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  • #583
    Scolios-us
    Keymaster

    Expert bracers, we want you! If you have any advice that you wish you knew when you first started bracing, let us know here!

    #615
    Gwen
    Participant

    My name is Gwen, and I have been wearing a Brace for 5 years. I am a total pro now! I had a tethered spinal cord, and after I had surgery to fix that, I got my first brace. I am 9 years old now, and wearing my third brace (you have to get new ones as you grow).

    If you are new with the brace, do not make a huge deal about it. Sometimes, I forget I am even wearing my Brace. If anything, it feels weird the first week or so, but it’s just because your body is getting used to the Brace.

    It helps to make friends with the school nurse. My mom and I had a meeting with the school nurse before I started school. That way, when things were quiet, we could show her how I put it on and what to do if I get a sore spot, or something. After 4 years visiting my school nurse everyday, we are great pals, now!

    Clothes:
    The clothes I like the most are lularoe leggings or target leggings.
    Long shirts or hoodies are good, because if your pants slip down a little, then no one sees your business.
    Always have pants that are a tiny bit tight with your Brace on so,when you have when your Brace off(for example, gym class or playing outside after school) the pants don’t fall down because that would be embarassing!

    I am hoping to hear from other people that wear a brace, because I am the only one that I know.

    #616
    Scolios-us
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the post, Gwen! That’s great advice for anybody wearing a brace. As Scolios-us continues to grow, we hope you are able to connect with bracers just like you!

    #855
    Ashlee Johnson
    Participant

    I no longer wear a back brace but my name is Ashlee I actually have a blog on this site so check that out I have tips there but here’s 1 tip that is good for hot places put your brace in the freezer for about 30 mins to get it cool so your not sweating

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