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The debate over whether using a spinal brace is an effective and acceptable way of preventing the progression of scoliosis in adolescence has gone on for decades. Historically, polio was the commonest cause, but now the great majority are adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), with no other pathology. Many have felt that the discomfort, inconvenience and cost of bracing were not worth it. A paper reports a multi-centre trial from the US and Canada (Weinstein S, et al. N Engl …
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