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Scoliosis: Bracing

Scoliosis makes a person's spine curve from side to side. Curves can get worse as you grow, and may cause health problems. So health care providers sometimes suggest teens wear a brace while they're growing.

What Is a Scoliosis Brace?

A scoliosis brace is a stiff plastic jacket that fits around the torso, from underneath the arms down to the hips. It has straps to keep it in place and straighten the spine.

A brace is also called an orthotic or orthosis. There are different types. An orthopedist works with you to choose the right one. The right brace is the one that works best for the kind of curve you have, but it's also the one you're most likely to wear.

Why Is Bracing Done?

Wearing a brace is often the first step if you need treatment for idiopathic scoliosis. Doctors prescribe the brace hoping it will stop your curve from getting worse and help you avoid spinal fusion surgery.

Reviewed by: Suken A. Shah, MD, Alicia McCarthy, APRN
Date Reviewed: Jul 18, 2017

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