The American Association of Neurological Surgeons estimates that two to three percent of the population is affected by scoliosis. While this abnormal curvature of the spine can develop in early childhood, it usually occurs between the ages of 10-14.
If your child has been diagnosed with scoliosis, you might be worried about their ability to take part in normal activities. Bulow Prosthetic & Orthotic Solutions is here to reassure you that they will be able to lead a normal life during their treatment. Typically, they will be prescribed one of these three orthoses, all of which can correct your child’s spine while allowing them to continue pursuing their favorite hobbies:
1) Underarm TLSO
The underarm Thoraco Lumbo Sacral Orthosis is often recommended when a patient experiences scoliosis in the middle to lower back. It extends from under the chest to the pelvis in the front, and from the shoulders to the tailbone in the back. The design makes it easy to wear underneath clothing. It can be worn while sleeping and during normal daytime activities, but it is okay to take it off while bathing or playing sports. Because of this, an underarm TLSO falls in the category of a “23 hour” brace.
2) Total Contact TLSO
The total contact TLSO, also known as a body jacket, covers both the upper and lower part of the torso. It’s created from a fiberglass cast of the patient’s body, and the inner core applies a counteractive force to the spine. Also a 23-hour brace, it features adjustable straps in the front the make it easy to take off when the patient wants to play sports or bathe.
3) Bending Brace
Patients who wear a bending brace typically have a 20 to 40 degree curvature that starts below the shoulder. As opposed to the two TLSO braces, this orthosis is only worn at night and is made of less rigid material. It’s asymmetrical in shape and is meant to overcorrect the curvature while the patient is asleep.
If your child is affected by scoliosis, the road to recovery can be long. However, by being consistent with their orthosis, they will likely be able to avoid surgery later on. Let Bulow help you. Our orthotists have worked with many pediatric patients, and can craft a custom brace for your child.