I have been doing a lot of research. There is a new bracing technique coming out of Montreal called Spinecor. Rather than a rigid brace, it is dyanmic and allows for free movement of the body. My 13 1/2 year old is being fitted for it at the end of this month - we will know within 4 months form then if it is going to work for her. It means being able to MOVE and to WEAR NORMAL CLOTHES! Much less emmotional stress and discomfort for the emmerging ego of an adolecent. Wish us luck and if you want to check it out, they have a web site www.biorthex.com.