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Thread: Serial Casting - infantile scoliosis

  1. #16
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    Gerbo,

    I really don't know I'm sooooo thankful Dr. Hedden did.

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    From what I've heard, many doctors who are unfamiliar with serial casting think that it sounds "barbaric" to put a child in a body cast for months/years on end.

    This view is utter rubbish - surely it's far more barbaric to "watch and wait" whilst a little child grows more and more deformed, and then have to put it through surgery.

    Casting has been used to hold curves (and more recently, to correct them too) for at least 40 years here in the UK. I wore body casts from the age of 6 months until I was 10 years old and didn't have any major issues with them. They were an annoyance rather than something that caused me distress. If I had a child with scoliosis I wouldn't hesitate to have her put into casts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonibunny
    From what I've heard, many doctors who are unfamiliar with serial casting think that it sounds "barbaric" to put a child in a body cast for months/years on end.

    This view is utter rubbish - surely it's far more barbaric to "watch and wait" whilst a little child grows more and more deformed, and then have to put it through surgery.

    Toni,

    I couldn't agree with you more ! Dr. Edgar did such a fantastic job looking after you and today you look amazing. I'm going to try to get one of the pictures to show up a little better so everyone can see the difference between the very first x-ray and now. It's almost miraculous considering she had a 60 degree curve at the age of 19 months. Oh....she also scratches like crazy as soon as the spinecor brace comes off. She managed to scratch THAT much within 5 minutes of the brace coming off.



    http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e2...Picture144.jpg
    http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e2...Picture133.jpg
    Last edited by Celia; 03-02-2006 at 11:07 AM.

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    We got back from our Montreal Trip last week and it was lovely!!! Have I mentioned that I *love* Dr. Rivard and Dr. Coillard - they are the nicest people/doctors in the world!!!! Without further ado.... here is Deirdre's latest x-ray as of March 2007. She has been wearing the Spinecor brace for 16 months. I am beginning see a light at the end of this tunnel

    http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e2...rdre200703.jpg
    http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e2...004_edited.jpg


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    Daughter, Deirdre born Oct 2000. Diagnosed with 60 degree curve at the age of 19 months. Serial casting by Dr. Hedden at Sick Kid's Hospital. Currently being treated by Dr. Rivard and Dr. Coillard in Montreal with the Spinecor brace and curve is holding at "2" degrees. Next appointment 2008

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    Hi everyone

    Here are Dierdre's X rays from Celia

    After serial casting and Spinecor. I myself am just amazed at the results!!

    March 2008
    http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e2...rdre032008.jpg

    May 2002
    http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e2...firstx-ray.jpg
    from CT, USA
    6 year old daughter diagnosed 7/06 33* T9

    Spinecor 8/06 - 8/2012
    8/06 11* 3/07 5*-8/07 8*-2/08 3*
    10/08 1* 4/09 Still holding @ 1*
    10/09 11* OOB 4/10 Negative 6*
    10/2011 Neg.11* IB 11yrs old 0 rotation
    4/2012 12* OOB 0 rotation
    8/2012 18* OOB for 2 weeks. TSLO night time
    2/2013 8* OOB 3 days TSLO nightime
    3/2014 8* Out of Brace permanently

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