Bracing Changed Annie’s Life

Success Stories:

Our daughter, Annie, was just three years old when our pediatrician detected a curve in her back. We had taken her to see the doctor for a routine sick check and when he lifted up her shirt to listen to her lungs, he visibly saw the curve in her back. That day, we were sent off to get X-rays.

Annie’s first X-Ray and her recent X-ray (after bracing). Her curves have decreased 15 degrees.

The X-rays revealed a significant curve and we knew something had to be done. After seeing the pediatric orthopedist, it was determined that Annie had early onset scoliosis and needed to be braced. I was also told to look in to Schroth Physical Therapy [and later bracing]. Upon meeting Downey Hinrichs, a Schroth Physical Therapist, we were introduced to Luke Stikeleather, Chief Certified Orthotist at National Scoliosis Center. Luke agreed to take Annie on as a patient and she was fitted for a Rigo Cheneau brace, which has changed her life. Looking back, I realize how differently this could have ended had our pediatrician not detected the scoliosis.

We are grateful to National Scoliosis Center for their guidance, positivity, and dedication to helping every child that walks through their doors.

Annie, 10 years old, helping Luke make her new brace.

Now, Annie is 10 years old and has been through many braces as she has grown — Luke and his team at National Scoliosis Center have been wonderful to work with and I cannot thank them enough for caring for our Annie. As you can see from the photos, Annie’s curves look much better now. Although she has a few more braces ahead of her before she is done growing, we know she is in good hands and that she has an excellent outlook and treatment plan.  We are grateful to National Scoliosis Center for their guidance, positivity, and dedication to helping every child that walks through their doors.

-Meghan O’Brien, Annie’s Mom