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Thread: Torso Rotation Strength Training for Scoliosis

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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    How do they know when a tether breaks? Did Dr Newton show you on the x-ray what they look at? and which level broke first?
    Hi Ed! Long time no see.

    The X-ray shows if a tether breaks. Normally the screws are perpendicular but the tethers are so tight that if one snaps the screw holding it will point either up or down a few degrees. So basically the direction of the screw shifts a bit. The longer the tethers last the better because the bone continues to remodel as the spine grows. However now that Scott's nearly done growing the remodeling slows down and it doesn't matter much if one breaks.

    Newton has a series of x-rays of a tethered patient that is done growing and even over 2 or 3 years the curve and wedging didn't change at all. So in his opinion without growth the procedure doesn't help.

    I suppose that the procedure would work in adults if someday scientists found a way to safely stimulate a high rate of bone remodeling in the vertebrae.

    Maybe in the year 2050?

    I think right now most people just want to survive 2020. haha

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    Wow congratulations to Scott and you and your family. Definitely a tethering success story.

    It was bound to succeed... Newton only takes a small percentage of comers, the ones who will likely be successful.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dingo View Post
    I think right now most people just want to survive 2020. haha
    Yeah.....I think if I had to assign a title for the year 2020, I would title it: "Science...The Hard Way"

    What's the news on follow-up? X-ray once a year?

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pooka1 View Post
    It was bound to succeed... Newton only takes a small percentage of comers, the ones who will likely be successful.
    I believe the success rate for tethering is around 3 in 4. More or less.

    The night before the surgery we had a meeting with Dr. Newton. Because Scott's curve had reached 63 he felt that fusion was the best choice. However Scott was right on the edge in the grey area and so he allowed us to choose tethering. I'm not sure what his absolute cut-off is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    What's the news on follow-up? X-ray once a year?
    I think he has 2 more 6 month visits and after that 1 time per year for a short while.

    I'm so relived to see a decade of worry finally coming to an end. Realistically it will always be in the back of my mind but for the most part finita!

    BTW someday perhaps 5, 10 maybe 20+ years from now when scientists discover that Scoliosis is caused by a common, childhood infection remember you heard it from me first. 8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dingo View Post
    BTW someday perhaps 5, 10 maybe 20+ years from now when scientists discover that Scoliosis is caused by a common, childhood infection remember you heard it from me first. 8-)
    Or virus....They are looking at this now. Google COVID blood brain barrier.

    I wonder if we are the result of a pandemic thousands of years ago?

    I suspect it was Fred Flintstone and undercooked bronto burgers! Ha ha

    https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/933131

    It's not just the flu. Its serious.

    Good to see Scott's curves now in the teens.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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