Scoliosis in adults is classified as someone with an abnormal curve of the spinal column and is over the age of 18 years and has reached skeletal maturity. Adult scoliosis can be the continuation of child idiopathic scoliosis into adulthood, an injury to the spinal column, or more likely degenerative spinal disease (de novo) with no history of childhood scoliosis. Some examples of degenerative spinal disease include:
- degenerative disc disease
- spinal stenosis
- spinal arthritis (osteoarthritis)
Scoliosis in adults is usually associated with back pain which is not commonly found in childhood scoliosis. Adult scoliosis treatment protocols differ widely compared to idiopathic scoliosis found in children and teens as many times the underlining issue of the spinal disease needs to be addressed. Scoliosis treatment in adults can include:
- scoliosis brace for adults
- exercises to strengthen and support the spine
- pain management through prescription drugs
- steroid injections in the spine
- surgery in which the spinal fusion of the vertebrae with rods and screws
Scoliosis Brace for Adults
Adult scoliosis treatment in the past rarely incorporated a scoliosis brace due to its rigid design which caused muscles in the back to weaken and compliance of wearing the brace was low due to how unconformable it was to wear and you can not conceal it. With the invention of the dynamic corrective SpineCor scoliosis brace by two Montreal doctors: Dr Charles Hilaire Rivard and Dr Christine Coillard, adults have a new option with this soft brace that fits under the clothes. The SpinceCor brace is a soft brace that moves freely with the patients movements which enables them to do all there normal activities while still wearing the brace. Scoliosis brace for adults main objectives are to reduce pain and improve patient posture; bracing will NOT improve scoliosis curves in adults surgery is the only option. Some patients are not good candidates for surgery, so bracing is another option for these patients.
Treatment for scoliosis in adults using the SpineCor scoliosis brace is based on corrective movement on the spine from the elastic bands. By reinforcing the muscles surrounding spinal column will reduce the pressure on the vertebrae which will provide pain relief to the patient. The brace will help recondition the structural back muscles to become stronger and help maintain proper positioning, which will reduce the compression on the spinal column. Bracing is not cure for adult scoliosis, but as shown to be a tool in slowing or stopping the curve from progressing.
Scoliosis in adults has no cure, but with the right treatments and a healthy life style, individuals can live a pain free and functional life.
Benefits for the Adult Brace are the 3 P's:
- Pain Relief - Clinical studies have demonstrated 70% pain relief
- Posture - improved overall posture
- Progression - slowing or stopping curve progression
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