Backpain Overview

Scoliosis Brace

Scoliosis is one of the most complicated disorders of the spine. The deformity of the spine has a disfiguring result on your back. In a ratio of men and women, it has been found that for one man there are four female victims of this congenital disorder. The spine curvature degree, if more than 20 degrees, is considered scoliosis with greater intensity. The spine having larger curves tends to progress more than smaller curves. Children who have delayed skeletal maturity are more prone to the progression of the spine. Scoliosis with greater curvature has a tendency to progress to more than 70 degrees, giving a disfiguring shape to the back.
After diagnosis of scoliosis, your doctor would decide whether you need scoliosis brace or not.

Sometimes, the scoliosis stops at a certain point. It grows fast when a child tends to move towards adolescence. The braces meant for scoliosis depends on the curvature and the type of progression. Basically, it is meant to check the growth of the curvature and to shape the spine. Scoliosis braces gives a firm support to the back and exerts pressure on the bend of the spine to resist its progression. You cannot make a choice of the braces; it is your doctor who will decide what kind of brace would fit you most.

The braces are known by different names due to their shape and function.

Thoracolumbosacral Orthosis (TLSO)
Also called 'Boston Brace'. Underarm is another name of this brace that can be easily worn under the clothes. The brace applies a three-point pressure to your scoliosis curvature.

Cervicothoracolumbosacral Orthosis
Also called Milwaukee Brace and is almost identical to TLSO. You need to wear it for 22 to 23 hours a day. If the curve of the spine is near the thoracic region, this kind of brace is prescribed.