Re: Randomized study on bracing shows effectiveness
I think asking the Italian guys for their thoughts would be a very useful thing to do. Min is very old and frail now and sadly not in the best of health, otherwise I would try to talk to her about it. She gave me her address and phone number and asked me to keep in touch when I met with her, but I am reluctant to given how vulnerable she now is. She had an excellent opinion of the Italian guys though and it sounds as though they are her natural successors as far as innovating nonsurgical treatments go.
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.