View Full Version : Could Bracing make back worse?

02-18-2006, 08:23 PM
My daughter has been sleeping in a Providence brace for over a week now.
She seems very fatigued and her back looks worse to me and she isn't sitting
as well as she was before... If that makes any sense.
Has anyone every experienced this?
Could a back brace make the scoliosis curve worsen?
Thanks in advace for any comments.

02-19-2006, 07:49 PM
Sleeping in a brace takes a while to adjust to (wearing one period takes adjusting!) and what helped me was sleeping with a pillow under my legs. I remember how odd it felt to sit or even walk without my brace, you have something pushing at your spine and she'll just get used to that. In a week, you shouldn't notice much of a difference at all (for example, broken bones don't heal overnight ya know?) But if your talking about irritation from the brace, cotton tshirts are good to wear under it (if she doesn't do that already) Good luck to you both :)

02-21-2006, 10:47 PM
Has she had an x-ray in brace to see what it does to her curves? My daughter had no correction in her first brace and without correction, our ortho said she might as well not wear it (i.e. without correction, it is not applying enough pressure in the right places to halt or slow the curve.)

Sometimes curves progress quickly,also. My daughter's curve progressed quickly this last year. Jan 05 it was 19 degrees. July '05 it was 24 degrees. December '05 it was 33 degrees. January '06 it was 38 degrees. And every time I kept telling myself(esp. July to Dec, but also Dec to Jan), when I thought she looked worse, that it couldn't progress that fast.

Hope things are already better and this reply is a moot point!

Hugs! Cheryl

07-12-2006, 08:46 AM
I wore my providence brace for 2-3 months and my 23T 35L went to 40T 55L my progress was propably because overnight wearing was not enough (i did wear it every night)