Prior to 2013, studies were mixed regarding the effectiveness of bracing when scoliosis was found at an early stage. However, a groundbreaking study led by Stuart Weinstein, MD of the University of Iowa found that wearing a back brace will slow the progression of scoliosis in adolescents. As a result, many adolescents can avoid painful surgery.
Led by State Rep. Tom Oliverson, MD, the 2017 Texas Legislature became the first state legislature to create new scoliosis screening standards in schools to reflect the 2013 study. Rep. Oliverson’s legislation directed Texas schools to screen adolescents at earlier ages so that the scoliosis can be found early enough to be treated with bracing.
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