- 11.5 year-old female
- Initial Cobb angle(s) 12°/23°
- Risser 0
JP was first diagnosed with a mild lumbar scoliosis (measuring 23°) at age eleven. At the time, her Risser score was 0 and she was at high risk for progression. Local practitioners from her home state of Rhode Island recommended a Providence brace but her parents were interested in learning more about current treatment options for scoliosis and brought her to Scoliosis 3DC instead.
As we previously discussed on our site, bracing recommendations can vary when scoliosis reaches the higher end of the mild category. Given that JP had significant growth potential ahead of her and she was in the middle of a growth spurt, Dr. Moramarco outlined a conservative treatment approach. JP completed a 12-hour Schroth program (patients with more moderate/severe scoliosis typically do a 17-hour program) and was fit with a Cheneau-Gensingen brace.
Given her relatively close proximity to Massachusetts, JP follows up in our office about every 2 months or so. When J started outgrowing her brace she was fit with a second Cheneau-Gensingen brace, designed according to her curve pattern. J is making excellent progress!
It’s been about 18 months since coming under our care. Her Cobb angles now measure 11º, 8° and 7º. The proactive approach that JP’s parents took shows just how important it is to act fast when a mild scoliosis is first diagnosed or things aren’t going well in another scoliosis brace. While she still has considerable growth remaining (now Risser 1), we are optimistic that JP will have a great outcome if she stays the course with her program and brace.