Blog Post: Idiopathic Lumbar Scoliosis Treated with Posterior Spinal Fusion T11 to L3

7-10-2024 13 year old female, active athlete Low back pain when participates in athletics Left trunk shift Right shoulder is higher than the left Near the end of skeletal growth Due to the magnitude of her deformity and skeletal age, surgery was discussed and, after discussions with patient and family, a posterior spinal fusion of […]

Spine Rotation in Scoliosis, Part 1

I have scoliosis…. So why do I have a rib hump? Why does my shoulder blade sticks out more on one side? Why are my ribs in the front different? These are common questions I hear from patients with scoliosis and their parents and caregivers. So why do these changes to the chest happen? Well […]

Healthcare Resources for Families: How to be More Engaged

A big factor in the outcome of a healthcare treatment, such as surgery, is the concept of Engagement.  Engagement means to interact with something and, in the context of healthcare, means the physician, nursing, support staff and hospital.  It is an active process and implies two-way communication.  It is not just the physician or nurse […]

Patient Feature: World Pediatric Project

The World Pediatric Project’s winter fundraiser called “Treasures in Paradise” happened last week, Friday January 26th, The keynote speaker was Erickson Hernandez, a wonderful young man who Drs. Manke and Goldfarb, and myself treated at our Shriner’s Hospital. Check out the web address (copy and paste in your browser) below for a video of Erickson’s […]

Chiropractic treatment in scoliosis

If one searches the web for information on chiropractic care and scoliosis, the American Chiropractic (ACA) Association would be a logical place.  According to the ACA, “chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are used […]

The Internet Medical Jungle

Over the last 20 years the development of the internet and digital medical records has changed medicine dramatically.  For physicians, the rapid access and exchange, of important information about patients has enabled the delivery of faster medical care than ever before.  For patients and parents/caregivers, there is an ever-growing amount information which is accessible, about […]

Welcome to the Growing Spine Blog!

The aim of this blog is to provide parents and caregivers with clear, concise information on the problems, issues and treatment of pediatric and adolescent spine deformity topics.  We will try to demystify and focus our postings around spine deformity topics (scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis, etc…), in the cervical-thoracic-lumbosacral spine, in patients 0-21 years of […]