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11th July 2007, 04:09 PM
Just wondering - have any adults here (over 18) had bracing suggested to them by their specialist? From my research it seems like this is an option usually presented to children and teenagers. Is it true that bracing is ineffective for people who have finished growing? Meaning - Can bracing reduce curves in adults?
11th July 2007, 04:59 PM
Hmm, not sure about this really, I think it tends to depend on the individual consultants. Mine doesn't seem to think they're necessary after adult surgery, that's for sure! :P
I think they mainly have a role to play in holding (or attempting to hold) children's curves while they go through there major growth spurts.
I'm sure someone more knowledgeable about braces will come along soon to help. :-)
11th July 2007, 05:12 PM
No,Bracing doesn't do anything for an adult patient. Braces really just hold the curve and prevent or slow down the curve progression in a growing child.
Usually an adult will only be braced after a surgery if an anterior fusion is carried out or the surgeon feels that more support is needed after a complex op.
there's never been anything published to suggest that bracing reduces curves in an adult and would not be standard practice.
12th July 2007, 01:58 AM
Evidently most doctors think that braces alone cannot hold an adult spine that is really going to curve. Our bones and muscles are a lot stronger than we give them credit for. Scoliosis in spines can break harrington rods and pull apart weak fusions. It's a strange disease that is far better treated while we are young and then it is necessary to keep a watchful eye for deterioation.
17th July 2007, 07:37 AM
I have heard of adults using Spinecor braces in North America. I think this is mainly to help pain and is unlikely to be available on the NHS. Have a Google if you're interested.
19th July 2007, 11:25 AM
http://www.knitrite.com/orthotic-afo-spinal-interfaces.html, follow this link for some info on specific vests to be worn under braces. Advantages; no seams, no creasing as tight round torso, claims to take perspiration away from the body, disadvantage; not cheap
28th October 2007, 08:18 PM
I´m 20 years old male from Germany and wear a brace since May.
Before, I have always been to docters who seemed to not know anything about kyphosis. They told me that nothing can be done if you have kyphosis. About 3 years later (This April) I have done alot of research on the internet and went to one of the very few specialists in Germany (there are like 3). He suggested that I should wear a brace for the next 1 or 2 years, which will definately have a positiv effect and decrease my kyphosis.
At the beginning of the treatment, I had a kyphosis of about 85°, in the brace I have about 55° (according to x-rays done 6 weeks after the beginning of the treatment). Already, I have grown 1 cm in height.
My next check-up is scheduled for next year Jan. Some time after that, they will make new x-rays of my back and I will see if the brace really workes.
28th October 2007, 10:53 PM
Hi Timito! :welcome2:
I lived in Germany a few years ago at the age of 21, for 8 months and had intensiive physio and other treatment (posture support in my wheelchair etc) and also found that my kyphosis noticably decreased. Unfortunately, I know their approach to treatment is (unfortunately) quite different over there so it might be the case that your kyphosis has decreased.
I even contemplated staying over there because of their health system and apporach to treatment.
I'm glad things are going well for you!!!
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