Category: scoliosis

Finlay K | Scoliosis Down Syndrome

Posted on March 23, 2018

Finlay was 13 years old when he first came to our office by recommendation of his pediatrician.   Finlay’s scoliosis presents in the setting of Down’s Syndrome and renal disease. Finlay’s curves measured 37, 53, and 55 degrees.  We discussed the ... Read More

Andrew C | Scoliosis Case

Posted on February 05, 2018

Andrew was 13 when he first presented to our office. He has a positive family history of scoliosis with his older brother having a spinal fusion. I had a discussion with Andrew and his parents about non operative treatment of ... Read More

Njood A. | International Patient

Posted on April 18, 2017

Njood was an 11 year old international patient who presented to us with a large curve of 100 degrees of thoracic scoliosis and 100 degrees of kyphosis.  Her MRI showed changes to the spinal cord and she was developing progressive ... Read More

Santiago F. | Casting Case

Posted on February 01, 2017

Santiago is a young boy from the Dominican Republic with Idiopathic Infantile Scoliosis. He first came to see Dr. Vitale when he was 16 months old for a second opinion. He had been treated previously with two Cotrel casts. Unfortunately, ... Read More

Ryan F. | Casting Case

Posted on February 01, 2017

Ryan is a 3 year old who we saw for the first time at 14 months. His came to us for a second opinion. He was already being treated with a brace. He presented with a 40 degree curve with ... Read More

Natale B. | Scoliosis Case

Posted on June 23, 2016

Natalie was first diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 3 years old. Initially, her curve was small and was treated conservatively. However, when she went for her regular visit at age 7 her curve had suddenly jumped from 27 degrees to 63 degrees and she was referred to Dr. Vitale for further management. Read More

Ismaeel | Complex Scoliosis Patient

Posted on June 23, 2016

Ismaeel is a 6-year-old boy who has been seeing Dr. Vitale since he was 5 months old for several orthopedic concerns. He and his 10-year-old brother Yaseen were born with a rare disorder that causes multiple skeletal abnormalities such as ... Read More

Emma M. | Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Posted on June 20, 2016

Emma is a 13 year old competitive dancer; performing jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, and modern dance! She came to see Dr. Vitale when she was first diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis at age 12. At that time her main curve was already 53 degrees. A curve of this size in a growing child has an extremely high likelihood of progressing. Dr. Vitale recommended surgically correcting the curve with a Posterior Spinal Instrumentation and Fusion. Read More

Hagar M. | Pediatric Scoliosis

Posted on June 09, 2016

Hagar is a 16 year old young woman who was born with several problems with her heart and esophagus that required multiple major surgeries within the first few years of her life. As a result of these thoracic surgeries, Hagar had developed scoliosis by the time she was 2 years old. Initially she was managed with a back brace but when she was 8 years old her curve progressed to 65 degrees and she was beginning to develop restrictive lung disease. At that point, Dr. Vitale recommended a VEPTR growing rod construct to control her curve while she grew. Read More