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    When I start a course of PT, I always tell the...

    When I start a course of PT, I always tell the therapist to find 3 or fewer exercises that will help. There's no way I'm going to keep up with a bunch of exercises. I want to be able to do...
  2. Depending on one's age, some much older patients...

    Depending on one's age, some much older patients have gotten relief from smaller surgeries. Unfortunately, doing smaller surgeries on middle aged adults, often (if not always) leads to destabilizing...
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    Definitely, but a good PT will come up with...

    Definitely, but a good PT will come up with exercises that fit your environment. Because of knee issues, I have a major difficulty getting up from the floor, so my therapists are always having to...
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    That's the single most important factor. Doing...

    That's the single most important factor. Doing exercises in PT is just to learn them. You should plan on figuring out a program with your therapist, that works for you now and in the future. I...
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    I personally think PT is a really good idea,...

    I personally think PT is a really good idea, though some people just don't have the ability to have it. If you have access and your surgeon agrees, I would definitely go.

    Your gait may not be...
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    What PT does depends on each individual's issues....

    What PT does depends on each individual's issues. Most typically, they'll work on gait and core strengthening.
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    I assume you mean hypokyphosis, not hypnosis. :-)...

    I assume you mean hypokyphosis, not hypnosis. :-)

    The amount of kyphosis in a "normal" spine is 20-40 degrees. This refers to the "hump" in the thoracic area of a normal spine. When the...
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    Please check with your surgeon's office before...

    Please check with your surgeon's office before you get into a bathtub. Many surgeons restrict patients from this activity during the early recovery period.
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    There are a lot of different SIJ implant systems....

    There are a lot of different SIJ implant systems. Not all are triangular shaped rods. For example: ...
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    Ask your surgeon's office or your primary care...

    Ask your surgeon's office or your primary care physician for guidance in weaning off meds. For some people, weaning can be incredibly difficult, and sometimes dangerous, so it's not something to be...
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    Congratulations! I hope the experience is...

    Congratulations! I hope the experience is incredibly rewarding.
  12. Just a reminder that we're all very different, so...

    Just a reminder that we're all very different, so everyone's experience may vary.
  13. I suspect she misstated or you misunderstood. IV...

    I suspect she misstated or you misunderstood. IV pain meds are used at least until it's appropriate for the patient to take oral meds (which is typically at least a few days).
  14. If your fusion is solid (and there's no reason to...

    If your fusion is solid (and there's no reason to believe it's not), there's nothing anyone can do to cause harm to the fusion or implants.

    --Linda
  15. Hi Ana... I'm surprised at your surgeon's...

    Hi Ana...

    I'm surprised at your surgeon's opinion. Your fusion stops at L2, and you have herniated discs at L3-4, L4-5, & L5-S1. Your pain could potentially be from the herniated discs. You...
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    By the way, back to your original question, the...

    By the way, back to your original question, the fellowships that I mention are all Orthopaedic fellowships. I'm sure there are good Neurosurgery programs that specialize in spinal deformity, but I...
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    I would say the top 3 are: Columbia Wash U...

    I would say the top 3 are:

    Columbia
    Wash U
    UCSF

    There are dozens of others, however, that also have good programs. For example:

    Norton
    Hospital for Special Surgery
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    Deformity surgery is relatively new in the world...

    Deformity surgery is relatively new in the world of neurosurgery, but it's been around long enough that there are now some well respected surgeons. I don't think it makes all that much difference. ...
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    Ed... A drain is different than a chest tube....

    Ed...

    A drain is different than a chest tube.

    --Linda
  20. If you post your children's experiences, no one...

    If you post your children's experiences, no one will have any issues with your posts. Same goes for everyone.
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    I'd like to remind folks that this is a scoliosis...

    I'd like to remind folks that this is a scoliosis forum. While the virus is something to consider for those planning surgery, I want to ensure that threads don't get hijacked.

    Thanks.
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    For the record, I put the form on UCSF...

    For the record, I put the form on UCSF stationery, but it was actually created by myself, mostly from my own experience and tips I got on the original scoliosis forum.
  23. We should have no issues with people who stick to...

    We should have no issues with people who stick to posting their own or their kids' experience. It is grossly irresponsible to encourage others to seek specific treatment, regardless of what that...
  24. Does it help to know that there have been a few...

    Does it help to know that there have been a few efforts of orthopaedic spinal deformity specialists hooking up with chiropractors and orthotists, to attempt to understand if there's a benefit for...
  25. Orthotists never see the patients after they've...

    Orthotists never see the patients after they've "graduated".
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