The first time Annabelle Mighton, age 16, dislocated her knee, she watched it happen in real time. “There are mirrors everywhere in the dance studio where I practice ballet,” she said. “I saw my left knee shift out of place, then move back into place. It was shocking, but not terribly painful. My knee swelled […]
Of all the medical specialties, orthopedic surgery is arguably the most physically demanding. Pushing bones back into place requires brute force, while long surgery sessions demand stamina – which may explain why orthopedics is one of the few medical specialties still male-dominated. Today only 4% of board-certified orthopedic surgeons are women. Dr. Sheryl Handler at […]
Emily Parkinson turned her deep thoughts, wisdom and experiences since being diagnosed with scoliosis 3 years ago into a piece of art that’s an inspiration to others. The poster, entitled Scoliosis Strong, is a series of encouraging words wrapped around a picture of an S-shaped spine, representing the curve of her own backbone.
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.