Information about Scoliosis brace, Milwaukee brace and Posture Bra

Scoliosis brace: What it is and how to use it?

The Scoliosis brace is worn to prevent spinal curve progression and maintain proper shape and appearance of the spine.

Scoliosis brace treatment is often used in children of growing age to prevent progression of moderate spinal curves. It is usually continued till the child's skeleton is not growing anymore.

The objective is not to correct the curve of the spine, but rather to prevent the curve from getting worse. Initially straightening of the spine will occur showing appearance of correction, but if the brace is discontinued, the correction is lost and the curve gets back to its previous shape.

Points to remember

• Bracing needs to be started early, when the child's skeleton is still growing.
• The spinal curve is moderate, not severe. A severe forward curve in upper back along with scoliosis may not be well suited for bracing.
• The brace needs to be well fitted.
• The child must wear the brace as prescribed, for the prescribed duration.
• Family support for the child is essential.

Risk Factors:

• Discomfort
• Skin irritation
• If the child does not wear the brace for the prescribed time, the curve is likely to get worse
• Children can play sports, such as ride bicycle, run or jump, and play tennis while wearing the brace, but not participate in activities such as skiing, skating, horseback riding and gymnastics

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Milwaukee brace: What it is and how to use it?

The Milwaukee brace is used to treat spinal deformities, such as post-polio scoliosis. It was developed by Blount and Schmidt in 1946. Milwaukee brace is also known as cervico-thoraco-lumbo-sacral orthosis or CTLSO.

The brace consists of a plastic pelvic section with an anterior and two posterior uprights which are connected by a neck ring with throat mold and occipital pads. Corrective pads are connected directly to the uprights or suspended by nylon straps.

The pelvic section of the Milwaukee Brace can be either custom made or based on a prefabricated module.

The most common form of scoliosis is "Idiopathic scoliosis" for which such brace is needed. It is divided into three types depending on the age:

a. Infantile (birth to age 3): The brace is worn continuously worn (23+ hours). After a specific period of bracing, if no relapse occurs, the child is weaned from the brace and the spine is allowed to grow in the straightened position and bracing is discontinued. Surgery is indicated if the curve cannot be controlled with bracing.

b. Juvenile (age 3 to puberty): Brace is worn full time for 18 to 24 months until the curve is controlled. A radiograph indicates the benefits of the brace, whether the curve is trying to set in again if it has been removed. If the curve comes under control, the duration brace-wearing is reduced to 20 hours a day. If curve sets in again with weaning of Milwaukee brace, bracing remains at full time. If it cannot be controlled with brace, surgery is indicated.

c. Adolescent (after puberty): The aims to control the curve and its incorrect progression, and thus prevent surgery. Milwaukee brace proves effective for children with a curve of 30 to 40 degrees or with curves less than 29 degrees.

Posture Bra: What it is and how to use it?

Posture bra are made specifically for women who have large or heavy breasts. They are designed to support the weight of breasts and relieve them of neck strain, shoulder pain and tension headaches due to it. Posture bras are made for "full-busted women" having the weight of their breasts causing physical discomfort. Posture bras improve the quality of life by making the woman easier to stand or sit upright.

When to wear a Posture Bra?

Although posture bras are great for certain activities, they may not be suitable for all-time wearing.

Posture bras can be worn at work, at times when standing for a long time, when doing chores involving bending over or slouching (cooking, sewing, etc.)

Posture bra can be restrictive to some women, and not advised during:

• Working out
• Doing yoga or Pilates
• Relaxing at home
• Doing something that requires bending, such as gardening

Who should wear a Posture Bra?

Posture bras provide relief for:

• Women having heavy or large breasts which cause muscle tension headaches
• Women experiencing shoulder or neck pain from their bras
• Women who feel difficulty in breathing due to their bras
• Women having physically demanding jobs
• Women who have difficulty standing up straight because of the weight of their breasts
• Women with sedentary jobs who have to sit at their desks or workstations
• Women who need to stand for long time

The posture bra is designed in such a way that it prevents unnecessary pulling on the shoulder straps. This helps to distribute the weight of the breasts more evenly between the band of the bra and the bra back.

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