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Children who have a diagnosis of scoliosis or kyphosis sometimes have bracing needs.
The brace is a traditional but proven approach to slowing or stopping the progression of spinal curvatures.
When a doctor first diagnoses your child, he or she may suggest wearing a brace if:
The brace is helpful because, as kids grow, their curve may become worse.
At the Spine Center at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, we custom make the brace for your child's curve.
Our specially trained orthotists will:
At the Spine Center, we offer three bracing options.
The Boston Brace has been in use since the 1970s. There are several designs, each made for a certain type of curve.
Which brace your child's doctor prescribes depends on whether he or she has:
The RSC brace has also been in use since the 1970s and, like the Boston Brace, has improved since then.
Each brace is custom made for and fitted to your child.
The Gomez brace helps improve overall spinal balance and stability.
We realize a brace can be uncomfortable. But our orthotists take the time to make sure that every brace is the best fit possible.
Each case of scoliosis is different.
Your child may need to wear the brace for a few hours a day or even almost all day. Your doctor will tell you how long each day your child needs to wear his or her brace.
Our team can also give you and your child advice on how to be more comfortable wearing the brace.
As your child grows, we'll adjust the brace to ensure that he or she continues to get the most benefit from it.
To make an appointment for your child, contact the Spine Center at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh at 412-692-5530.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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