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Discomfort & Pain

Physically, the brace can be taxing. Here are a few tips that may help your body adjust, or help you avoid unnecessary pains.

  1. Wearing a cami or tank top underneath your brace helps avoid scarring or bruising that the brace may cause. If your brace pushes on the wires of the cami and cause discomfort, try wearing something made of a stocking material with no wires.
  2. If you experience extended pain/discomfort, take your brace off for a few minutes to rest before putting it back on. Easing yourself into wearing it for longer periods of time allows your body to adjust to it easier.
  3. In regards to Tip 2 above, the same can be done at school. Just go to the bathroom and take it off for a little while before putting it back on and returning to class.
  4. Avoid belts if you can- they can press into your skin because of the brace and cause a lot of pain.
  5. The more you wear your brace, the more your body adjusts to it and the less discomfort it will cause. Avoiding wearing it will do nothing but harm.


  1. Madison

    My high school offers a pre-engineering program which focuses on preparing students like me to excel in math, science, and engineering careers. As a final project in that program, I am required to find, justify, design, and test a uniquely individual research project. This project, when complete, will be presented at an open night for our engineering program. Because of my rough experiences with pain and discomfort from back braces, I decided to design and build a new and innovative back brace. The primary purpose of my project is to create a more flexible, comfortable, and concealable back brace for scoliosis.
    For part of the project, we need to conduct market research. So, I was hoping you could take a little time out of your day to fill out a brief survey and share it with former and current brace users you know.
    Thank you,

  2. Cori

    I just want to say that if you wear a tank top or a noodle strap or something like that, wear it inside out! When the seams are on the outside, you don’t get scarred! I have special cotton shirts, which are LIFESAVERS!


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