A back brace is commonly worn when someone has scoliosis or other problems. There are a number of different types including air braces, lumbar sacral and even sports versions. The most commonly used by the general public is the sports version. It can be purchased at any local pharmacy or health food store.
There are two types. The first is a rigid or hard brace. The rigid is form fitting. It restricts about half of the movement of the wearer. These are normally reserved for orthopedic issues. The soft are elastic and allow a person to move and even lift heavy objects.
The key function of a rigid version in a youngster is to ease the progression of scoliosis. There are several types. The Boston is used most often in the United States. It presses a soft pad into the ribs of the wearer to attempt to straighten the spine. The Charleston is also used frequently in the United States. The primary idea behind the Charleston is that it may be worn at night.
Most children do not want theirs to be seen. The makers of the Charleston believe wearing at night will insure that children actually do wear it. It is slightly tighter and pulls a little harder to compensate for the spinal issues. The SpineCor is the most used soft version. This is unique because it must be worn for twenty hours a day. The person wearing it can not remove it for more than two hours at a time.
The back brace is often a wonderful alternative to surgery. Wearing can correct a minor problem. In those who require surgery, a brace allows some non surgical correction to be made prior to the actual surgery.