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What Does A Scoliosis Brace Actually Feel Like Is It Easy To Deal With
Depends.: There are many different types of scoliosis braces. Some are worn only at night. Some are worn day and night. Some are made with hard plastic on the outside and soft foam on the inside while others are made to be "flexible". In order for a brace to be effective, it has to correct the curve so there is some "pressure" or "squeezing" sensation. Most people get used to it over the first 2-4 wks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Much better now: Fortunately the milwaukee brace has been replaced by boston brace the milwaukee is metal and goes to the chin the one you have seen in movies now it is all plastic form fitted and stops under arms can be concealed under a sweater it's hot and constricting but much easier to wear than the old style ask about night bracing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can, but not: Recommended. If you hold it on the side of convexity, then you can cause increase pressure on nerve on the concave side. If you wear it on the concave side, you may cause micro-trauma leading to further curvature even with the brace. Avoid if possible. There are weight distributing backpacks that cause the weight to distributed off the shoulders and on to waist, consider that or rolling bag. ...Read more
Not really : Rigid braces are used in scoliosis in growing children and can be used to lessen the progression of a curve , thereby reducing the likelihood of surgery. They really don't have benefit in a adult. They don't improve the curve and to cover the whole curve means they are cumbersome and can lead to stiffness and atrophy. A lumbar corset may be helpful to with the symptoms of a spondylolisthesis. ...Read more
Have it evaluated: There are different types of back braces. Each have their specific indications. Have your back evaluated by a professional and get a prescription for an appropriate brace for your specific condition. Often time they may need to be custom made. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It depends on the classification (idiopathic, neuromuscular etc) of the scoliosis as well as the degree of the curvature. Goal is early diagnosis and keep the curvature controlled during growth spurt. In idiopathic (most common) bracing is generally recommended for degrees of curvature 20-40. Greater than 40 surgery is considered. Again, many factors to consider. Discuss with orthopedic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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