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.
Here are simple ways you can ease osteoarthritis symptoms on your own, at home.
1. Stay active. Exercise may be the last thing you want to do when your arthritis hurts. But many studies show that physical activity is one of the best ways to improve your quality of life. Exercise boosts your energy. It can also strengthen your muscles and bones, and help keep your joints flexible. Try resistance training to build stronger muscles. Your muscles protect and support joints affected by arthritis...
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.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 26, 2013
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