Category: Scoliosis | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: May 7, 2015
Scoliosis is a condition marked by a spinal curvature that can cause pain and mobility issues in patients. There are several treatment options for this condition, many of which we have discussed in previous blogs. One treatment we have not yet discussed is a posture corrector. This article will discuss posture correctors and their effectiveness in treating spine conditions – particularly scoliosis.
What is a Posture Corrector?
A posture corrector is a back brace designed to fix a person’s posture. Posture correctors come in many different forms, and vary wildly in terms of quality. They are often a conservative treatment option for scoliosis patients who are unable to have surgery or wish to avoid a surgical correction for some reason.
Posture Correctors for Scoliosis
So, do posture correctors work to fix a patient’s scoliosis? The answer depends on a number of factors. First and foremost, the extent of the scoliosis has to be taken into account. A patient with a slight curvature of the spine may indeed find benefits in using a posture corrector. Over time the corrector may have some impact on the patients curvature. One thing to take into account is that, in order for a posture corrector to be effective, a patient has to wear it often and on a regular basis. This can be a hassle in and of itself.
On the other end of the spectrum, a patient with a severely pronounced “S” curve will likely not find posture correctors useful to fix the scoliosis. A posture corrector may help a little bit, but with an extreme curvature, generally the only treatment method that will effectively straighten the spine is a surgical correction. Especially in older patients with a strong spinal curve, it is difficult to coerce the spine to straighten with anything other than surgery.