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New Scoliosis Brace

Today I got a new scoliosis brace- my fourth to date. I'm fortunate to have a rather low-profile back scoliosis brace (my third one) and in some ways, my fourth is more so. It hugs closer to my body and sticks out less because of it. However, my fourth is bulkier in...

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The Trouble with Plain White Tees

To non-brace-wearers, plain white tees seem to be a staple article of clothing in one's wardrobe. They're cute, versatile, and simple. They can be dressed up or dressed down. They are, put simply, quite the necessity. However, if your experience has been anything like...

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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.

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Mentality

Be confident and proud- the mental battle is the most important part.

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Clothes & Shopping

Shopping for the right clothes to conceal your brace and keep you comfortable and confident can be the hardest part about having a back brace. Hopefully these tips can help you find clothes that fit your style and your brace!

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What is Scoliosis

Scoliosis (sko-lee-O-sis) is a disorder in which there is a sideways curve of the spine, or backbone. Curves are often S-shaped or C-shaped. In most people, there is no known cause for this curve. This is known as idiopathic (id-ee-o-PATH-ik) scoliosis.

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5 Comments

  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 of trying to hide my back brace, 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,
    Madison
    https://goo.gl/forms/U5SYpi2AycAMyV323

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  2. Cori

    I got my brace about 4 months ago, and although things were difficult in the beginning, it’s become a lot easier. But now that it is summer, I am experiencing more discomfort with the brace. I am currently participating in a musical theater program and, during rehearsals, while I am onstage, I get hot easily and I am very uncomfortable. If someone has any ideas, that would be awesome.😊

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    • Madison

      Hi! I just got my brace four days ago, so I am in no way an expert. But I would suggest bringing a small fan or taking breaks to get cold water, regulating your temperature that way. Is it negotiable what you wear? If so, choose as light and flowy outfits as possible. If not, ask your theater teacher if you can have an alternative and explain your discomfort and ask him/her for advice.

      Wish you the best of luck!

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    • Madison

      Hi! I just got my brace four days ago, so I am in no way an expert. But I would suggest bringing a small fan or taking breaks to get cold water, regulating your temperature that way. Is it negotiable what you wear? If so, choose as light and flowy outfits as possible. If not, ask your theater teacher if you can have an alternative and explain your discomfort and ask him/her for advice.

      Wish you the best of luck!

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      • Scolio Maister

        Hey Madison! Congratulations on the new brace. It can feel uncomfortable at first, but with time your brace feels less awkward! Feel free to share about your experience so far or any thoughts you have. Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

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