A new study by Dr. Stuart Weinstein from the University of Iowa shows that bracing may be an option for many children suffering from high-risk scoliosis. Seventy-two percent of children wearing a brace improved to the point where surgery wasn’t needed compared to 48% of children who didn’t use a brace.
While this may be good news for some patients, an editorial accompanying the article pointed out that some scoliosis patients’ curves will benefit from bracing while others will not. At this point, it’s unclear which groups do benefit. Additional research will be needed to figure out which patients will benefit from bracing therapy.
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