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  1. I don't want to get too far off the topic of...

    I don't want to get too far off the topic of Shriners taking blood money from animal abuse but it has to stop. I am trying to help get this word out. Shriners is a good organization that has helped...
  2. Thanks for that post, Ed. Well said. I...

    Thanks for that post, Ed. Well said.

    I support Wildlife SOS based in India. These guys think BIG. They didn't just want to save some dancing bears in India (a cruel thing used by very poor...
  3. Shriners Circus won't perform in Pittsburgh!!!

    https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2019/06/13/shriners-circus-not-performing-in-pittsburgh/?fbclid=IwAR3K5Y4CaJighN-q750_2_RCKUkHjVsK7FEnZUzIAno6nvpdZPTEgMuVB2c





    Shriners will lose $150,000...
  4. Thread: My niece

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    I think I found the point of confusion... you are...

    I think I found the point of confusion... you are using compensatory curve to mean a structural curve that was previously non structural. I am using it to mean a non structural curve. Both my...
  5. PSA... this is the Facebook tethering group... ...

    PSA... this is the Facebook tethering group...

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/ScoliosisTethering/

    There are a bunch of ones with "tethering" in the name but they are run by chiros who are not...
  6. Thread: My niece

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    How EXACTLY is ASC different than tethering? It...

    How EXACTLY is ASC different than tethering? It looks and sounds like the same based on this page with the exception of surgical access point.
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  7. 8 year results on tethering to be presented at the SRS meeting in September

    I am reluctant to post about vertebral body tethering because I think people should go to the Facebook page on it (not the chiro pages) but Braun is going to present some "long-term" (8 year) results...
  8. Thread: My niece

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    I actually did laugh out loud at this! Although...

    I actually did laugh out loud at this! Although it isn't technically funny.

    My husband goes to the DR several times a year on business and often stays at resorts on the weekends. I told him to...
  9. Thread: My niece

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    I can't look at the FB site because it is closed...

    I can't look at the FB site because it is closed and I have no reason to join. Instead I read Spine articles, read SRS and IMAST and POSNA abstracts, and watch recorded meeting presentations.
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  10. Thread: My niece

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    Forgot to address this. "Newton is...

    Forgot to address this.

    "Newton is completely impartial regarding VBT now- ( motives not known)"

    i don't understand what you are saying here. Motives??? His motive is trying to help kids...
  11. Thread: My niece

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    It seems like this is really trying to thread a...

    It seems like this is really trying to thread a needle by getting a kid with just the right amount of growth left... too much and there is over-correction. Too little and it will not work. That is...
  12. Thread: My niece

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    If it has got to be better than fusion then why...

    If it has got to be better than fusion then why are they studying it and why is fusion still the gold standard? It sounds like it will pan out for a small minority of kids but we won't know that for...
  13. Thread: My niece

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    As far as I know, functional and compensatory are...

    As far as I know, functional and compensatory are entirely synonymous.

    Tethering does not generally straighten the non structural lumbar as much as fusion. That is why they are measuring the non...
  14. Thread: My niece

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    Hey Ed, I totally agree. These tethering kids...

    Hey Ed, I totally agree. These tethering kids are in uncharted territory. Those surgeons giving talks continued to say fusion was still the gold standard. Newton is turning away 4 out of 5...
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    Hey Kara, Thanks for contributing to the...

    Hey Kara,

    Thanks for contributing to the forum. Your experience will help other people know what to expect.

    Sharon
  16. Thread: My niece

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    They don't talk in terms of chrono age. They...

    They don't talk in terms of chrono age. They talk in terms of amount of growth left as far as I can tell.

    It seems like many kids will simply miss the window. I get the distinct impression that...
  17. Thread: My niece

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    In re complication rate, I think Newton was...

    In re complication rate, I think Newton was saying about 40% IIRC and I may not. Another guy had a much lower complication rate though.

    In re needing to fuse after failed tethering, think one guy...
  18. Thread: My niece

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    I watched all the IMAST and SRS talks from the...

    I watched all the IMAST and SRS talks from the meetings last year on tethering plus a few others on other subjects.

    Here are some things I recall from those talks...

    Newton says he turns away 4...
  19. Thread: My niece

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    If you listen to those tethering talk, several of...

    If you listen to those tethering talk, several of the studies explicitly track how much decrease is happening in the compensatory lumbar curve. There must be some reason they are tracking that. It...
  20. Thread: My niece

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    https://srs.gmetonline.com/PresentationSearch.aspx...

    https://srs.gmetonline.com/PresentationSearch.aspx?subscriptionpackageid=12&reload=1

    I looked at the last two talks at random.

    The correction of the functional lumbar curve under the tether...
  21. Thread: My niece

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    This is why I called tethering a deal breaker if...

    This is why I called tethering a deal breaker if it didn't also address the residual functional/compensatory curve in the lumbar as per your original comment. If compensatory lumbar curves can...
  22. Thread: My niece

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    I think most if not all T scolioses come with a...

    I think most if not all T scolioses come with a compensatory lumbar curve as the spine strives to maintain balance. That is not a structural curve and will disappear some/mostly/completely as the T...
  23. Thread: My niece

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    As I understand this issue and I may not, the key...

    As I understand this issue and I may not, the key to avoiding structuralization of a non-structural lumbar curve under a fusion is to drive as much straightness as possible by straightening the...
  24. Thread: My niece

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    But don't the ABC doctors do ASC on kids?

    But don't the ABC doctors do ASC on kids?
  25. Thread: My niece

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    Having a tethered thorax where the lumbar is not...

    Having a tethered thorax where the lumbar is not driven straight is not protective of the lumbar if protection depends on a straight lumbar which is what is claimed. What is protective is having a...
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