It would help if they didn't destroy our initial radiographs. That's the most ignorant policy I've ever heard of with people with scoliosis. I could see throwing away a film of someone's broken foot, but these films are very important and useful. I was VERY upset when I found out my original films were destroyed. Now there's absoluely NOTHING to compare. Otherwise, I'm sure they'd be able to get many people at 4+ decades. It's hard to believe the ignorance of hospitals sometimes. I think another problem here, though, is that older people (>40 years) may progress simply due to the start and rapid progression of degenerative changes. I can't imagine that the wear and tear of a normal spine would compare to that of a scoliotic one. There's just too much stress on the apices of the curves over time. So I don't know how useful adult curve progression studies would be. I'm sure you'll correct me if I'm wrong. I say this based on what makes sense to me.
Originally Posted by LindaRacine
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