Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that most often, occurs during the growth spurt, just before puberty. Some of the common symptoms of scoliosis include uneven shoulders, uneven waist, or one hip higher than the other. Though it can be caused by conditions like Cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the cause of most cases of scoliosis is unknown. Though most cases of scoliosis are mild, severe cases can be disabling. Children with mild scoliosis will require to wear a brace.

Does A Back Brace Help With Scoliosis?

Does A Back Brace Help With Scoliosis?

Back brace or Orthotic treatment for scoliosis is used to prevent the progression of spinal curve and to maintain the appearance of the back. The main intention of wearing a back brace is to prevent the curve from getting worse. Most of the research on using a back brace for scoliosis has focused on idiopathic scoliosis. The research in general, shows that back braces can be effective for preventing curves from getting worse. The more the child wears the brace, the more effective the back brace can be.

However, it must be noted that brace treatment are not effective for spinal curves greater than 45 degrees; and bracing does not correct a curve of the spine. Though there may be some initial straightening of the spine and the appearance of correction, when a brace is applied; however, in most cases, after the child stops wearing the back brace, this correction is lost and the spinal curve returns to its original shape.

Again, one thing to note; wearing a back brace does not always prevent a spinal curve from getting worse. However, the best results from using a back brace can occur when bracing is started early, when the spinal curve is not severe, if the back brace is well fitted, when the child wears the back brace for the prescribed amount of time and when there is effective family support for the affected child.


So, though wearing a back brace can prevent the progression of the spine curve in scoliosis but a child having severe curve of the spine may not be well suited for bracing and must go for other advanced means of treatments.

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Last Modified On: September 20, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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