The primary goal of a scoliosis brace is to help slow or completely stop the sideways curve in your spine from curving more than it already has. The brace is molded to put pressure on the outer edge of your curve and hold your spine in a straighter, unrotated position. The most important time to wear a brace is during periods of rapid growth. Generally, people with moderate scoliosis wear their brace between 12 and 20 hours a day. There are several different types of braces for scoliosis. Your doctor will recommend a brace based on the child’s age, stage of growth, the degree, and type of curve. Each child’s body and curve is unique, so a brace must be specially made for each patient in order to give the straightest possible shape. The brace extends from below the armpit to the beginning of the pelvic areas in the front and just below the shoulder blade in the back.
The brace is designed to be worn 12 to 20 hours a day. The goal is to wear it at all times with limited exceptions.
The brace is designed to be worn for at least 8 hours a night.
Bracing is currently the only nonsurgical treatment that has been proven to reduce the natural progression of idiopathic scoliosis curves. Since bracing works best while a child is growing and ends after a child has stopped growing, this can take a couple of years.