Early Onset Scoliosis

From time to time, the National Scoliosis Foundation receives questions from parents about early onset or infantile scoliosis. To find out more about this spinal abnormality, we asked Nancy Schommer, author of Stopping Scoliosis, to interview Dr. Ronald Moskovich, who is Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at New York University as well as a practicing specialist in spinal disorders at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute in New York City. What follows are excerpts from the interview.

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Chiropractic

The word “chiropractic” is a compilation of two Greek words which are interpreted to mean “efficient hands”. In 1898 David Daniel Palmer, the originator of chiropractic, set up the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Today, there are fifteen accredited institutions and programs in the US offering the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree.
Following is an explanation of the nature, practice, and basic theories of chiropractic as defined by the Council of Chiropractic Education, and the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society.

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Throughout history man has tried to straighten out that which nature has bent, twisted, or curved. Hippocrates not only gave a name to scoliosis but he also tried to correct it. Over the centuries since then physicians have used a wide, and sometimes strange, variety of devices to straighten a crooked spine.
In today’s world when a growing adolescent is diagnosed with progressive idiopathic scoliosis and the curve is between 25 and 40 degrees, the physician will prescribe the wearing of a brace to keep the curve from worsening. Depending on the severity of the curve, the curve pattern, and the amount of growth remaining, the physician may not wait to document progression but will prescribe bracing on the initial visit.

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Answers to Questions About Mild Curves

Every year, the National Scoliosis Foundation receives letters and telephone calls from parents of young people who have been told they have a “mild” curvature of the spine. They are concerned and confused. They have been told that treatment is not presently necessary but may be in the future. Parents ask us, “are we to just stand by and watch our child become deformed?” To find out more about such curves, we interviewed Dr. William P. Bunnell, Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California.

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Adult Scoliosis

by Nancy Schommer, author of Stopping Scoliosis

Because so many adults have contacted the NSF, we asked Nancy Schommer, author of Stopping Scoliosis, to provide us with an update about adult scoliosis. In the course of her research, she interviewed Dr. David B. Levine, Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Cornell University Medical College and Director of Orthopedic Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Following are excerpts from their conversation.

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June is Scoliosis Awareness Month!

Thank you to all the doctors, clinicians, nurses, healthcare/government officials and patients & family members who are working to spread the scoliosis awareness campaign throughout the U.S. and to many countries around the globe, from Canada, to the U.K. and as far reaching as Turkey.

We need a strong collective voice advocating for early detection and treatment to ensure that children and families receive the optimal care they deserve. A special thank you to our local policy makers, providers, and school nurses for their continual support for more than thirty years.

 

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Scoliosis Awareness Day Proclamation Ceremony in Canada

OTTAWA, May 27, 2015 /CNW/ – Join the Curvy Girls Ottawa at the Scoliosis Awareness Day Proclamation Ceremony at City Hall! This event is open to the public and begins at 8:45 a.m. on Monday June 1, 2015.

Curvy Girls Ottawa is a peer-lead support group for teens with scoliosis. Scoliosis is a medical condition resulting in a curvature of the spine. Many Canadians are affected by this condition and more awareness is needed! June 1st is also Scoliosis Awareness Day in Ottawa.

Mayor Jim Watson will present the proclamation to the Curvy Girls at City Hall. The Curvy Girls invite the public, as well as local media to attend the ceremony to raise awareness for scoliosis. To show your support, wear pink or green!

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SRS VP Kenneth Cheung, MD Running in London Marathon

We applaud Kenneth Cheung, MD, Vice President of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), who is running in the London Marathon on April 26, 2015 to raise funds for scoliosis. Funds raised will be split between the SRS and the British Scoliosis Research Foundation. To read more and donate to support Dr. Cheung please go to his fundraising page at  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/SRS

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Scolioscreen – A New Alternative to the Scoliometer!

We are pleased to offer the new Scolioscreen device which in combination with the Scolioscreen APP, (available at iTunes) allows for the early detection of scoliosis, and also enables patients and families to track the status of an abnormal spinal curve at home. Scolioscreen won the Best New Technology Award and is today’s innovative modern alternative for yesterday’s scoliometer! Scolioscreen is designed to fit all smartphones, with or without a protective case.

To learn more about this product, or to purchase, go to Scolioscreen in our store.

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