Re: Anyone else braced at 13?
i wore a TLSO (boston brace) from when I was 14 until I was almost 17, and had surgery when I was 18. Whether or not your daughter subsequently needs surgery depends on a few different criteria and, at this point, it may be hard to tell. With my case, I think it was always a bit of a given, but my brace certainly helped - it slowed my progression (well, in my opinion - nobody will know for sure) and meant that I could afford to wait to have surgery, plus that when it did happen, my curves probably weren't as bad as they may have been.
Diagnosed in March 2001 by family GP after my mum noticed an asymmetry in my spine. Referred to a consultant at the RNOH, Stanmore and started attending consultations for x-rays twice a year. Prescribed a TLSO brace to be worn 16 hours per day. Began with double major curves at approx 48 degrees. Offered surgery in 2003 aged 16 and declined to continue with school. Requested surgery in 2005 instead. Had T11-L3 fused on 16th July 2005 and haven't looked back! Released for all activities in March 2006, having been driving and riding horses with consultant's permission since 7 weeks post op.