The cosmetic aspects of
scoliosis and the braces used to treat it may greatly
affect a child or teen.
Teenagers may find wearing a brace
devastating to their self-image. Most braces should be worn for 20 hours a day
or more, usually for several years. It is very difficult to get teens to wear the brace for as many hours as their doctors recommend. They don't like how the braces look or feel.
Before a doctor can begin treating back pain, he or she may do tests to diagnose what is causing your problem. Unless you are totally immobilized from a back injury, your doctor probably will test your range of motion and nerve function and touch your body to locate the area of discomfort.
Blood and urine tests will make sure the pain is not caused by an infection or other systemic problem. X-rays are useful in pinpointing broken bones or other skeletal defects. To analyze soft-tissue damage such...
Also, wearing a brace may limit activities such as horseback riding,
skiing, skating, and gymnastics. Other activities, though, such as biking,
tennis, running, and jumping, are safe to do while the brace is worn. It is
typically recommended that children be allowed to remove their braces to
take part in physical education classes and other highly desired activities.
This may encourage better use of the brace.
Newer braces are
designed to improve the chances they will be worn as recommended.
Primary Medical Reviewer
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
July 21, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 21, 2011
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