At what point should my child be fitted with a scoliosis brace?
Generally, children with curves of 20º to 25º with substantial growth potential should probably be fit with a scoliosis brace. The decisions regarding when to brace require the consideration of several factors. Doctors sometimes offer varying opinions on this topic. If the decision is made to postpone bracing and “watch” to see if progression occurs parents and doctors must be vigilant and not let too many months pass before reevaluating the decision.
What evidence is there to support the Gensingen Brace?
There is a growing body of evidence in support of the Cheneau-Gensingen scoliosis brace. Please see our Scoliosis Bracing Research page.
What results can be expected when a child/adult is fit with a Gensingen Brace?
Stage of development, age at diagnosis, current age, spinal flexibility, in-brace correction achieved, curve-pattern, compliance, practitioner management and other factors influence bracing outcomes. Double or triple curves are less correctable than single curves. In general, younger children correct more easily than older children with comparable curves.
With the exception of the rarest cases, patients who have worn, or are wearing, the Gensingen Brace – from all over the globe –are demonstrating halted progression, at minimum. Many have demonstrated visually recognizable postural improvements and some degree of Cobb angle reduction as well. For this reason, the Cheneau-Gensingen is a very exciting development in the evolution of scoliosis bracing. Results have been excellent overall but as noted above will vary by individual.
How many hours per day will my child have to wear the brace?
Daily brace wear is determined according to the patient. As a rule, 18 to 20 hours is the norm for progressive curves and for those with severe scoliosis. When the Gensingen brace is fabricated as a night-time brace, obviously the number of hours prescribed is reduced.
What is the purpose of the openings in the Cheneau-Gensingen Brace?
Each Gensingen Brace is designed according to an individual’s scoliosis curve pattern offering ty for Schroth derotational breathing. The brace developer, Dr. Hans-Rudolf Weiss, is the third generation of a legacy of three esteemed practitioners who over the nine decades have developed, refined and elevated conservative scoliosis treatment to the point that it is quickly spreading internationally. Not only is Dr. Weiss the brace developer of this technologically advanced brace, but also the world’s foremost Schroth method expert. Dr. Weiss designs each brace for optimal corrective effect so that each breath taken while wearing the Gensingen brace is a corrective breath.
How long will it take my child to adjust to their scoliosis brace?
Becoming adjusted to a scoliosis brace varies by individual and will depend on the brace worn. Patients who wear the Gensingen Brace begin to wear the brace right away including sleeping in the brace that first night. Subsequent fittings will allow the brace to become more comfortable over the first few days. According to patients who have changed from other braces, the comfort factor of the Gensingen brace is significantly better than other commonly recommended scoliosis braces. There are a few patients who may take up to a two weeks to fully adjust to the brace.
Is scoliosis bracing painful?
A well-designed, well-fit brace should address the curvature without inducing pain. If a child has been wearing a brace successfully for a few months and then begins to complain of discomfort, then the brace may need to be adjusted or replaced.