When we first met Sophia and her family, we let them know we’ll try our best as usual. Her initial x-ray showed she was risser 2, indicating growth-guided correction was possible. However, even though we have seen multiple cases of curve regression due to brace wear, many result in preventing curve progression. With her curve, preventing progression may delay surgery but ultimately won’t help them avoid it. Sophia and her family expressed they were willing to do whatever it takes to avoid surgery.
Sophia’s dedication and determination was rewarded at her next appointment with her orthopedic surgeon. Her next out-of-brace x-ray, taken six months later, showed the thoracic curve had reduced to 41 degrees, and lumbar curve to 28 degrees. Another x-ray, taking 1 year after starting brace wear, showed the curves had remained the same, and Sophia was now risser 4.