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Missed scoliosis for 2 years

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 22, 2010
  • 07:06 PM

My daughter has always walked a little funky, and when I asked her GP he said her foot turned out a bit, but he refered me to an orthopeadic specialist. That specialist, who talked like he was on speed, said she had knock knees and her feet turned out..rare in children so young (she was 21 months at the time)..if it didn't correct itself come back in about 6 months, the usual doctor rant. I asked my sons's physical therapist to look at her and she said the same thing...her foot turns out but she's fine. None of these doctors checked her for scoliosis. So finally at her 3 year well-child check up I asked the doctor about her back and how come one side had more muscle than the other. She was finally diagnosed with severe progressive scoliosis with a 45 degree upper curve, 35 lower and a spinal rotation of 21 degrees. Instead of being casted for 1-2 years and achieving full correction, she will now be facing an entire childhood of casting, bracing and eventually spinal surgery. Has one of these doctors apologized for ruining my daughter's childhood and dismissing my concerns with half-**s exams. Not a one.

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