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Ballet Mom
05-16-2013, 10:20 PM
Here's a pretty good article regarding treatment options for AIS.

Three interesting items:

1. "Munish Gupta, an orthopedic surgeon at Shriners who provides brace adjustments and advice on improving her balance and flexibility in sports, acknowledges that bracing's effectiveness is still being studied. But, he says, in 20 years of practice his patients have done well with it, avoiding progression in curvature and invasive spinal-fusion surgery."


2. It's sad that only 18 states are checking for scoliosis anymore. That's a shame. That's where this anti-bracing business gets everyone. Curves discovered after it's too late for anything but fusion surgery. Tsk, tsk.


3. Also, they discuss tethering with Dr. Newton at Rady in San Diego and apparently they remove the tether after growth. So that's definitely a bonus. There have only been twenty cases as of this article last year, so it'll be interesting when they put together some study results.

4. Oh wait, four things, lol. A quote from JOB:

"At this point, we still don't know who is going to get scoliosis, why they get it, whether it is going to progress, or how it will progress," says Joseph O'Brien, president of the nonprofit National Scoliosis Foundation.



http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304791704577418444255480500.html

Ballet Mom
05-16-2013, 10:42 PM
Here's a video that was on WSJ video regarding scoliosis treatments also.

http://live.wsj.com/video/new-treatments-for-scoliosis/117A7D5C-AC9E-4D42-AA87-4C496BFC87C8.html#!117A7D5C-AC9E-4D42-AA87-4C496BFC87C8

flerc
05-19-2013, 11:17 AM
Great post Ballet Moon!

Susie*Bee
05-19-2013, 01:31 PM
Thanks for sharing! The article was interesting.

Dingo
08-12-2013, 10:43 PM
"At this point, we still don't know who is going to get scoliosis, why they get it, whether it is going to progress, or how it will progress," says Joseph O'Brien, president of the nonprofit National Scoliosis Foundation.

That quote from Joe O'Brien is gold.

Before Scott was diagnosed with Scoliosis Joe's statement would have surprised me. But after thousands of hours of reading I now realize that most mental/physical diseases are poorly understood.

Scoliosis, Lupus, Schizophrenia, Autism, Cancer, etc. etc. etc. Most of the time their cause is a mystery.

leahdragonfly
08-13-2013, 12:18 PM
Hi Ballet Mom,

interesting, thanks.

I am in contact with several moms of children tethered by Dr Newton and they were told the tether is not removed. Perhaps it is like vertebral staples, when those first came into use over 10 years ago the early plan was to remove them at the end of growth, but that is now not recommended. I don't think anyone would look forward to a second surgery to remove the fusionless hardware if it was not necessary.

mariaf
08-19-2013, 11:12 PM
That is my understanding as well - that barring any unexpected problems, the tethers would remain in place.