There are many various types of back braces for kyphosis conditions. Some of them don’t really work, while others have been proven to work really great. It may be a challenge to find the right kind of back braces for your condition. But before we talk about braces, let’s briefly talk about what kyphosis actually is.
What Kyphosis Really Is
The medical term for the rounding of the upper back in a forward contour is known as kyphosis. This is also known as hunchback. The rounding is a lot more pronounced than what is normal. It can often be much more than forty-five degrees.
This condition can occur at any age. It is important that children get treatment as early as possible, since their spine is still growing and developing. Although it can be seen in children, kyphosis can occur at any age. That’s why it is important to have back braces to help treat this problem.
Mild cases usually don’t cause any major problems. More severe cases can be very serious and even need surgical intervention. The problem can be identified by doing a bend test at the physicians’ office. The patent bends forward from the waist area.
During this time the doctor will evaluate the upper back and look for signs of curvature. He may even require an x-ray to see just how severe the curvature may be. He will also look for any deformity within the vertebral column. In adults, arthritis is often linked to kyphosis deformities.
If you find it hard to breathe, because of the kyphosis, the doctor may also order that pulmonary tests be done as well. Kyphosis in both children and adults can cause problems with self-esteem and their self-image. In some instances, the hump in the back can be so obvious that other people notice.
Back pain may also accompany the condition, which can make life very difficult. Some of the treatment options include exercises to add strength to the back and spine muscles. In addition, pain medication can be prescribed if there is severe pain.
One of the options is to use back braces. One of the most common back braces is known as the Boston model. This brace opens in the back and is an underarm low profile unit. There are also the Milwaukee back braces available for round back or high thoracic kyphosis.
These braces are made out of high quality plastic that is light and customized to fit the body. Pads add pressure on the curvature. This gives it superior correction in posture. You wear the brace under your normal clothes. It may require that you purchase clothes a few sizes larger to accommodate the brace underneath.
Back braces are usually worn by children and not adults. Children will wear the braces until they stop growing at around age 17 or 18. The growth will be monitored by the doctor on a regular basis. It’s recommended that the back braces will be worn at least twenty hours a day.
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