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Learn about our Center for Pediatric Bone Biology and Translational Research

A core mission of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is to conduct research that improves the care of children. Since 1921, the hospital has developed a deep reservoir of medical history, renowned expertise in treating pediatric orthopedic disorders, and a robust research program that fosters a strong collaboration between clinic and laboratory. Through patient-centered research, our scientists strive to define the fundamental cause of pediatric orthopedic disorders.

Watch this video to learn more about our Center for Pediatric Bone Biology and Translational Research.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Whitney, age 17 of Ruston, Louisiana

WhitneyWhitney, age 17 of Ruston, Louisiana, has been at patient with the prosthetics department at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2015. In her spare time, Whitney cheerleads on a pom squad and is an ambassador for the Amputee Coalition of America. Whitney hopes to one day start a business of training dogs and is currently training her dog, Maple, to be a therapy dog. Whitney has never been skiing, or to the mountains, so she is very excited for this new life experience and for getting to know the other teenage amputees that are going on the trip.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2016 will mark the 35th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences are given the opportunity to discover the joy of skiing and snowboarding, while gaining confidence with lifelong friends.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!

For more information about the annual Amputee Ski Trip, please visit tsrhc.org/annual-amputee-ski-trip.

What is Osteochondritis Dissecans? – TSRHC Sports Medicine

Watson didn’t know anything about osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) when he first came to see Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children sports medicine surgeon, Philip L. Wilson, M.D., he only knew that his knees hurt. But if you talk to him now, this young athlete knows all the symptoms to look out for and the importance of listening to your doctor when they say to rest.

WatsonWatson fondly remembers playing baseball and basketball with his friends in Longview. At 11 years old, he started to have pain in both knees, but he played on for several years. Eventually, the pain forced him to take a break. At this time, Watson sought help from the experts at Texas Scottish Hospital Sports Medicine Center. Shortly after meeting Dr. Wilson, Watson had surgery on both knees for OCD. Osteochondritis dissecans is the medical term for damage to the bone and soft covering of the surface of these bones. Unfortunately, there is not a clear picture of what causes this condition, but our experts are part of ongoing research for osteochondritis dissecans.

Since Watson was still growing, Dr. Wilson had to pay close attention to the growth in both of his legs. Working closely with John G. Birch, M.D., another pediatric orthopedic expert at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Dr. Wilson monitored Watson’s legs closely to be sure they continued to grow symmetrically. At one point, another procedure was performed to straighten one of his legs. Now, at 17, he is a busy and active teenager who loves to play golf without complaints or signs of OCD.

Watson has flourished as a golfer since leaving more traditional “team sports” to protect his knees. He looks back at his experience including multiple surgeries, weeks in a wheelchair, and months on crutches, and says:

This experience has been really humbling. I’m lucky it’s just a surgery and a wheelchair for a while here and there. Some kids are in wheelchairs all the time. I think this will really help me with my golf game, on a bad round, [I will think of this] and remember I could still be in a wheelchair.”

Watch for him on the golfing circuit. As a member of the North Texas PGA Junior Tour, Watson dreams of following in the footsteps of the top golfers he admires.

For information about osteochondritis dissecans and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishrite.org/sports-ocd.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Alfredo, age 17 of Mansfield

AlfredoAlfredo, age 17, of Mansfield, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) for five years. He has never been skiing or snowboarding before, but after seeing pictures of other ski trips is excited to go. Alfredo likes to draw, using everything from paint to charcoal to pencils. For his future career, Alfredo is considering becoming an orthopedist or going to Southwestern Oklahoma University to become a nurse.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2016 will mark the 35th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences are given the opportunity to discover the joy of skiing and snowboarding, while gaining confidence with lifelong friends.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!

For more information about the annual Amputee Ski Trip, please visit tsrhc.org/annual-amputee-ski-trip.

TSRHC to host the Pediatric Orthopaedic Education Series on Saturday, February 6

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) will host the Pediatric Orthopaedic Education Series in Dallas on Saturday, February 6.

Keeping Out of Trouble

The topic of this conference is “Keeping out of Trouble in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine – 
A Case-Based Approach to Avoiding Jeopardy.” This course is designed for pediatricians, family practitioners, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses and allied health professionals.

The TSRHC orthopedic staff will present lectures on topics ranging from trauma, musculoskeletal infection, back pain, scoliosis, hip disorders, rheumatologic conditions, sports injuries and more.

New This Year

Join us for an interactive experience including real-time audience polls and game show style Q&A. Make sure to bring your smart phone, so that you can engage with the presenters during the audience participation portion of their lectures. The Jeopardy! portion of the conference will feature pre-selected members of the pediatric community, who will test their knowledge of the day’s lessons and compete for top honors.

Register Now

This conference offers 6.25 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. On or before January 22, the registration fee is $100. After January 22, the fee increases to $125 and will be $150 at the door.

For more information or to register online, please visit community.tsrhc.org/POES-Dallas or call Chelsea Davidson at 469-878-1785.

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, the accredited sponsor, is jointly sponsoring this activity with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Christopher, age 14 of Grapevine

ChristopherChristopher, age 14, of Grapevine, Texas, was born missing the fibular bone of his left leg. He has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since he was two weeks old. After undergoing a Symes amputation, he adjusted quickly to his prosthesis and was walking by age 13 months. Now he runs track, cycles, plays baseball and competes in a variety of sports. For the past five years he has won numerous medals at the University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games, a qualifier for the Paralympics, and is a former TSRHC Dallas Marathon Junior Race Director. Christopher looks forward to making new friends, hitting the slopes and experiencing the trip with a TSRHC friend he made years ago — Dr. Tony Herring.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2016 will mark the 35th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences are given the opportunity to discover the joy of skiing and snowboarding, while gaining confidence with lifelong friends.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!

For more information about the annual Amputee Ski Trip, please visit tsrhc.org/annual-amputee-ski-trip.

**Christopher was recently featured in the Southlake Style. Read the article online.

Bracing Compliance Improves When Scoliosis Patients Know They’re Monitored

Study found adolescents wore braces longer and enjoyed better outcomes when tracking data shared

Adolescent scoliosis patients being treated with bracing were more likely to comply when they knew that the number of hours they wore their braces was being monitored and they were counseled on the results, according to a study published last week in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Kayden Triplett age 4 of Amarillo_06The research was conducted at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children by orthopedic staff surgeon Dr. Lori Karol, orthotists Donald Virostek and Kevin Felton, and researcher Lesley Wheeler.

The study found that patients who were counseled with the use of compliance data wore their braces an average of 13.8 hours per day. Patients who were unaware that their bracing was being monitored and were not counseled wore their braces an average of 10.8 hours a day. The patients who were counseled also had less curve progression than the patients who were not.

The study began with 222 patients who were divided into two groups. “In the counseled group, patients were aware of the compliance monitor in the brace and were counseled at each visit regarding downloaded brace-usage data,” according to the study’s methodology. “The patients in the non-counseled group were not told the purpose of the monitor in their brace, and the compliance data were not made available to the physician, orthotist or patient.”

The study builds on earlier research that found better outcomes for patients who followed the prescribed treatment regimen for brace wear. It was conducted to determine if monitoring and counseling would improve compliance.

“Providing patients undergoing bracing for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis with feedback about their compliance with brace wear improves that compliance,” researchers concluded. “[And] patients who wore their braces more hours per day had less curve progression … Compliance monitoring and counseling based on that monitoring should become part of the clinical orthotic management of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.”

For the full study, please visit http://jbjs.org/content/98/1/9.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Jazmyn age 17 of Irving

JAZ.1 copyJazmyn, age 17 of Irving, Texas, has been treated at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2013. Due to the development of Osteosarcoma in her bones, she now wears a full leg prosthesis. This will be Jazmyn’s second year going on the TSRHC ski trip and she is looking forward to skiing and all of the really good food. She had a blast last year, and she’s excited to be around friends that understand her everyday life struggles.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2016 will mark the 35th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences are given the opportunity to discover the joy of skiing and snowboarding, while gaining confidence with lifelong friends.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!

For more information about the annual Amputee Ski Trip, please visit tsrhc.org/annual-amputee-ski-trip.

How Occupational Therapy Can Help Your Child

What Is Occupational Therapy?

Occupations are all of the activities we do in our daily lives. For a child or adolescent, occupations include play, school, work, leisure activities and daily routines. Occupational therapy (OT) helps when a child’s disability or illness interferes with these activities.

Occupational Therapy Services at TSRHC

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) offers occupational therapy services for our patients and their unique needs. Occupational therapists are part of the multi-disciplinary team who work closely with your child’s doctor. Our occupational therapists are licensed professionals who have advanced training in many areas related to the orthopedic, developmental, neurological and rheumatology populations we serve at TSRHC. Additionally, several of our occupational therapists participate in on-going research projects within the hospital. OT services may be included as part of your child’s clinic appointment with the physician, their hospital stay or may be performed on an individualized outpatient basis.

Occupational therapy services that maybe ordered by the doctor include:

  • Daily activities training (such as dressing, bathing and toileting)
  • Adaptive equipment needed after surgery
  • Specialized rehabilitation to increase independence in functional activities
  • Upper-extremity (arm) splints
  • Clinical feeding evaluations for patients with an acute need
  • Upper-extremity prosthetic training
  • Transfer training and safe positioning
  • Custom wheelchairs and adaptive equipment

Occupational therapy can be extremely beneficial for patients with a variety of pediatric conditions. In addition to being able to enjoy more activities within their daily lives, children often develop a greater sense of independence and self-confidence when gaining new skills and abilities with help from OT. If you are interested in learning more about the occupational therapy services offered at Scottish Rite Hospital, we invite you to discuss options with your child’s medical team.

 

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Erika, age 17 of Wylie

ErikaErika, age 17 of Wylie, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2006. She had severe clubfeet as a child, which required amputation. Erika is most looking forward to seeing the old ski instructors from last year and getting to know new friends on the trip. She loves skiing and can’t wait to go on this once in a lifetime trip to be around people who she can easily relate to about everyday struggles and life.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2016 will mark the 35th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences are given the opportunity to discover the joy of skiing and snowboarding, while gaining confidence with lifelong friends.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!

For more information about the annual Amputee Ski Trip, please visit tsrhc.org/annual-amputee-ski-trip.