What is Scoliosis Bracing and How Effective is the Treatment?
Trapped inside a scoliosis brace for 16 hours a day over two years, young Leah LaRocco suffered both physical and emotional scars. Now, as she looks back at that time in her life, she calls the contraption a “modern-day straight jacket for teenage girls” and compares spinal braces to “medieval torture devices.”
“Wearing this shell … was a living nightmare for an introverted, active teen who played a sport and loved being outdoors,” she said. “The amazing thing is that, 20 years later, the treatment options for scoliosis remain the same: back brace or surgery.”
It’s a common misconception that bracing and surgery are the only ways to stop curve progression. In fact, clinical studies have raised significant doubt about the effectiveness of bracing as a scoliosis treatment. Yet doctors continue to fall back on this outdated treatment method year after year.