Re: Newly diagnosed son. Questions on bracing
Kyphosis doesn't always act the same way that other spinal curves (like scoliosis) do. One thing that's different is that it doesn't always have that big increase during the growth spurt. The other difference is that some studies have shown curves reducing with braces. So, in some ways, it's a better diagnosis than scoliosis.
The hard part, IMO, is that kyphosis just seems like it's harder emotionally on these kids. My son has both kinds of curves (scoliosis and kyphosis) but it's the kyphosis you can see. The scoliosis just gives his neck a slight slant to the left, but the kyphosis is pretty obvious both from the back and from one side. As he's gotten older, that's become less important to him, but it is something that affects him to some extent.
Let us know how the Shriner's appointment goes, and best of luck to both of you.