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Thread: What is a "corset" brace?

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    What is a "corset" brace?

    I am 18 years old, and obviously out of the age range for bracing, but my curves are 42T and 37L, and I have a lot of back discomfort and pain daily. My orthopedic surgeon suggested that maybe wearing a "corset" brace would help support my back and therefore help alleviate some of the pain i am experiencing, although it would probably weaken my back muscles so i would have to exercise more to try and counteract that process.

    I was wondering, does anyone know what the formal name for the brace he could be suggesting is, and whether it is a hard or soft brace? ... It blanked my mind to ask my dr. before i left the appointment, and it's basically up to me now to decide if i want one or not to wear only when my back is bothering me.

    I have never been braced before because when i found out i had scoliosis i was almost done growing, and surgery has never been an option until recently that my curves have progressed.

    Abbie
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    22 yr old F,KU college student
    Kyphoscoliosis...
    Scoliosis (25T, 23L) diagnosed @ 14 yrs old; curves June 08 were 45T, 32L with 18 degree rotation
    Kyphosis of 65 degrees...
    I am missing a lumbar vertebrae

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    Hi Abbie...

    I think "corset brace" usually refers to soft elastic braces, like this one:

    http://www.jointhealing.com/graphics...cold_small.jpg

    I've been told that braces can weaken abdominal muscles, so that would be something else about which you should be worried.

    Regards,
    Linda

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    thanks linda,

    i am having problems with pain in the thoracic region of my back though, so that's why i am at a loss for what in the world he is talking about...

    -abbie
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    22 yr old F,KU college student
    Kyphoscoliosis...
    Scoliosis (25T, 23L) diagnosed @ 14 yrs old; curves June 08 were 45T, 32L with 18 degree rotation
    Kyphosis of 65 degrees...
    I am missing a lumbar vertebrae

    Surgery 6/30/2008 with Dr. Lawrence Lenke
    Fused T2-L2


    before/after pics
    all smiles!

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    Mák Veronika
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    thank you!
    aBbiE
    22 yr old F,KU college student
    Kyphoscoliosis...
    Scoliosis (25T, 23L) diagnosed @ 14 yrs old; curves June 08 were 45T, 32L with 18 degree rotation
    Kyphosis of 65 degrees...
    I am missing a lumbar vertebrae

    Surgery 6/30/2008 with Dr. Lawrence Lenke
    Fused T2-L2


    before/after pics
    all smiles!

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    Hi Abbie...

    It might be worth a try, but I sort of doubt that a flexible brace will help with pain. If your pain is constant, you might want to just stop by a hospital supply store and try one on to see if it helps.

    Regards,
    Linda

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