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Will I need surgery?

juliameowjjuliameow Posts: 1
edited 09/30/2015 - 4:55 AM in Scoliosis
i am a 14 year old girl who has not had her period yet and i was diagnosed with scoliosis around march 2015, when i was 13 years old. my curves we not bad and my top curve was 21 and my bottom was only 11. i was treated with observation. the next time i came in june or july (14 yrs) my curves were 28 and 21. 2 weeks later they gave me the brace they made for me and my prescribed time was 16 hours a day (is that a good amount?) i have been wearing the brace everyday, will i need surgery in the future? do you guys think that my curve will still progress a lot? and will the brace be able to prevent it from getting worse? thank you so much. i really don't want surgery because i am a competitive runner.
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--- ron dilauro, spine-health system moderator : 09/30/15 10:55est



  • Most of us that wore the brace around that age, can tell you that the brace didn't "fix" it, and surgery was the next step. I'm not on top of the things they do these days, wasn't even sure they still used the braces! I wore it for several years while I was preteen...but usually (or back in the day) they liked to do the surgeries around your current age. They like to fuse it before it grows worse, the smaller the curve, the less traumatic it is for the body and the body is much more pliable at your age. From my own experience, the surgery was successful, and recovery was easy. I was not limited in any childhood activities, and had a very normal youth! I couldn't even tell I was fused except for the obvious straight back!
    Skip forward to later, I do wish I would have taken more care to protect my spine!! So if you do get to that point...I would let us know on here, to give you a little more feed back in that area! You only have one back, and it must last you a long time!! And also remember.....The people with success don't come here on a pain forum! Many people never have any issues...but being on here can help you prepare and try to avoid some issues!! :))) Please keep us updated....It's very important to keep a strong core, and stretch a lot, and wear that brace all the time...otherwise it can't help!!
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