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kyphosis and type of bracing

Started by vicky m on 08/05/2010 3:26am

My daughter is nearly 12. When we first visited a doctor was at the age of 6 for scoliosis right thoracic 20 degrees. X-rays were taken every year and without doing any treatment now she has no scoliosis, just a slight curve to the lumbar spine. But at that time the doctor had not say anything about her kyphosis that was 70 degrees. At age of 10 we visited another doctor who first said about kyphosis. He said we had just to watch out her growth. Now he says she has to get into treatment with bracing. Her growth hasn't finished. He says she is in 0 rate of risser line (0-4 is the rate). Because she is an athlete, a basketball player, our doctor recommended the spinecor brace. She has 67 degrees kyphosis, Scheuermann's disease. My question is: does this type of bracing can slow or stop the curve's progression? I am from Greece and 99% of doctors use the old types of bracing such as boston etc. When I heard about spinecor I thought this is a good type of bracing for many reasons. But I need more information. Thank you.

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I've heard good things about the Aspen Medical Products line of braces in relation to Kyphosis. I'd recommend asking your doctor about their lower spine orthosis options or checking them out athttp://www.aspenmp.com/lower-spine

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I have treated many patients with adolescent kyphosis. I have found the traditional Boston brace is not very effective for kyphosis. A successful outcome can be achieved using a custom adjustable TLSO that allows you to periodically refine the pressure points, especially when used in combination with an specialized exercise program.

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Dear Vicky hello from Cyprus.My son is facing a similar problem as your daughter.He is 12 and the doctor recently diagnosed a Kyphosis of 70 degrees and recommented a boston brace.I also have the same considerations as you had.An orthopaedic doctor from England suggested a TLSO brace.I have also heard about the spinecor brace which is not so rigid as the others but I'M not sure if ti works .I am confused and I don't know what to do.Can you please tell me what brace have you finally chosen and if you saw any improvement? Is your girl also following a special exercise programe to address her Kyphosis? I would be more than grateful if you share with me your experiences.

Thanking you in advance

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Dear Nikol,finally I chose the spinecor . My doctor persuaded me. He sad among other things, that the spinecor educates the muscles (there is no atrophy) and the message goes to the brain via the nervous system. This is how when the spinecor will be off, the problem will not appear again. My daughter put the spinecor at 30-08-2010 for 20 hours a day. Every 3 months the doctor and the physiotherapist was checking it. After 18 months we saw a significant improvement, from 67 to 52 degrees. Now she wears the spinecor for 14-16 hours a day and for 9 months maybe more. I think I have to wate for the next year, when the spinecor will be off, and she will be without its help. This is the time that I can tell you for sure, if the spincore helped. For excercise, she is playing every day basketball for 2 hours and she does some excersises for her muscles that support the spine (especially the back thoracic part,where the problem is).I hope I helped you to decide what to do.

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Dear Nikol,finally I chose the spinecor . My doctor persuaded me. He sad among other things, that the spinecor educates the muscles (there is no atrophy) and the message goes to the brain via the nervous system. This is how when the spinecor will be off, the problem will not appear again. My daughter put the spinecor at 30-08-2010 for 20 hours a day. Every 3 months the doctor and the physiotherapist was checking it. After 18 months we saw a significant improvement, from 67 to 52 degrees. Now she wears the spinecor for 14-16 hours a day and for 9 months maybe more. I think I have to wate for the next year, when the spinecor will be off, and she will be without its help. This is the time that I can tell you for sure, if the spincore helped. For excercise, she is playing every day basketball for 2 hours and she does some excersises for her muscles that support the spine (especially the back thoracic part,where the problem is).I hope I helped you to decide what to do.

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