When she takes center stage, Chloe Mershimer is standing a little taller these days. Six months ago, the 15-year-old dancer and cheerleader from New Middletown had a spinal fusion to correct scoliosis or curvature of the spine. Now after making a full recovery, she’s 1 ¼ inches taller and able to fully resume the activities […]
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.