Adolescent Idiopathic Scolioisis

Age at surgery: 22
Years since surgery: 1 year

Jennifer was in the 6th grade when she was diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scolioisis. Initially her curve was 40 degrees, and a pediatric orthopedic surgeon placed her in a brace to try to stop the curve from progressing. Unfortunately, the brace did not stop her spinal curve from worsening. Jennifer stayed active and played soccer during high school, but was limited some in running due to her back pain. She took up cycling, a lower impact exercise which was easier on her spine.

As she reached her early 20s, Jennifer's back pain worsened and her curve progressed to the point that her body image and self confidence were affected. Everyday activities such as driving, walking, and working as a waitress aggravated her back.

At the age of 22, Jennifer began to search for help. Early in her search, pediatric orthopedists turned her away because of her age, and adult spine surgeons seemed intimidated by the size of her curve. She researched online and came across reviews of Dr. Matthew Geck, a physician who focused on scoliosis.

In her meeting with Dr. Geck, Jennifer talked about her pain and her progressive spinal curvature. Dr. Geck examined her and noted her severe rotational deformity. Jennifer's curve measured 93 degrees, and Dr. Geck explained to her that many curve types are considered for surgery between 40 - 60 degrees. He next went over current techniques, such as complex osteotomy and reconstructive options, which would allow an excellent correction even with a more progressed curve.

Dr. Geck performed the corrective surgery and two days after surgery, Jennifer was standing taller and walking. Her recovery included a walking program and physical therapy. Jennifer still incorporates exercises learned in physical therapy into everyday life. She returned to work within two months. One year after surgery, her curve is corrected to 22 degrees!

Today, Jennifer is pain free and back to a normal lifestyle. Some of her favorite activities include spending time outdoors and enjoying time with her friends and family.

Treatments
  • Traditional Treatments
    • Learn about traditional treatments for pain relief to bridge from inactivity to physical therapy
  • Scoliosis Surgery
    • Learn about advances in scoliosis treatment and current minimally invasive options.
  • Osteotomy Surgery
    • For the most complex spinal deformities learn about how osteotomy surgery can balance the spine.
  • Thoracoscopic Surgery
    • Video assisted thoracoscopic surgery uses techniques for minimal invasion of the chest wall or thoracic cavity.
  • Vertebral Body Stapling
    • Vertebral body stapling is an innovative, minimally invasive approach that is an alternative therapy for early onset scoliosis.
  • XLIF, DLIF, TLIF
    • Learn about minimally invasive interbody techniques such as XLIF, DLIF, and TLIF.
What do Your Symptoms Indicate?
  • Red Flag Symptoms
    • Many back problems can improve on their own or with non-surgical treatment. They key is to understand which symptoms are emergencies and need to be seen immediately.
Home Remedy Book
  • Home Remedy Book
    • Have back or neck pain? Learn what causes symptoms and the home remedies that relieve pain. Scoliosis Texas mails out Home Remedy Books to residents throughout the Austin area.

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