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    Some tips from a seasoned brace-wearer

    Hey Zoe!
    I wore a brace for over 5 years (first a Boston, then a Cheneau), so I have a few tips up my sleeve :)

    1. Pillows are your best friend at night. Use them to try to get more comfortable...
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    Physical Therapy

    So I never went to a chiropractor but I was trained in the Schroth method of Physical Therapy. Its benefits of curve reduction are as yet unknown and unverified but as a patient who did the exercises...
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    haha

    yea, you wouldn't believe how many times I got that question. Like, no of course its not bulletproof, its PLASTIC you dummies. seriously, sheesh. Although it does work nicely against air soft...
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    Re: school

    I feel like I'm harping a bit, but if your doctor said you should wear it every day to school then you really should. He's wanting those 5 days a week and one half day every week is not gonna do...
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    Some advice from a seasoned vetran

    Hey!
    So, I'm an 18 year old who wore a brace for over 5 years. I wore a cheneau for most of that, but wore a Boston for a little under a year. so here's some tricks:

    1. Clothes: babydoll tops...
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    hang in there

    nippybetta:
    I'm not gonna sugar coat and say that eventually the brace feels fine, perfect, whatever. but i will say this: you get used to it. it does begin to feel normal. it becomes a part of...
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    hey all!

    Hey everyone. So I wore a Cheneau so can't comment on the spinecor issues, but as far as getting annoyed by wearing the brace I have a few suggestions.
    1. Braces are obnoxious, annoying, sometimes...
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    X-Rays

    The first thing you should have Luke do is remeasure the Xray. Once, my surgeon told me that my curves went up 10 degrees, bringing them to a near surgical level. We immediately flew out to see Luke,...
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    scoli patient w/ boyfriend...

    Hey!
    So I am a former brace wearer who has a boyfriend. granted I was never braced while we have been datin, but I don't think you have anything to worry about. My boyfriend is completely supportive...
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    Advice from a teen...

    So, I have some advice coming from someone whose been through bracing.
    1. Don't let her see how concerned you are. there were points in my treatment where things didn't look so good. My parents put...
  11. Moral Support

    Hey Everyone!
    I totally know what you all are going through! I was diagnosed at age 11 and braced at age 12. I wore a brace for over 5 years, and let me say its not easy. Scoliosis sucks. Plain and...
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    Congrats!

    It feels awesome! I know exactly how excited you and your daughter are. Its the best feeling in the world isnt it?
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    Compliance -

    Hey! I just have a comment on compliance, now to be honest, I didn't go through and read the entire 4 pages of comments on this, but a few observations from a former brace-wearer. firstly, I was 100%...
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    I actually have a double major curve, T25 L17....

    I actually have a double major curve, T25 L17. And looking, back the 5 years seems like a long time. But while actually braced, it didn't feel like it!
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    Hang in there girrrrrl!

    Heyy!
    So, I hate to sound discouraging, but if you're only 12, it may be a little while before you get your brace off :(
    I wore my brace starting when I was almost 11, up until I was almost 17. so...
  16. Rigo VS Boston

    Oh dear, where to begin!
    well first off, I would definintely have had surgery with the Boston brace, now keep in mind that this is specific to my curves and may not always be the case. I was...
  17. casting...

    I was not casted for my boston brace, but was for my 3 cheneau braces and i really feel that the casting process makes a better brace. I actually really enjoyed getting casted, I don't know if that...
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    haha i totally tried to convince my parents to...

    haha i totally tried to convince my parents to get me one and so did my grade school principal! they wouldn't get me one! I didn't have trouble sleeping or anything, but man a memory foam mattress...
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    email

    Hey, can you post her e-mail address?
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    Cheneau Brace Wearer Success Story

    I wore a Boston Brace for about a year. In the Boston Brace my curves went up to around 38 degrees. Surgery was discussed. At this time I was being trained in the Schroth method by Dr. Manuel Rigo....
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    teenage solidarity!

    i think its funny how many adults post around in the section labeled "adolescent and teen patients (under 18)" I wish there was more space on this forum that parents didn't take over! i agree, that...
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    Schroth

    So, schroth may have saved my back. in conjunction with the Cheneau brace it worked wonders. I went from my curve prorgressing rapidly to it actually decreasing. Now, I know nothing about the...
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    heyy all, so, sleeping in the brace isn't that...

    heyy all,
    so, sleeping in the brace isn't that bad. once you get used to it, its not even noticeable. but, for the first few nights my orthopedic surgeon told me to go to sleep with it on, and if I...
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    Wear your brace

    not wearing your brace for one month can be EXTREMELY dangerous, depending on where you are in your growth. make an appointment with your orthotist to see if the brace needs readusting, but in the...
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    lots of advice for you...

    Okay since its your BIG DAY tomorrow, here's some friendly advice
    1. tomorrow is going to be painful, physically and emotionally. Don't freak out the first time your brace is put on. it HURTS - a...
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