Here's a data point... emphasis added

http://drlloydhey.blogspot.com/2013/...-from-hey.html

Today in clinic we were busy as usual, but had plenty of time to spend with each of our guests, including guests from Columbia, SC, Virginia Beach, VA and West Virginia. I actually spent over an hour with the mom and dad of one of our scoliosis patients who has a thoracolumbar curve of 34 degrees, which has been progressive. We had a really good long talk about the possible long-term affect of this particular curve type, especially because this patient also has about a 5 cm trunk shift to the side due to the scoliosis. The dad was not there for the initial visit, and he had lots of questions, and both parents were so glad for this time to learn more before their daughter comes back for her next follow-up xray in a few months. We talked through the choice for scoliosis bracing again with the pro's and con's, and I shared with them the latest clinical research data including Weinstein's recent randomized control trial (RCT), which showed some effect from bracing in some patients at least in the short-term. However, longer term follow-up studies are needed and there is still a "cost" to bracing in terms of the potential psychological/emotional and social effects of wearing a brace for 18+ hours per day for possibly several years. It is sometimes a good idea to get a second opinion when considering bracing, and to take the whole patient and family situation into account.
Compare and contrast this with the noise coming from the lay folks around here.

Expert, experienced comment... more than just a good idea when approaching the literature, especially "landmark" publications.