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How can a back brace help a child with scoliosis?

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If your child’s curve measures between 20 and 40 degrees, his doctor might recommend that they wear a back brace to help stop its progress as they grow. But a brace can’t correct a curve.

Braces may be made of hard plastic. These can stay rigid or be elastic and move easily. The kind your child needs will depend on how severe the curve is and where it’s located. They may wear the brace between 16 and 23 hours a day, until he finishes growing. The goal is to control the curve so he won’t need surgery.

From: What's the Treatment for Scoliosis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Scoliosis Research Society: “Treating Scoliosis,” “Treatment and Coping,” “Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis,” “Scoliosis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Scoliosis?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Nonsurgical Treatment for Scoliosis,” “Surgical Treatment for Scoliosis.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Scoliosis: Treatment.”

The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York: “Degenerative Scoliosis.”

HSS Journal: The Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery: “Degenerative Scoliosis: A Review.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 26, 2018

SOURCES:

Scoliosis Research Society: “Treating Scoliosis,” “Treatment and Coping,” “Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis,” “Scoliosis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Scoliosis?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Nonsurgical Treatment for Scoliosis,” “Surgical Treatment for Scoliosis.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Scoliosis: Treatment.”

The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York: “Degenerative Scoliosis.”

HSS Journal: The Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery: “Degenerative Scoliosis: A Review.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 26, 2018

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