For Parents

A New Alternative Treatment for Idiopathic Scoliosis

"During a recent school screening, it was determined that your son/daughter may have a condition called scoliosis, or curvature of the spine. Please consult your physician for further information and available treatment options." For most parents, this news can be both alarming and confusing, especially when a child appears to ...
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Pain

Because the National Scoliosis Foundation receives constant inquiries from individuals asking whether pain is a symptom of idiopathic scoliosis, we interviewed Dr. Robert Winter, internationally know for work in surgical and non-surgical treatment of spine deformity. Dr. Winter is the author of numerous textbooks, papers, and chapters of surgical textbooks ...
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Outcome of Spinal Screening

As many of our readers know, the Scoliosis Research Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and over 23 states suggest or require school screening for abnormal spinal curvatures. In September of 1992, Dr. William P. Bunnell, Professor and Chairperson, Loma Linda University Medical Center, presented his paper, "Outcome of ...
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Let’s Get The Terms Straight

On January 5, 1990, at our request Ann Landers reprinted a 1983 letter from NSF's Vice President, Kenneth Love. As a result of that letter appearing in her syndicated column, we've received numerous letters and phone calls concerning a variety of subjects, including infantile, juvenile and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, not ...
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Exercise for Adolescents

Adolescents with scoliosis and their families have questions concerning exercise. These questions are usually about two general areas:
  1. Can exercise correct or stop the progression of the scoliosis curve?
  2. Are recreational exercise and sports participation advised?
In this article, we will present some of the advantages and limitations ...
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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 ...
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Bracing for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

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 ...
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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 ...
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