Idiopathic scoliosis is a lateral deviation of the spine when viewed from the front or back of greater than ten degrees. It primarily develops in adolescent female's ages nine to thirteen.
It is a standard medical treatment to prescribe a rigid spinal brace if the scoliosis advances to greater than twenty degrees and growth still remain. Scoliosis Therapy and Bracing in Singapore is gaining popularity day by day.
The thought behind a scoliosis brace is that by using aggressive pressure to the pelvis and ribcage the spine can be held in a straighter position while your child grows which will somehow decrease the chance that your child's scoliosis will advance to a surgical level of greater than 40 degrees.
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Statistical data varies greatly in the literature in regards to scoliosis bracing efficacy and type of brace used. The majority of authorities agree that in-brace correction should be greater than 50 percent in order to have a better chance of stopping the progression of scoliosis.
The normal prescription time for spinal bracing is twenty-three hours daily in the brace until your child reaches skeletal maturity which on average is sixteen years of age in females.
Generally, radiographic measurements of your child's spine are performed every six months to evaluate progression and stability.
Since only a smaller percentage of scoliosis curves progress to surgical levels it is difficult to determine bracing success and even harder considering success is defined as not progressing to more than 5 degrees of the pretreatment measurement.
If a child was predisposed to progression and the brace or treatment prevented it then there would be more reason to believe that scoliosis treatment works.