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    Bracing and skin?

    Hi im wearing a boston brace for 23hr a day but I have a 53* thoratic curve u have lots of bruises from the brace(gee I wonder why....) and the skin on one of the brusies broke like there's pink flesh showing yes it hurts it's like raw skin going agains plastic (yes I do wear an undershirts) I don't think this is normal I'm 47* in a brace I want your opinion about this

    Thx in advance,
    Kat
    "You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have."~Bob Marley

    “There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.”~Harry Crews

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    Pre-op curve: 64*
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    Hi Kat,

    I know this is the under-18 section, so I hope it is ok for me to post.

    Your brace is doing absolutely nothing at all for your curve, so you are getting skin breakdown and bruising for no reason at all, in other words, you are being tortured with no hope for improvement. I am so sorry that you are being forced to endure this, as it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Your curve is way too big for a brace, and the brace itself is not offering any correction. What does your doctor say about this situation? Would it be possible to talk some sense into your parents for making you endure pain and discomfort for absolutely no reason at all? It is cruel.

    You must be a very strong person to put up with this without complaining. Please try to talk about this with your doctor and your parents. You should not have to wear the brace. It is not helping you.

    The raw spots will toughen up over time, but in the meanwhile, change undershirts at least twice per day, shower every day and wipe the inside of the brace down daily with rubbing alcohol to clean it. Let the raw spots have some time out of the brace to heal, otherwise they will continue to get worse and could become infected. Do not put lotion on them--maybe some corn starch before putting on the brace.

    Take care,
    Gayle, age 50
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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    The only reason it isn't malpractice is because the parent went quack hunting and found a "winner." I am sure the surgeon would be vehemently against this nonsense. This takes the statement, "Bracing is for parents" to operatic levels.

    Kat, stay strong. Parents are not perfect. They make mistakes. This one is a huge mistake on your mother's part.

    Ignorance on the wing. I blame the general atmosphere of the war on science for nonsense like this. We as a nation can't afford to be clueless, especially at the expense of innocent children.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pooka1 View Post
    The only reason it isn't malpractice is because the parent went quack hunting and found a "winner." I am sure the surgeon would be vehemently against this nonsense. This takes the statement, "Bracing is for parents" to operatic levels.

    Kat, stay strong. Parents are not perfect. They make mistakes. This one is a huge mistake on your mother's part.

    Ignorance on the wing. I blame the general atmosphere of the war on science for nonsense like this. We as a nation can't afford to be clueless, especially at the expense of innocent children.

    That's what my parents always tell me *my name* stay strong
    They tell me it never hurts to try T_T
    They tell me if the brace doesn't work it's ok bcuz at least I tried n I'll never feel guilty

    Hey bracing is for the parents not the kids lol
    "You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have."~Bob Marley

    “There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.”~Harry Crews

    3+ years post op
    Fused T4-L1
    Pre-op curve: 64*
    Now no more than 15*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat3573 View Post
    Hey bracing is for the parents not the kids lol
    Some surgeons say that about ALL bracing, not just malpractice-level bracing like you are being tortured with. That's what makes your case so over the line, beyond the pale, atheism-inducing, etc. etc.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine


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