Hello,

My daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 7. She is now 13, and undergoing physical therapy 5 days a week, along with being braced full time. We have turned to bracing, along with "alternative" therapies over the last 6 years as a way to hopefully avoid surgery-even when it was advised by several orthopedists that we were making poor decisions.

I am also a writer, and am currently writing a piece on scoliosis and patients' and parents' experiences/stories with alternative therapies-even when the orthopedists advised against it. I am also interested in patients who have had surgery after trying alternative treatment that had failed. This piece is not going to be published, but rather will be used for graduate school. If I intend to publish it in the future, I would keep all privacy needed.

Ideally I am looking for stories/experiences from those living in the NYC area, but will welcome anyone willing to share.

Thank you so much.
B.Smith

I can also be reached at bas2101@columbia.edu