I was 8 years old and had recently been diagnosed with scoliosis, which was curving my spine into an S shape. My acceptance-seeking third-grade brain consented. Photo: Rachel Rabkin Peachman.
Second stage will be posterior correction with multi segmental fixation system and two rods. The surgery takes practically all day. The explanation on this letter from my daughters consultant neuro-orthopaedic surgeon made sense to me because I have invested some of my working life in training to decode the mysterious and protective language of medicine.
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Idiopathic Curve: This is the most commonly seen type of scoliosis and, usually, there is no clear cause of the spinal curve. These cases are rare and typically diagnosed in childhood.
I remember in middle school all the girls had to have their spines checked in gym class. Only problem was the only gym teacher we had that was medically trained to do the check was a man so all the girls had to report to him with their tops off and let him pull their pants down. It was super embarrassing at the time but something that I now remember with excitement.
This is a Guest Post by Atlasien. It was originally published here. I mainly blog about race and foster care adoption.
I'll never forget the first day I wore a back brace to school. I was 8 years old and had recently been diagnosed with scoliosis, which was curving my spine into an S shape. The rigid plastic hardware imprisoned my torso from hip to underarm; my shirt couldn't hide its bulk.
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis AIS is a progressive growth disease that affects spinal anatomy, mobility, and left-right trunk symmetry. Consequently, AIS can modify human locomotion. Very few studies have investigated a simple activity like walking in a cohort of well-defined untreated patients with scoliosis.
The BSSQbrace questionnaire has been shown to be reliable with good internal consistency and reproducibility estimating the stress scoliosis patients have whilst wearing their brace. Eight questions are provided focussing on this topic. A max. The subdivision of the score values is: 0—8 strong stress9—16 medium stress and 17—24 little stress.