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The ultimate goal of bracing is to prevent the progression of the curve and thus minimize the likelihood of surgery.
Learning that you need a scoliosis brace to correct the curve of your spine is probably not what children want to hear.
“I know when I was told, I cried,” says Rachel. Curvy Girls Founder Leah adds,
“Yes, I have been where you are, but I can tell you that you will get through this and this brace will not define who you are. However, how you react to it will help shape who you will become". Both advise, “You can stay strong through your scoliosis treatment with the help and support of others just like us.”“I remember having so many questions when I was told I would need a brace. I also remember feeling like no one could understand my concerns and anxieties because they didn’t know what it felt like to be me. That is why I started Curvy Girls Scoliosis, a support network where kids in similar situations can share our experiences and solutions to problems that no one else understands. Together, we can share our journey through scoliosis treatment and honestly, knowing you are not alone makes all the difference.”People have questioned the value of bracing in the treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis but a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine1 has shown that bracing is effective and that the number of hours a brace is worn has a direct effect on its effectiveness and the prevention of surgery.The Bracing in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Trial (BRAIST)1 was halted early, because of the overwhelming evidence of the superiority of the brace said lead author Stuart L. Weinstein. Ignacio V. Ponseti Chair and Professor, orthopedic surgery and professor, University of Iowa, Iowa City.“The reason that I did this study was that the jury was still out as to whether braces work or not because the evidence wasn’t really of the highest level, and now I think it’s pretty clear that the jury is in, and that braces work.” Weinstein 20132The study also found that ‘Bracing significantly decreased progression of high risk curves to the threshold for surgery and the benefit increased with longer hours of brace wear’1