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Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Scoliosis bracing

This patient is a 14-year-old girl who first saw Dr. Vitale when she was 11 years old. At the time, her thoracic curve was 20 degrees, and the lumbar curve was 33 degrees. Due to being skeletally immature with a curve between 25 and 45 degrees, Dr. Vitale opted to treat her with full time scoliosis bracing. She wore a NYRC brace. For three years, she wore her brace for about 16–18 hours per day and her curve decreased to 7 degrees thoracic and 11 degrees lumbar!

You can see her compliance chart, above, that is tracked by a compliance monitor that goes in the NYRC braces. (Place your mouse on top of slide show image to stop the slide show for longer viewing.) Given that she is now skeletally mature, she can graduate from brace wear!