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Upper Spine FAQ

Question:

My 12-year-old daughter has scoliosis with large curves in her spine. Our doctor wants her to wear a brace. Will her age affect whether bracing works?

Answer:

A study looked at the results of bracing for teens with large spinal curves from scoliosis. Ages of participants in the study didn't make a difference in whether bracing prevented further curvature of the spine. Others markers of maturity, such as time of growth spurt or first period, also didn't affect the success of the treatment. From these results, researchers decided that it may be appropriate to suggest bracing for teens at all stages of development.



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