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11th March 2008, 03:12 PM
what the upper age is for bracing? my doc is being really hard on me and I have been on the physio waiting list for nearly a year and in so much pain. I was told I am too old for surgery and bracing (am 24).
Also does bracing effect your insides, like put pressure on your internal organs? I'm a bit of a worrier lol.

11th March 2008, 04:08 PM

Unfortunately, conventional bracing cannot have any effect on curves once a person has stopped growing. However, some adults find that braces can help support their backs and relieve pain and pressure.

Hope that helps,

Toni xx

11th March 2008, 11:57 PM
I'd also like to add that while I have no idea whether surgery is appropriate for you or not, you are definitely *not* too old! Many of us here have had surgery when older than 24, in fact if the patient is fit and healthy enough and likely to benefit enough from it, surgery for scoliosis is even done on people in their 80s. Shorter fusions for degeneration are commonly done on older people too - when I had my last surgery, the lady in the bed next to me was a 67 year old who had just had an uninstrumented spinal fusion for a degenerative problem, and was doing extremely well :-)

24th March 2008, 10:28 PM
I agree with Toni braces can be used not just to stabilise and help in the reabalitation process but they can also be used to help ease pain. I seem to remember reading somewhere about the Chenau brace (If spelt wrong apologies) can help with support and pain relief.

Thats complete tosh about the surgery bit too we have lots of experience on this site of a number of older members having had not just surgery but revision surgery

Where abouts in the world are you, can you not get a referral to another specialist.

I hope you can find some answers to your pain


25th March 2008, 04:53 AM
Bracing someone who isn't growing won't affect their curve in any way, but as Toni said, it can help relieve pain and tension. In certain circumstances, though, I've heard that extensive bracing in adults can result in the loss of muscle mass around the spine, and that can certainly be a factor for increased pain, particularly as you get older.

I don't think it can hurt your internal organs, though.

I don't really know about adult bracing, but an osteopath, particularly one who specialises in spinal health, might and might be able to recommend something :-)

You are certainly not too old for surgery, though! If it's appropriate for you, fusion for scoliosis is generally safe and successful. If your consultant is convinced you're just too old for it, find someone else.

Hope that helps :wave:

26th March 2008, 11:36 PM

not wanting to correct you but many doctors still argue and test if Adult Bracing HAS an effect on a curve or not... As Mark said is defintly worth having while doing for instant Schroth or pain ease... If it can correct some curve is still to be verified but I do know some tests about that are currently going on in Germany...