Do You Need A Spinal Brace?

If you have spinal scoliosis, you may be hearing suggestions from your doctors about using spinal braces to improve your health. Spinal braces can be used for other conditions as well, from the aftermath of spinal fusion surgery, to limiting movement while the body recovers from a serious fracture in the spine.

So, how can you figure out if using a spinal brace will benefit you? Maybe you are unsure if you should bring up this subject with your doctor or doctor of chiropractic, if he or she hasn’t already done so. I was curious to learn more about spinal braces, so I began doing some research and investigating on my own. This is how I came across an article by Spine Health that gives plenty of information and details about the different types of spinal braces, and how they can greatly benefit patients with scoliosis and other conditions that affect the spinal column. 

Fortunately for those who are dealing with discomfort in the spine, back braces these days are generally pretty easy to use and to maintain. Of course, most spinal braces are also now formulated to place their focus on being comfortable for the wearer as well, which is good for any patient who has trouble getting comfortable as a result of their scoliosis or other condition. Most scoliosis patients are given Thoraco-Lumbo-Sacral-Orthosis (TLSO) braces. Also known as rigid braces, these are able to limit up to fifty percent of motion in the spine. In addition to patients with scoliosis, patients with fractures or broken bones can often experience an improvement in their conditions by using a rigid TLSO brace.

For patients who experience curves in the thoracic spine area, an elastic brace may be more beneficial. These are known as Cervico-Thoraco-Lumbo-Sacral-Orthosis braces, but let’s be honest – elastic brace is a much easier term to use. These braces are worn virtually all the time, but may be removed to allow for exercise, swimming, and showering. If your doctor or chiropractor has suggested that you use a spinal brace, you can now participate in that conversation with more understanding and knowledge of the subject than you could before. Still, be sure to ask plenty of questions, especially if you have been referred to a new doctor or a specialist in the wake of a scoliosis diagnosis. A spinal brace may be the best treatment option for you.

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