If a child diagnosed with scoliosis has a curvature of more than twenty degrees but less than 40 degrees, he or she may need to wear a spinal brace. Each child is different and a doctor will determine what kind and how long the brace should be worn. Although the spinal brace does not correct an existing curve, it does help keep it from getting worse. It is important that the brace be worn properly to make it most effective. A spinal brace can be hard for kids and they should be given plenty of love and support.
- Observation is key when scoliosis is first suspected.
- If the spinal curve is less than 20 degrees, bracing could be an option, but not recommended for more than 40 degrees.
- If a parent decides to use a brace for a child, there are many tips including which types (as suggested by doctor) to use, how to wear it, and also what to wear underneath it.
“It’s important to minimize the number of x-rays that are taken (because of the radiation exposure), and in most cases, one x-ray per year should be sufficient.”