A new study has found that adolescents suffering from most common form of scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, can benefit from wearing a back brace.
The study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, involved around 242 patients from 25 sites across the United States and Canada. All of the participants were between 10 and 15 years of age and had a spinal curvature of 20 to 40 degrees.
The researchers randomized around 116 patients for observation or bracing for at least 18 hours a day, and because too few families agreed to randomization, around 126 children were recruited who chose for themselves between bracing and observation.
The study is published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.