Originally Posted by nerak
However, it did stop the progression of my curves almost immediately and for that I am grateful. We persevered with the brace and now I dread to think what could have happened to my spine if we hadn't gone done the bracing route.
That's really the hope - that bracing will sort of freeze your curve where it was at diagnosis. If your curve is smallish, hopefully this will mean that you won't ever require surgery.
I saw some report recently on a totally soft brace - it looked like it was just some kind of fabric material - but it didn't link to any research that I could find. If they could manage to find a brace that wasn't awful to wear and that actually held a curve, they could maybe keep even more kids from surgery.