There are many types of back braces, and each one is designed to help you achieve the best possible treatment for your scoliosis. They can help curve your spine back into place and keep it from curving further. If you have scoliosis, there are a few different types of back braces that can help you get the maximum benefit from your treatment. Here are some of the most common types of braces for scoliosis and how they work.
Anterior Pelvic Tilt Brace
An anterior pelvic tilt brace is a back brace that provides spine protection by lifting the entire front area of your back and pushing your chest out in a natural position. This can decrease or prevent lower back pain because it will realign you to where you should be. You also have the option of wearing this as an anterior pelvic tilt belt if you only want to protect one side. These types are most often worn by people who have scoliosis and need to stay in the correct position at all times to avoid any curvature worsening or coming back. An anterior pelvic tilt belt looks like any other belt with thick pads on either side but has a special type of elastic strap that hooks around the hips to keep it in place.
Lateral Thoracic Tilt Brace
A lateral thoracic tilt brace is a back brace for scoliosis that immobilizes the entire torso, supporting your neck and back to prevent the spine from rotating. When you wear this brace, the lower back bends at an angle that is parallel to the ground which compresses and flattens it against your hipbone or pelvis, locking it in place. This shape limits how much rotation occurs at the lumbar level because as one segment bends forward or backward, there is no corresponding movement at adjacent levels. A lateral thoracic tilt brace can be either custom-made or off-the-shelf.
Neutral Elastic Back Brace (NEB)
The NEB is one type of back brace for scoliosis that uses a pair of elastic straps, one strap connected to each arm on the back. This type is preferred because it maintains a feeling of freedom without restricting movement or airflow. It's also easy to wear under clothing and it has been known to alleviate pain in the neck, shoulder, back, and waist. When properly fitted, the elastic pulls straight against both arms as you move so that you have plenty of give with this brace.
This brace forces the spine to curve so that it conforms to the shape of a normal spine when worn correctly. It's used when there's an immediate need for treatment but not enough time for surgery, such as in children with mild scoliosis or adults with moderate cases. When used incorrectly, however, it can cause pain because it pushes on nerves and muscles too hard it needs to be worn correctly or else it won't work effectively at all!
Elastomeric Back Brace (EBR)
Elastomeric back braces are most often used to treat scoliosis because they can be molded to the shape of a patient's back. The brace is put on over a shirt and it works by pushing on the spine to keep it from curving further. It can be worn twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, but should only be worn while sleeping if it is prescribed by a doctor.
Elastomeric back braces are designed to fit snuggly against the skin without adding any extra pressure or discomfort. Depending on your size, there might be an opening at the front of the brace that allows you to wear clothes over it or an opening on both sides that allow you access to the brace when going to sleep.
A Rigid Brace
This type of back brace for scoliosis is made of hard plastic and metal. It is worn at night and helps straighten your spine. Rigid braces are often used to correct the curvature of the spine. A rigid brace has a clear design, which can allow doctors to see how far the curve progresses over time. The two types of braces are halo frames that restrict movement from just the head down and full-body halo frames that require an individual to remain in bed for long periods. Both types have strong rods to allow increased stability by applying constant pressure. Typically these devices consist of aluminum components that are interlocked with plastic compression rings on either end, hence their name halo frame. If a spinal curvature is progressing more quickly than anticipated, one might consider getting outfitted with back braces for scoliosis
An Inflatable Splint
This type of back brace for scoliosis is made of soft materials like foam or gel, and it goes under your clothes. It can be worn all day long, so you don't have to wear it at night. This brace is like an inflatable vest that fits around your chest and back, supporting you to help correct your posture. The inflatable splint stays inflated by either having it plugged into a wall outlet or by a battery-operated pump attached to the vest. It does not have rigid parts, so you can still move easily while using this type of brace for scoliosis correction.
Corset Back Brace For Scoliosis
These braces are made from fabric or metal, and they're worn on the torso over the clothing. They act like a corset, compressing the ribs and chest to keep the spinal column straight. The brace also helps relieve pain and improves breathing during exercise. This type of brace is often used on younger people who will grow out of the condition.
This brace is often worn by more mature patients with more severe curvature in their spine. An immobilizing brace covers both sides of the back and restricts movements from side to side. It also extends up over the shoulder blades to prevent further curves from developing. In general, it's recommended that patients wear this type of brace until they've reached skeletal maturity at 18 years old or until they're able to stop progressing with their curvature.