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    Quote Originally Posted by burdle View Post
    I suggest you take a look at the Facebook sites. certainly not everyone who has VBT has a compensatory structural curve. When I was 30 I ONLY had a thoracic curve - my compensatory curve came 3 years after that.
    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 daughters had a non structural compensatory lumbar curve under their structual T curves that spontaneously corrected after surgery to match the correction in the T curve. One corrected so much that the surgeon told her she was one and done. The other not so much. There was one talk that showed how nonstructural compensatory lumbar curves come to match almost exactly the amount of correction in the T curve. That is why it is critical to correct T curves as much as possible so to save the lumbar. This is what Boachie said in that quote. In the talks I watched, fusion gets more correction than tethering and corrects more rotation. Tethered people have to be made aware of this issue. They are measuring the non structural compensatory L curves under structural T curves for a reason.

    Based on what you wrote, your lumbar became structuralized because your T curve was not straightened because you were sub surgical. That is exactly what I am talking about in terms of tethering being like no treatment if it doesn't straighten the non structural compensatory lumbar curve enough to avoid becoming structural as is what happened to you and that poor woman with a 30 degree T curve... you both were subsurgical so you had no way to avoid the lumbar becoming structural.
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