If you have read some of our journey from July 15th, 2015 to current, you can see that we are not going solely with the ‘traditional’ treatment mode. Rather than a hard brace we our using SpineCor soft bracing, physical therapy and chiropractic care three times a week. We have Kaiser Permanente insurance and were waiting for an appointment with a Pediatric Orthopedist, which we had on Friday, August 14th, 2015.
Friday’s appointment, waiting in the lobby of the doctor’s office, Matthew and I were both nervous. I had him wear his soft brace, mind you, this is not widely used here in the US. After being lead through to the back office, the nurse measured Matthew’s height, 5 feet 5 3/4inches! This is a 1/4 inch taller than he was three weeks ago! The doctor, Dr. Scott Shoemaker, was young, progressive and very forthright in his exam with humor peppered in there, so I knew he was good at reading patient’s anxiety levels. He was very open and supportive of the chiropractic care and the SpineCor brace. While x-rays were up on the computer he inspected the straps of the brace compared to the curve in Matthew’s spine and acknowledged the thinking behind the placement.
Some of the concerns the doctor had about Matthew’s case were: there is not a family history; Matthew is male; the initial curve is opposite of typical; the upper curve turns towards his heart (not common); in addition to the ‘s’ curve he has Kyphosis (lateral curve) when most have a flat back. He is under the thinking that there may be something causing the scoliosis that is not apparent on the x-rays so he ordered a full spine MRI, which we had completed yesterday. The results will be available in a week, I will update then.
Meanwhile, we are getting ready for Matthew to start public high school. He was homeschooled last year and a 2 day a week charter school the year before that. I have tried to talk him out of it because I feel like having to go anywhere five days a week, 7-8 hours a day should only happen if someone is getting paid to be there LOL! He is adamant and wants to attend so that is what we are doing 🙂