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Marjorie Bekaert Thomas
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Children's Health Channel
Reported September 24, 2013

Back Bracing Proving Effective for Children with Scoliosis

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Recent studies show that adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis are better off wearing a back brace to correct their spine rather than opting for surgery.

Dr. Stuart Weinstein of University of Iowa Children’s Hospital conducted a study with a research team to measure the danger of spinal curve advancement in patients with scoliosis who wore and brace and those who did not.

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a curve of the spine with an unknown cause. Children with AIS are at risk if not treated; why a brace or surgery is highly recommended by doctors to treat the issue at a young age.

The study included 383 participants – 40 percent of the patients were appointed to wear a back brace, while the rest of the participants were given the option to not wear the brace. After 4 years of research, the team stopped the study early and concluded that patients who wore the back brace did not need surgery and did not have a spinal curve progression. It was also noted that those who wore the brace for more hours of the day saw better results.

"This study definitely shows braces work and are effective in preventing the need for surgery, children who are at risk should be treated with a brace, and they should wear it at least 13 hours a day for it to be effective," Dr. Weinstein was quoted as saying. 

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SOURCE: New England Journal of Medicine, September 2013

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