Idiopathic Scoliosis And Scoliosis Brace

Idiopathic scoliosis is the scientific name for classical scoliosis. Idiopathic literally means “with no known cause”, which makes idiopathic scoliosis one of the few diseases out there that cannot be prevented or foreseen. So, how do the physicians know that classical scoliosis is idiopathic scoliosis and that there are any other types of this disease? Simply because a pattern exists: people who have parents or relatives that have developed scoliosis at some point in their lives are likely to suffer from the same illness. However, if there is no history of scoliosis in your family, then whatever type of this disease that you might be suffering from is most certainly idiopathic scoliosis. Unfortunately, your children will inherit it as well.

There are many subtypes of idiopathic scoliosis out there, but the most important classification is the one that has age as a main criterion. Therefore, there exist three types of idiopathic scoliosis:

  • Infantile idiopathic scoliosis: if the signs of scoliosis appear before the age of three, then your child suffers from the infantile version of scoliosis. Be very careful with both the administration of the treatment and the physicians that see your child. At such an early age, the chances of fixing the bones of your son or daughter are pretty good, but if the treatment is wrong or the medical doctor is unskilled, then the damage could prove permanent.
  • Juvenile idiopathic scoliosis: only between the ages of three and ten can a child present the symptoms of juvenile scoliosis. At this age, their bones become a tad more resistant to modifications of any sort and some form of “radical” treatment must be followed. Braces are the most common type of “radical” treatment for children so young. Most parents consider them too much for their kids, but they truly work. It is up to the parent to decide whether they want their children to suffer through this treatment or not.
  • Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: after the age of ten, an adolescent will rarely show symptoms of scoliosis. But, if they do, then these symptoms must be addressed immediately because their bones are getting less and less easy to manipulate by the day. If the spine is not straightened by the time they reach 17 ore 18, there is little chance that it will ever get better.

As it can be noticed from everything described above, children are the most exposed ones to idiopathic scoliosis. Adults rarely develop scoliosis and if the patient has passed the age of twenty, it is best to presume that the curvature of the spine is caused by something else entirely.

The scoliosis brace: the answer to your problems

From the vastness of scoliosis treatments out there, one stands out as a rather extreme, though very efficient method of healing this illness: the scoliosis brace. While it might seem a tad on the barbaric side, the scoliosis brace has straightened many a backbone very effectively. The downside to this scoliosis brace is that it keeps the wearer into a permanent state of discomfort and, in some cases, even pain.

Basically, the scoliosis brace works like a corset: when set in the right position, it does not allow the one wearing it to modify its body shape. Of course, just like the aforementioned corset, you can breathe, you can eat and you can sit while having it on, but that is about all that you can do when you have a scoliosis brace on. The scoliosis brace works best if worn by a small child, but you will find out that it is rather hard to get young children to keep it on. Some adults wear this brace only as a support for their damaged backbone.

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