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    You're the only one who knows how much pain you...

    You're the only one who knows how much pain you have and who can therefore make the decision to have surgery. I always tell people to think of whether they can live with their current...
  2. I've also known many teens who had excellent in...

    I've also known many teens who had excellent in brace correction, and who after maturity, had their curves return.
  3. I think that's totally untrue with adults (and...

    I think that's totally untrue with adults (and probably with most teens). Ask anyone who has had a broken rod prior to full fusion. Their curves usually return, especially if the implants are...
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    Not that I've read.

    Not that I've read.
  5. As concerneddad says, discectomies do not require...

    As concerneddad says, discectomies do not require fusion. However, it makes no sense to me, to do a discectomy without fusion and implants in a mature adult. Movement (which is a given in...
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    Hi Billy... As far as I know, there has never...

    Hi Billy...

    As far as I know, there has never been such a study. It's really difficult to do long-term studies, especially when they involve closely tracking things like exercise programs.

    I'm...
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    You should ask your surgeon. If you're at least...

    You should ask your surgeon. If you're at least 6 months postop and your fusion is solid, it's unlikely that sit-ups will cause any implant issues. But, it seems to me that you might cause soft...
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    Sharon... What makes you think we lost Dustin?...

    Sharon...

    What makes you think we lost Dustin?

    --Linda
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    Yup, donít do that (sit-ups). Slip in shoes...

    Yup, donít do that (sit-ups).

    Slip in shoes would be a disaster for me. I canít keep my feet in them, in the best of times.
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    Thanks Dr. Sharon! Your contributions have been...

    Thanks Dr. Sharon! Your contributions have been incredibly important in terms of keeping me sane.
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    Thanks Dr. Ed! --Dr. Linda

    Thanks Dr. Ed!
    --Dr. Linda
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    Ed.... If an orthopaedist practices in the...

    Ed.... If an orthopaedist practices in the sticks, one hopes that they'd be intelligent enough, if they noticed anything suspicious, to refer the child to a medical university practice. At UCSF,...
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    Just an FYI... this varies by surgeon. For my...

    Just an FYI... this varies by surgeon. For my second set of surgeries, I was allowed to shower as soon as I went home. For my surgeon, it depends on the type of closure and how the wound looks.
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    I used a shower stool, with a handheld shower...

    I used a shower stool, with a handheld shower head, after both of my surgeries. If you put the stool in front of the controls, the handheld shower head can be held at the necessary height.

    You'll...
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    Hi Tina... I'm not sure, but I don't think...

    Hi Tina...

    I'm not sure, but I don't think that minimally invasive spine surgeries are less expensive than open spine surgeries. The minimally invasive implants are probably a bit more expensive...
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    Nancy... Don't be too freaked out by the MRI...

    Nancy... Don't be too freaked out by the MRI report. If you looked at a bunch of MRI reports for people in your age group, they actually would be relatively similar to your report. Degenerative...
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    Ed... I think most experienced deformity...

    Ed...

    I think most experienced deformity specialists send kids for thorough workups when there is something of suspicion (e.g., left thoracic curves, unusual height measurement, cafe au lait...
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    I predict that Dr. Boachie will not get involved...

    I predict that Dr. Boachie will not get involved in the debate. He's unlikely to say anything negative about chiropractors, as he is always very tactful. For the most part, that's true of most of...
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    Before I ever got involved with running a support...

    Before I ever got involved with running a support group or moderating forums, I met a teenager in northern California, who had a curve well over 100 degrees. She was as deformed as the typical Dr....
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    Nope, the chiropractor was Katie Britton and she...

    Nope, the chiropractor was Katie Britton and she ended up deleting all of her posts before leaving the forum.

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showthread.php?2978-Wow-10-000
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    Again, not positive, but I don't think that's...

    Again, not positive, but I don't think that's her.

    And, thanks, I just got PTSD just from being reminded of mamamax. ;-)
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    I think it was a female chiropractor, but I could...

    I think it was a female chiropractor, but I could be wrong. I remember that she was in Kansas City, because I think I had gotten Marc Asher to agree to see the patient. Wish I hadn't given up my...
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    Maybe Ed will remember. I may be...

    Maybe Ed will remember.

    I may be misremembering, but I think we had $ bet on it. The person who was debating this with me was a chiropractor, but I don't remember which one.
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    I would actually add some physical therapists to...

    I would actually add some physical therapists to the list, although only in conjunction with #1. And, I would also add that I don't think it's appropriate for an orthotist to treat a patient unless...
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    Do you remember, from many years ago, someone who...

    Do you remember, from many years ago, someone who was going to send me radiographs to be authenticated and measured by a professional, and who strung us along for quite awhile, before eventually...
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