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Finding the Perfect Fit: Choosing a Scoliosis Brace for Your Child

A scoliosis diagnosis can feel overwhelming, but there's good news! Scoliosis braces, common, non-surgical orthopedic devices, are designed to halt the progression of spinal curvature in growing children and adolescents. Braces work by exerting pressure on specific parts of the torso, encouraging the spine to grow straighter over time. The goal of this bracing is to prevent further curvature advancement, thereby minimizing the need for surgical intervention.

With various braces available, selecting the right one becomes crucial. Here's what to consider:

Orthotist's Recommendation: Your orthotist will assess your child's curve type, severity, and growth stage to recommend the most effective brace. There are different designs for specific needs, like nighttime braces for mild curves or full-time braces for more severe cases.

Material and Comfort: Braces are typically made of rigid plastic or lightweight composites. Comfort is key, so ensure the material is breathable and allows for some movement. Look for adjustable straps and padding to avoid irritation.

Compliance and Fit: A well-fitting brace is essential for successful treatment. Your child should be able to wear it comfortably for the prescribed time. During fitting, a specialist will ensure the brace aligns with your child's specific curve and growth plates.

Wearing Schedule: Brace wear time varies based on severity. Discuss this with your orthotist. Nighttime wear might be sufficient for mild cases, while more severe curves might require full-time bracing.

Maintenance and Cleaning: Braces need regular cleaning with mild soap and water to prevent skin irritation. Ask about cleaning instructions and replacement schedules for straps or pads.

Remember: Bracing treatment is not just about physical support; it's also about empowerment and education. Patients undergoing bracing treatment often work closely with orthotists, physical therapists, and healthcare providers to ensure proper brace fit, monitor progress, and address any concerns that may arise. Additionally, participating in support groups or connecting with peers facing similar challenges can provide invaluable emotional support and encouragement. At AtlanticProCare, we have a network of scoliosis peers who can help. 

We work with your child and your family all through treatment, making sure your child has a well-fitting and comfortable brace that encourages compliance and maximizes the benefits of scoliosis treatment. And we provide support and consistent follow up care including telehealth.

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