What To Do When Your Scoliosis Brace Is Hurting

Why does my scoliosis brace hurt? There are many reasons why this could be the case. You may notice some minor discomfort during the first few days of wearing your scoliosis brace. It is similar to wearing a new pair of shoes. It will take some time to get used to your brace. Continue reading to learn about other possible causes contributing to your brace pain and ways to make them more comfortable.

Why Does My Scoliosis Brace Hurt?

As previously mentioned, your scoliosis brace may hurt if you just recently received it. You will be uncomfortable for the first couple of weeks. This is due to the pressure points. Additionally, your orthotist may have to make minor adjustments to your brace to fit more comfortably.

During the first week, you will get to know your brace. You will wear it for short periods of time and slowly increase it each day.

Furthermore, you must make sure that you check your skin every day for sores or red spots. If you notice a sore, you should remove your brace and contact your doctor for instructions. Typically, doctors tell you to keep your brace off until the sore fully recovers. This is why it is essential that you check your skin on a daily basis.

Another reason your brace may be causing you pain is that it may be too rough or rigid. For example, certain types of fabric can cause skin irritation which may result in allergic reactions. Additionally, if the material of your brace is non-breathable, it can cause pain and make your skin feel extremely hot.

Ways To Reduce Brace Pain

How can I make my scoliosis brace more comfortable? Your doctor or nurse will inform you of specific instructions for keeping the skin comfortable under your brace. Additionally, you should always make sure that you wear something snug under your brace to keep your skin protected. You may sweat under your brace and may have to change your shirt a couple of times throughout the day, especially in warmer weather.

If you are a student in gym class that must wear a scoliosis brace, you are allowed to remove your brace for that period of time. Your gym teacher or nurse can assist you in removing your brace.

If your brace is improperly worn, it can cause pain. So, always ensure that your brace is correctly positioned to minimize pain levels and maximize its effects. It is also imperative that you choose the right brace size. This is probably the best way to prevent brace pain. There is not a one-size-fits-all when it comes to back braces.

Fortunately, orthopedic lumbar support braces are available in different sizes. Make sure you choose a brace that enables you to adjust as needed. These adjustments are necessary as your posture changes.

Eventually, there will come a time when you will no longer have to rely on your back brace. But until then, it is essential to wear one to help with support as you continue to grow.