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    Thanks for your input, mom of Anna. I am...

    Thanks for your input, mom of Anna. I am definitely feeling the burden of having to decide on the "right" treatment for my daughter when there's no guarantees. I don't have a lot of time to...
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    Thank you for your insights, skevimc. It is...

    Thank you for your insights, skevimc. It is encouraging to think there's no long-term damage to the muscles from bracing. I appreciate your input!
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    Thank you for sharing your experience, Mommycat....

    Thank you for sharing your experience, Mommycat. It's very helpful to hear what other people have been through. My daughter is finally sleeping in the brace, but we are finding it difficult for her...
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    Thank you all, I really do appreciate all the...

    Thank you all, I really do appreciate all the insights. I am feeling a little better about the bracing. I had thought along the "use it or lose it" theory as well, so I couldn't understand how...
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    @Pooka1, Thanks, probably a good idea. I used to...

    @Pooka1, Thanks, probably a good idea. I used to that when they were younger and their fevers wouldn't respond to just one.

    @Resilience, she did just have it trimmed to make it dig less into her...
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    Yes, thank you! We are fairly new to this...

    Yes, thank you! We are fairly new to this journey, so I appreciate all the experiences and perspectives I can get! :)
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    So it is assumed to be the muscles along the...

    So it is assumed to be the muscles along the spine? And can you tell me what "postural corrections" means? Thank you!
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    More Info on Muscle Atrophy, please

    I have noted some people commenting that they or their children have developed muscle atrophy associated with wearing a brace. Could someone give me a little more detail to better understand this...
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    Getting Better

    Hi all,

    Just thought I would update you all on my daughter's progress. She is currently on the wait list for VBS surgery at Shriner's, so she still must ramp up to the 23-hour/day brace wearing...
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    Thanks again for the info & support. I opted to...

    Thanks again for the info & support. I opted to go to Johns Hopkins because I thought they would have just as much state-of-the-art treatment as Shriner's in Philly, and JH is closer to us. I see...
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    Thanks so much! I didn't even know there was a...

    Thanks so much! I didn't even know there was a handbook available! I am planning to call the orthotist tomorrow to ask about the length of the brace. I understand it is supposed to encompass the...
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    Thanks for your encouraging words! I am still...

    Thanks for your encouraging words! I am still confused though, since I was under the impression that surgery was not an option until they have almost finished growing, and again only if her curve is...
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    Our doctor at Johns Hopkins said that they don't...

    Our doctor at Johns Hopkins said that they don't normally do surgery until it's about 50 degrees. I thought the cut off was 40, but apparently not. But IF her brace keeps her curves where they are...
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    I did ask the surgeon about a DNA saliva test at...

    I did ask the surgeon about a DNA saliva test at our first consultation, but he said in our case it was not helpful. I guess since my daughter's curve is already 33 on the bottom of the S, and her...
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    Tylenol makes sense, I guess, thanks! And no, I...

    Tylenol makes sense, I guess, thanks! And no, I guess I didn't since I don't really know what that is!
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    @scolio1964, I meant to ask, after 3 years, what...

    @scolio1964, I meant to ask, after 3 years, what effect did the brace have on your daughter's curve?
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    Thanks for your words of encouragement, Linda. I...

    Thanks for your words of encouragement, Linda. I hope it gets better soon. Inside, I feel so sad for my daughter.
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    Thanks very much for you reply. Yes, my daughter...

    Thanks very much for you reply. Yes, my daughter was given some sleeves to wear inside the brace. She is gradually working up to the 23 hours/day, so that is good, but I never expected her to be so...
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    New to bracing, and it's not going well :(

    I'm sorry if this thread is redundant, but there's so much info here that I can't zero in on my same situation. My daughter has an S curve, with the worst part being 33 degrees. She is 12 1/2 and...
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    Any update?

    Hi,
    My daughter is 12 and will be going to Hopkins soon to see Dr. Sponseller for an S curve. I'm sorry to see no one replied to this thread last year. Did you go through with treatment at Hopkins?...
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