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Intestinal malrotation (Nancy Allen, 23 May 2012)

Please begin to consider the full range of intestinal malrotations/malattachments as a factor in the development of scoliosis.
These congenital issues may be more relevant when influenced by a widening pelvis. Malrotations/malattachments may cause a torque in the entire body plan ( ?) with variations depending on the exact nature of the abnormal tensions produced by the gut issues ? Redundant colon has been considered as a variant of malrotation. Could acidosis be a chronic issue in certain gut malrotations - causing chronic pH balancing issues, with osteoporosis as a secondary result ? read full comment

Comment on: Bagnall et al. Scoliosis, 4:28

Material not really clear / relevant articles on the SpineCor not discussed. (Hans-Rudolf Weiss, 28 November 2010)

Dear Editor,

I must admit, I was a bit astonished to find this paper published in Scoliosis as a winner of a SOSORT award.

1. The materials as described are hard to reconstruct as the description of the materials within this study is an accumulation of different samples of patients. A clear description of the patient materials of the relevant sample that has completed treatment without none relevant data would have been desirable.

2. Within the paper one prospective controlled study (Best Clinical Paper, IRSSD Vancouver 2004 [1]) and a randomized controlled study from Hong Kong [2] on the SpineCor with contradictory results to the conclusions as presented here have not been cited, neither discussed.

Therefore, the conclusion drawn from the paper... read full comment

Comment on: Coillard et al. Scoliosis, 5:25

school screening for scoliosis (jacob ross, 05 September 2009)

In the USA, not all legislated screening programs are the same today. We can not take a broad-brush approach to whether or not a state has screening, but must look further at screening protocol details, including age and gender screened, screener education and support, scoliometer usage, reporting and follow-up methodologies etc, to evaluate the effectiveness of a program. Some states have ratios of one school nurse for every 700 students, while others have 2000/1 ratios and use health aides and volunteer parents to perform scoliosis screening. Unfortunately, in the USA there is a lack of national standards and adequate reports for scoliosis screening mechanisms, making collection of evidence-based outcomes necessary to either enhance this process or eliminate it, extremely difficult.... read full comment

Comment on: Grivas et al. Scoliosis, 2:17

school screening for scoliosis (john petersen, 12 November 2008)

School screening for scoliosis is a well accepted technique for the early detection of spinal deformities. We reviewed the experience in Minnesota over the past eight years, with an average of one-quarter of a million children being screened yearly. Of the children screened, 3.4 per cent were referred for evaluation and scoliosis was found in 1.2 per cent. The number of children requiring operations for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis has diminished since 1970. The average curve for which a surgical procedure was done has also diminished from 60 to 42 degrees. The cost of the program is low, averaging 6.6 cents per student screened. This compares with a so-called time cost averaging thirty-five cents. Voluntary scoliosis.-------------johnpetersenread full comment

Comment on: Weiss Scoliosis, 1:1

Thank you and a request (cindy marti, 12 May 2006)

Martha,Related to this article, I must take the opportunity to thank you for your excellent book "Scoliosis and the Human Spine". It was pivotal and inspirational to me in deciding to pursue Schroth training under Dr. Manuel Rigo last year. We are now practicing at our facililty with Schroth and are fully committed to learning more and growing our program - all in the spirit of your article on the hope of changing the asymmetrical forces on the spine.I would like to please draw your attention to the ADVANCE PT publication that went out to APTA members last week. There is an article featuring Schroth in Wisconsin. Joe, I am hopeful that you will be following up on your previously stated plans to publish on Schroth in an upcoming NSF newletter. I would be happy to contribute in anyway I... read full comment

Comment on: Hawes et al. Scoliosis, 1:3