My name is Andrea, and I am 44 years old. I am a professional singer and voice teacher who was diagnosed with Scheuermann’s Kyphosis when I was thirteen years old. I was already doing lots of performing at this age. I had been criticized in auditions and told that I needed to stand straighter for several years prior to my diagnosis. Of course, I wasn’t able to do this, and once I was diagnosed, I finally knew why. My curvature was around sixty degrees. I was treated with a Milwaukee back brace. I wore my brace twenty-three hours per day for about one-and-a-half years. I was only to take it off to shower and do my back exercises, and I followed this advice. Next, I wore the brace at night for another year. Now, I have excellent posture, and no one ever tells me to stand up straight anymore. I never “cheated” on how much I wore the brace because I really wanted my back to be fixed, and it was! It is!
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