Claire Robertson

BME 240 Spring 09

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Scoliosis is a complex curvature of the spine. The disease can be progressive, causing deformity of the thorax and chest. The current treatments include bracing and arthrodesis.

Growth modulation offers fusionless alternative to current treatments. By applying tension to the convex side of the cuve, the spine eventually straightens over time.

Growth modulation offers a gradual, fusionless treatment which does not destroy the spinal discs and can be converted to arthrodesis later.