Physical activity is generally beneficial to kids with scoliosis. So unless you are in pain or your doctor gives you certain instructions, you should continue to participate in the activities and sports you love - even if you wear a brace. In fact, keeping your core trunk strong is good for your back.
The weight of the backpack is often a concern for newly diagnosed scoliosis patients. While carrying a heavy backpack is not good for your back or posture in general, it will not worsen scoliosis.
Give yourself a break. If you wear a brace, be assured that you are much more aware of its presence than others. In many instances, others don’t notice the brace unless you bring it to their attention!
Find a support group. Start with your friends and explain to them how your scoliosis diagnosis affects your life. Once you have their support, try to find a support system of other scoliosis patients who can share their experiences with you and give you advice.
Even with research of and evidence from the general population, predicting the curve progression in individuals remains difficult. That said, evidence collected by researchers over the years shows the following “trends” in the general population:
Generally, the curves in a spine with scoliosis can’t be reversed without surgery. The goal of wearing a brace is to stop the curves from getting bigger, not to cure scoliosis. We believe that exercise does have a role in the treatment of scoliosis, along with more conventional treatments like bracing. We are partnering with other professional societies to design studies to help us better understand the role of different exercises and its impact on treatment. You should discuss any scoliosis-specific exercises with your doctor.