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The patient is a 12-year-old girl who was diagnosed with Idiopathic Scoliosis when she was 8 years old. Her thoracic curve measured 24 degrees when she was 9 years old and was put in a scoliosis brace to slow the curve progression while allowing her to continue growing. However, her scoliosis progressed and at the age of 12 she progressed to a main lumbar curve of 54 degrees with her thoracic curve at 35 degrees. When the major curve is lumbar and the thoracic curve is “non-structural,” this case of Idiopathic Scoliosis is called a “Lenke Type 5 Scoliosis.” Due to the size of her lumbar curve, surgery with posterior spinal fusion was performed to stop the progression of the curve.

At her 6-week post-operative visit, x-rays showed that her curve is now 0! The appearance of her back and her overall balance and alignment showed minimal abnormality and she is can now go back to full activities without restriction!