Back braces may be recommended for children and adolescents with small to moderate curves (up to 40 degrees) who are still growing. They are especially beneficial during growth spurts. In many cases they can slow down or stop progression of curves, potentially avoiding the need for surgery. There are various types of braces, and they are more effective the more hours per day that they are worn.
The Rigo Cheneau brace is one type of brace successfully used at Neuro Spinal Hospital. It is made of a light plastic material moulded to a patient’s shape. These types of braces are custom made for each individual patient to apply corrective pressure to the selected areas to slow progression of, or even partially correct, spinal curves and rotations. Rigo Cheneau braces are designed to provide comfort, room for growth, and minimal restriction of movement. They are usually worn for 16-24 hours per day until a child stops growing.