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How Richard’s scoliosis might be treated today

As an osteopath, Richard’s scoliosis is another aspect of his life that fascinates me. It came to my attention that a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent, Julia Carlile, aged 16, had a scoliosis treated privately in the USA, which was paid for by Simon Cowell ($175,000)

The Mersey Girls on Britain's Got Talent

The Mersey Girls on Britain’s Got Talent – Julia is in the front, first from R-L

Click here to read more: Here.

This was interesting, but even more intriguing was the way it was treated. Scoliosis is usually treated by inserting metal rods each side of the spine. The operation is very invasive, involves large scars and leaves the patient with a spine which is very stiff, although straighter than it was. The old way would have meant Julia would never dance again, which is why Simon Cowell stepped in when he heard that the new technique would allow the spine to still be flexible enough to dance.

The operation is called vertebral body tethering, although the place in the USA that formulated the technique prefer to call it ‘Anterior Scoliosis Correction’. It involves screws being fixed along a cord inside the back. The recovery time is just six weeks and the operation is reversible if it doesn’t work. Here is a link to the place that pioneered the technique if you want to find out more: Here

Just imagine if Richard had had access to this kind of treatment!

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6 thoughts on “How Richard’s scoliosis might be treated today

  1. Glenis Brindley on said:

    As my daughter was diagnosed with this condition at 11 years old, I found this article really interesting. It sounds far less invasive, and nowhere near as traumatic as the original operation of putting rods down the length of the spine. Recovery time is so much better too. The wonders of modern medicine, how fortunate are we? x

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  2. S7E9H on said:

    My daughter was diagnosed with a 55 degree lateral curve of the spine this week. She has decided to blog her experience so that other children in her position have a better understanding of the road ahead and that this is not the end.

    Please see here for the link – https://faithsblog.news.blog

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