Scoliosis has been twisting, turning, and curving
the spines of our young children for far too long.
Down through the ages dedicated physicians such
as Hippocrates, Galen, Andry, Hibbs, Blount, and
Harrington have attempted to understand the reasons
behind the onset and progression of this sinister
spinal deformity in the hopes of providing better
treatment for the people afflicted with it. Now
with some new tools and methods we have an opportunity
better than any other time in history to discover
the cause, or causes, of scoliosis and truly focus
our medical and scientific community towards finding
the Cause, Prevention and ultimately the Cure for
this spinal disorder. But it will not happen unless
all of us get involved. NIH has spent Virtually
$0 for Scoliosis Research!
NIH Has Spent Virtually $0 for Scoliosis Research!
Tell them why this must change.
Tell them why this must change. Are you a parent
burdened by what you see your child going through
with scoliosis and confused about what course of
action is best for him or her? Are you a teenager
upset about being wrapped in plastic, and not knowing
when, or if, the treatment will work? Are you an
active woman limited by the curve in your back,
and either frustrated that there is nothing to help
you, or frightened by being told what may lie ahead?
Or, are you someone tired of living in pain, and
feeling victimized by the surgical, or non-surgical
treatments that failed to help you? No matter what
situation you may be in, we often find that the
burden of living with scoliosis is in large part
due to the lack of understanding what causes it.
Knowing the cause(s) of this spinal deformity is
essential to the development of effective, minimally
invasive, and less expensive treatment or prevention
options. We must get The National Institute for
Health (NIH) to realize that directing it's funding
towards etiology research for scoliosis will help
millions of people get the answers and care they
deserve. But you need to call, email, and or write
to them to get their attention and help them realize
how important this is.
Communicate to the NIH Director today!
Please don't delay.
In his lead article Dr. Sponseller, Chair of the
Etiology Committee for the Scoliosis Research Society,
presents us with the rationale and need for etiology
research, and rings out a "Call to Action". We ask
everyone within the NSF scoliosis community to heed
this call, and begin this campaign immediately.
There is no time to waste. We have enclosed a letter
to the NIH Director, which you can mail. We
also ask you to send a copy of this letter to your
Representative or Senator, as well as to us here
at NSF so we can compile them into one booklet for
future hearings. Please call us if you need help
with this effort.
We have a chance to begin to straighten things
out, so please join the National Scoliosis Foundation,
and Scoliosis Research Society in this Etiology
Research Campaign. A collaborative effort between
physicians and patients is a mighty strong voice.
Together We Can Make A Difference!
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