Our initial cases with scoliosis were with youth in advanced classical ballet training and in treatment programs at Newington Children's Hospital in Connecticut. One parent was on the faculty at Yale Medical School.

Analysis and corrective work focused on significant compensatory patterns and pain associated with secondary mechanical factors on a muscle-tendon level. It was found that muscle spasms directly contributed to antalgic patterns that appeared to limit the effectiveness of the orthopedic braces that the children used in conjunction with their therapy program.  Once we able to increase the elasticity of the affected spinal musculature, hypersensitivity was decreased and alignment corrections could be made.

One significant factor in children that participated in the classical ballet program with a genetic predisposition to scoliosis was limited hip turnout which contributed to torsional patterns of the pelvis and spine.  Though this topic is rarely discussed from an orthopedic standpoint, it is probable that incorrect repetitive alignment mechanics contribute to the deterioration rather then stabilization of the condition.

Note: All cases involved cross applications of biomechanical analysis, correction and retraining methods that were originally developed to enhance joint range of motion, flexibility and performance of the elite dancer and international athlete. We seek the participation and involvement of the medical community with both the assessment of potential cases that may benefit from our research as well as active participation throughout the course of consultations.

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