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Old 18th October 2013, 07:36 PM
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Default Re: Randomized study on bracing shows effectiveness

Oh, Mark Morningstar's Tornado Suit? I'd be interested to see independent peer reviewed studies of that too, if you can find any I'm a bit wary of anyone connected to the CLEAR Institute as they do make bold claims and (in the past but maybe not so much now) would focus on how awful and terrible spinal fusion surgery is, rather than giving decent evidence that their own treatment works. I'm very open to reading decent research and studies on all of these nonsurgical techniques though, as obviously it would be wonderful to have an effective treatment that doesn't involve surgery.

As far as bracing goes I personally think that the high-profile Milwaukee can be very effective in some cases - however it's just not tolerable for most people to wear for years on end. I wore plaster bodycasts (during winter months) and Milwaukees (during summer months) for eight years - both treatments which some doctors have claimed are "barbaric", but they held my progressive infantile idiopathic double curve in the high 60s/40s for most of those eight years. These were definitely effective treatments in my case, but they're not at all pleasant. It's really good that people are continuing to attempt to design better braces!
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37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.
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