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Hi! My name is Olivia Dawn Fillipp, and I'm 10 years old. I have a condition called scoliosis, it's where your spine isn't as straight as everyone else's. My curve is around 20 degrees on bottom and top. I was devastated when I found out I had it, because I thought I would have to have surgery. But, my curve wasn't as bad. My doctor found my scoliosis at my 9 year old check-up. Now, I'm 10 and on my second brace. A back brace isn't bad but isn't pleasant. When you first get your brace, the first few nights can be very hard to sleep. My mom had to come and lay down with me so I actually could fall asleep. But, after a few weeks with my brace I got used to it. I can sleep better because my mom bought me this special mattress that feels like memory foam. The hard part about my brace is that I play softball. This is hard because I get less time in my brace. So, I have to make up by wearing it all day. I laugh sometimes because I remember how hard it was when I first got it. For example, going to the bathroom, sitting down, car rides, etc. It will be hard sometimes but everything gets better. So to the girls that first get their brace, just remember, you're bent not broken.
A note from Pat Rogel, Olivia's orthotist: Olivia uses her time out of the brace to stay active. This is very important for all people with scoliosis. She is nearly perfect with her compliance, as well. This combination is the best hope for successfully preventing scoliosis from worsening and needing surgery.
CHICAGO PEDIATRIC ORTHOTICS
Chicago Pediatric Orthotics is a scoliosis center of excellence. We have effectively managed thousands of children and teens who have scoliosis. We boast curve correction of up to 100% while wearing our custom scoliosis brace. Numerous patients have shown improvements in their spinal curves by wearing their brace as prescribed and participating in appropriate exercises. "Our scoliosis bracing program is very successful in preventing the need for surgery. To date NONE of our clients have required spinal surgery."
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Our goal is to treat scoliosis effectively in order to prevent it from getting worse and needing surgery. We also hope to prevent long term back pain. We utilize computer aided design to correct scoliosis curves.
Whichever type of brace your orthopedic surgeon recommends we can provide it - 3D asymmetric, Providence, Wilmington, Milwaukee, Boston, one piece, bivalve, and others. We will design the best brace to correct your child's curves.
Tatum wrote her own story about her scoliosis brace. The truth is that the first few weeks of using a brace are really hard for most kids. Here are her words of wisdom:
"Hi my name is Tatum and I have scoliosis. When I first had to get my brace I was really unhappy because it was really uncomfortable to wear it for the first few weeks, I had to wait for weeks till I got used to it. It also took time to get used to because, there were many activities I wanted to do but I had to cut down my hours and I had to choose which ones I got to do. The part I don’t like very much about the brace is when I get it tightened, it takes usually about a couple days to one week. Now everyday I wear my brace and take it off when I do an activity for instance gym in school and my sport outside of school which is karate. I also clean the inside of my brace and I wash my brace undershirt every other day (and since I have two brace shirts I switch on and off). When I do this schedule every day it can reach me up to high hours wearing my brace (although some days I can take my brace off for long times but that's seldom). Doing that schedule wearing my brace for a good amount of time got me up to 21 hours! That's what its like having a brace and what I go through."
It is becoming more common for physicians to request a compliance monitor be put in a scoliosis back brace as part of scoliosis treatment. . In the past we had no way to know how much the scoliosis brace was actually being used. Now we have objective data to show us the amount of wear. And, it give a nice report for the family and physician. Tatum is holding her report which shows excellent compliance.
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ETHAN 17 yo level 10 gymnast
High level athletes endure huge amounts of dynamic stress that is often absorbed in the spine. After over 10 years of participating in high level men's gymnastics Ethan sustained a L5 Spondylolysis.
Spondylolysis is a breaking down (dissolution) of a portion of a vertebra called the pars interarticularis, which can separate. Spondylolysis can be a cause of abnormal movement of the spine (spondylolisthesis) and lead to long term back pain.
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