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  1. Why we need to change the current scoliosis treatment paradigm

    by , 03-17-2011 at 03:38 PM (Dr Stitzel)
    Quote Originally Posted by DrStitzel View Post
    I co-founded a non-profit organization almost 10 years ago, because I don't believe a person's lifetime should be or has to be defined by scoliosis. The impact of the physical deformity, self esteem related conditions (eating disorders, self mutilation, suicide attempts), and the psychological stress of hopeless shapes the patients life into the disease itself, and has a far greater impact on the patient than just the organic health consequences of the disease.

    Scoliosis brace treatment
  2. Environmental factors that drive idiopathic scoliosis?

    by , 03-17-2011 at 03:36 PM (Dr Stitzel)
    Quote Originally Posted by DrStitzel View Post
    Ok folks........Brainstorming time.

    As far as it looks right now, it looks like the environmental factors of idiopathic scoliosis seem to be falling into one of three catagories that all interact with each other and the genetic pre-disposition (via epigenetics or otherwise). Let's see how many we can list under these catagories and even add more catagories if appropriate.

    Forward head posture
    Hip rotation
    Sacral inclination
  3. 3-D AUTOCORRECTION the future of scoliosis treatment?

    by , 03-17-2011 at 03:34 PM (Dr Stitzel)
    Quote Originally Posted by dovoranydoc View Post
    “Three dimensional automatic correction of the spine” a term until today you have most likely never come across. Let me start by explaining the 3-D part. The spine is a complex organization of matter primarily consisting of bone, discs, ligaments, nerves, and muscles. When we view a spine from the side view(dimension one) it is a series of forward and backward curves creating a precise balance of head torso and pelvis centers of gravity, the front view (dimension two)
  4. Does a scoliosis brace cause a more structural scoliotic curvature?

    by , 03-17-2011 at 03:31 PM (Dr Stitzel)
    Quote Originally Posted by DrStitzel View Post
    Dr. Ian Stokes presented Intervertebral Disc (IVD) work in rat tails at the SOSORT conference and his research has found that immobilization of the rat tail IVD was the primary factor in curve "stiffness" and the IVD wedging in angled and compressed models was primarily the result of "collagen kinking", rather than water loss.

    Assuming my understand is correct (and an email confirmation from Dr. Stokes indicates I am), this has some very serious implications on
  5. MUA, CLEAR Institute, and scoliosis brace treatment?

    by , 03-17-2011 at 03:29 PM (Dr Stitzel)
    Quote Originally Posted by DrStitzel View Post
    I'll start the fun off with a wild one. This just me "thinking out loud", so take it for what's its worth.

    As we all know adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is further sub-categorized into functional (flexible) and structural (Stiff) curvatures. The functional AIS are often found in smaller curves and become more structural as the size of the curve increases (note: I am basing this off curve size and not patient age which doesn't necessarily correlate with curve flexibility,
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