. In our area, I believe a "typical" scoliosis brace is in the 3500 dollar range for an adolescent with a progressive scoliosis curve in whom we are trying to halt progression so surgery won't be needed. Good question.

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Does scoliosis hurt?

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Usually no: Unless it's severe, scoliosis does not usually hurt.
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Which vertebrae will be fused in the average scoliosis correction?

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Depends: Often the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae are involved with scoliosis. The number of vertebrae included in the fusion will depend on the severity and location of the scoliosis. Ask your spine surgeon for your specific situation.
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Does scoliosis affect other body systems?

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Scoliosis: There are varying degrees of scoliosis, from mild to severe. Mild may lead to some back pain, usually mild. Severe scoliosis can lead to severe deformity of the back, pressure on the abdominal organs, compression of lungs, difficulty with activities, pain and shortness of breath. If you have scoliosis, check with your doctor to assess the change, follow to see if it progresses, and referral.
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How do you manage scoliosis when someone have neuromuscular disease?

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Dr. Jonathan Dissin
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Team effort: This is a complicated issue that grows in complexity over time. In growing children and young adults when the scoliosis begins to compromise pulmonary function, surgery becomes a consideration. Well before then the patient should be evaluated by an experienced scoliosis spine sugeon and experienced n-m pediatric neurologist. Bracing, physical therapy and pulmonary functions need to be followed.
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And is one born with scoliosis or does it develop?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Yes or no: There are several different types of scoliosis. There is a scoliosis that results from congenitlal (born with) deformities within the spine that are the cause of that one type of scoliosis. It is called congenital scoliosis. There are other types that develop and there is some genetic basis for idiopathic scoliosis or what we see in adolescents most commonly.

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