Are braces the best option for specific kinds of scoliosis? New results from a recent study have concluded that despite the wearing of a prescribed brace, patients still show that the risk factors for surgery have not decreased. This article outlines the percentages of patients that were at risk depending on their stage and provides commentary from Dr. Karol on the subject.
- Lori A. Karol, MD, and colleagues prospectively identified 168 patients who were prescribed brace wear for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
- According to researchers, 41.9% of patients at Risser stage 0 wore a brace greater than or equal to 12.9 hours per day and needed surgery
- Risser stage 0 patients should be prescribed a minimum of 18 hours of brace wear
“Investigators noted brace wear in patients at Risser stage 0 averaged 11.3 hours”