Although there are typically no signs or symptoms, a severe curvature of the spine can affect a teen’s quality of life as they grow into adulthood.
As a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Akron Children’s Hospital, Dr. Todd Ritzman is frequently asked whether his patients’ spinal problems, such as scoliosis, are caused by carrying heavy backpacks at school.
It’s long been touted calcium, vitamin D and exercise are necessary to build strong bones. But, there’s rising concern children and teens aren’t getting what their bodies need to build a rock-solid skeletal structure for life.
Working with synthetic “saw” bones and cadavers, about 80 orthopedic residents from Ohio and Pennsylvania recently received two days of hands-on training led by Akron Children’s nationally-ranked pediatric orthopedic surgery team.