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    Dear Colleagues,

    I am looking for anecdotes/information regarding
    the risks of return to sports activities
    in adolescent patients
    who have had spinal fusion for scoliosis.

    I have a particular case in mind:

    A 14 y.o. female who had spinal
    fusion two months ago with Isola hardware
    to repair severe scoliosis (50 deg. and 40 deg.
    upper and lower curvatures if I recall correctly).
    The patient had been active in sports, and is
    particularly skilled and interested in soccer.

    She now wants to return to playing soccer,
    and her orthopedic surgeon (who is also
    a soccer team physician) has recommended
    a physical therapist to help her get
    ready to start playing in two months' time
    (a total of four months since surgery).

    The patient is also interested in other
    sports, such as tennis, and is wondering
    what the chance is for serious injury
    should she return to soccer. Now would
    be a good time for her to switch her
    main activity to another sport if she
    decides that soccer is too hazardous.
    Of course, soccer involves contact, lots
    of falling down, and some head impact,
    and she doesn't want to have to think
    about limiting her activity if she
    does return to soccer.

    I have had some general success with a
    literature search but would be interested
    in some more references particular to the
    sports aspect, anecdotes about
    similar patients, or biomechanical/
    physical therapy measures which might
    indicate whether her back will be able
    to handle the demands of soccer.


    Amy Courtney

    | Amy C. Courtney, Ph.D. | |
    | Dept. of Biomedical Engineering | |
    | The Cleveland Clinic Foundation | |
    | 9500 Euclid Avenue | |
    | Cleveland, Ohio 44195 USA | |
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