Scoliosis, a medical condition in which the spine takes on a sideways curvature, most often occurs during a child’s growth spurt just before they enter puberty. While some causes of scoliosis can be attributed to cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, most causes are unknown.
Read on for more information about this condition, plus treatment options in the form of scoliosis braces for children.
What Are the Risks?
While most scoliosis is mild, it is possible for some children to develop spinal curvature that worsens with time. In fact, it can even become disabling. If the abnormality becomes severe, it can decrease the amount of space inside the chest cavity and make normal lung function difficult.
A child with scoliosis should be closely monitored through the use of X-rays to check the status of the curvature. In some cases, the child may not need treatment at all. But other children may require the use of a back brace or even surgery.
No matter when a child is diagnosed with scoliosis, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Early intervention can allow the child to live a full, normal life. Fortunately, scoliosis braces for children are available — and BioTech can help you walk through the process of choosing the correct brace and getting the very best results possible.
When Should You Get a Brace?
Typically, unless there are extenuating circumstances, doctors will only recommend scoliosis braces for children if the spine curvature is greater than 25 degrees. If the curvature is less than this, but is progressing to a higher degree, then a brace may be recommended as well.
If the scoliosis is discovered early and the child begins treatment as soon as possible, a brace can be a very effective way to stop the curvature from getting worse.
Types of Scoliosis Braces for Children
Two options of bracing treatments offered here at BioTech are the underarm (or low profile) brace and the Providence Nocturnal Scoliosis System.
An underarm brace is custom-fitted and molded for the child’s specific measurements so that curvature progression is restricted as much as possible. Most underarm braces can be worn under clothing. Typically, they are worn for 20-23 hours per day.
The Providence Nocturnal Scoliosis System is designed to be worn at night. As a hyper-corrective orthosis, this brace can treat scoliosis without interfering in daytime activities — a major plus for older kids.
Questions? Contact BioTech Today!
If you’re ready to learn more about scoliosis braces for children, contact BioTech today. We are ready and willing to help!