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For Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Wearing a Brace Early Leads to More use of the Brace and Less Surgery


Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) bracing can be effective if patients adhere to prescribed brace wear. Previous research has associated age, sex, and brace prescription length with future adherence. We hypothesize that a patient's initial adherence to brace wear may be associated with future adherence and outcomes. Read more in the study

Bracing Early Can Lead to Less Surgery

In some patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) a brace is prescribed to treat the scoliosis. In many patients, wearing the brace regularly can prevent the curve from getting so big that it needs surgery. This study looked at how long after the brace was prescribed the patient started wearing the brace. They also wanted to see if patients who wore the brace sooner did better.

Sixty teenage patients with scoliosis were given a brace. Patients who wore it regularly during the first month after getting it were more likely to wear it the entire time it was needed. Also, these patients were more likely to have the brace successfully treat the scoliosis and they did not need surgery. 

So, the sooner braces are worn after it is prescribed, the more it is worn, and the more it is able to treat the scoliosis and prevent surgery.

For more information, also review Frequently Asked Question on Bracing for AIS on our website. 

Linden GS, Emans JB, Karlin LI, O'Neill NP, Williams KA, Hresko MT. Early Adherence to Prescribed Brace Wear for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is Associated with Future Brace Wear. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2022 Aug 2.

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