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23rd Annual International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST)

July 13 – 16, 2016
Washington, D.C., USA

The International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST), an annual conference sponsored by the Scoliosis Research Society, includes spine surgeons, allied health professionals and researchers from across the globe to discuss new and innovative spine techniques. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is being represented at IMAST 2016 by orthopedists Dr. Dan Sucato and Dr. Steve Richards, researcher Dr. Hong Zhang, and research coordinator Dong Tran. Among hundreds of submissions from institutions across the country, the work of our doctors and researchers has been selected for two podium presentations.

Sucato 2012 - 2x3“IMAST is a slightly different meeting than some of the other spine meetings we participate in because innovative and newer techniques are the focus of the meeting with ‘outside the box’ presentations and discussions”, says Sucato. Scottish Rite Hospital continues to be seen on the national stage. The opportunity to showcase our work is tremendously fulfilling, however, knowing that it can directly affect the care of a child makes it that much more rewarding.

The first presentation was authored by Eray Kilinc M.D., Dong-Phuong Tran, M.S., and Charles Johnston, M.D., analyzes 120 AIS (Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis) patients with specific types of curve patterns of the spine. The objective of the study is to understand whether there is a significant difference between using more vs. using less implants to correct the curve. By using less implants, the research has shown that although the results show that fewer screws achieve slightly less overall curve correction, overall satisfaction scores for both patients with more screws and less screws were similar.

Charles Johnston, M.D., Kelly Jeans, M.S., Dong-Phuong Tran, M.S., and Anna McClung, R.N.,B.S.N., authored the second selected presentation. This study evaluated EOS (Early Onset Scoliosis) patients who have undergone growing rod treatment. The objective was to assess whether children with EOS were able to keep up with their peers based on a graded exercise test. The study builds on earlier research, which has shown that children who have undergone extensive treatment are thought to have limited capacity regarding physical activity. The study included 12 patients who were tested while walking at a self-selected speed over-ground and then during a graded exercise test. In conclusion, our researchers discovered that patients with EOS are not only able to keep up with their peers while walking around their communities, but they also have the capacity to exercise.

For more information on our research initiatives, please visit scottishritehospital.org/research.

Summer Colors Art Auction: Meet the 2016 Artists, Part V

Summer Colors, now in its eighth year, was an idea born out of passion for both art and the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Founded in 2009 by Jenny and Loren Koziol and Jill and Dupree Scovell, this silent art auction raises awareness about the hospital, while also exposing the Dallas community to up and coming local artists. To date, Summer Colors has raised more than $66,000 for the hospital.

Each year, local artists donate original pieces of art to be featured in the auction, with all the proceeds benefiting Scottish Rite Hospital. Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to all of the artists.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Scottish Rite Hospital. Additional information can be found at community.tsrhc.org/summer-colors.

Meet our second round of artists below! Please note: all photos of the art are shown as examples of their work. 

You can also view the rest of the artists in other posts:

LORI CUSICK

They’re Home!Background/Bio: In 2002, Lori decided to follow her life’s passion and recommitted herself to painting. At this time, she first engaged in plein air painting. “The challenges presented by painting nature while being part of that nature have taught me a tremendous amount about studying light and manipulating paint.” The one constant through her paintings: her energetic spontaneous brushstroke, applying paint with a confident contemporary approach.

Lori resides in Dallas, a long way from the mountains of New York where she was born and raised. She attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, earning a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. Over the following years, Lori successfully pursued a career as a commercial artist designing for advertising agencies and running her own design studio. She is currently Design Director for the award-winning Private Clubs magazine. You see the influence of her commercial career in her exciting compositions … silhouettes of the world.

Inspiration: Nature and the ever changing light.

MICAH SAN JUAN

Micah San Juan ArtA graduate of Harding University School of Art and Design, Micah San Juan works as a production artist by day for Fossil Group, but immerses himself in his passion for painting when it comes to raising awareness on community issues. He is a 5 year member of Resounding Harmony (a philanthropic choral group) and has also used his love of charity to do works for Big Thought, The American Heart Association of North Texas, The Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas as well as Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

I find inspiration from classic commercial artists like sign painters, illustrators and printmakers and well as the street artists from round the world.

CHRISTOPHER J. MILLER

While many artists take their craft from traditional to digital, CJ Miller’s artistic journey has been quite the opposite.  CJ Miller, the nom de guerre of Christopher J. Miller, founded the marketing communications firm Rainmaker Advertising more than 20 years ago.  His initial artistic training is rooted in computer graphics, marketing and visual communication but in 2000 he decided to explore traditional fine arts.

Christopher Miller -cjmiller_ontherocksThis journey began with several years tutoring/training with Mary Kathryn Collins, a Dallas artist and instructor who supported Mr. Miller in uncovering his unique artistic identity – sort of like uncovering your artistic thumbprint.  For the last six years, he’s taken annual sabbaticals to train with Virginia Cobb in her Santa Fe, New Mexico, artist workshop.  Ms. Cobb is known for her unique technique, detailed in her book, “Uncovering the Hidden Eye: Experiments in Water Media,” which is a result of years of teaching experimental workshops.  She believes that every painting is an experiment, a philosophy Mr. Miller has embraced as a way to gain a deeper, more personal perception of the physical world.

Mr. Miller continues to explore methods of utilizing different tools and materials.  He has experimented with mixed-media, graphite, chalk and crayon, and matte finished acrylics on canvas, wood and Strathmore 500 Bristol Board.  He believes that painting is a spiritual expression which reflects his current vibration and belief systems.

Joanne HerdaJOANNE “JOJO” HERDA

Rocket scientist turned self-taught abstract artist utilizing a blend of the analytical mind and artistic passion to create harmonious balance of color on canvas with compassion and diligence. Artwork is created for the individual collector, clients of leading interior design and non-profit organizations. JoJo was honored to be named a Fashion Group Internal of Dallas 2016Rising Star Nominee in Art.

Inspiration: Artwork inspiration is drawn from life experiences, 80’s flare, and the color found in everyday objects.

NANCY FERRO

Ferro. READ. jpgNancy began her studies of art at Hockaday, continued them at The University of Dallas. There, her MA and MFA were in printmaking and drawing. Later she learned the art of painting with beeswax, encaustic painting, from The Encaustic Center in Richardson and Truro Center for the Arts in Provincetown, MA. And was recently accepted to The Vermont Studio Residency.

She is a long life resident of Dallas and has lived and worked there over the years, both in Deep Elm, at The Continental Gin Building, and now in her studio near White Rock Lake. She has exhibited in galleries, competitions and museums, throughout the states: Chicago, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Morro Bay, Provincetown, and St. Louis.

Her work has always been about including some concept, or part of the past, while dealing with the present. She enjoys mixed media as well as incorporating various processes.

CAROLINE QUISENBERRY

Constantly in need of a “creative outlet”, I would often find new project and hobbies to test drive. The day I was introduced to jewelry, jewelry design, and a paintbrush was the day I realized I could put my biggest passions of creative design, the arts, and crafting into a tangible product to give back to the world.

Caroline Quisenberry- IMG_1772My personal relationship with design has evolved into a love and passion I incorporate into every aspect of my life, both personally and professionally. Throughout my professional life, I have broadened my creative abilities through even planning, jewelry designs, painting, branding, business development, client relations, and marketing. Alongside my professional life, I have grown my design skills through my jewelry and painting business, CLQ Designs.

CLQ Designs offers custom jewelry design, jewelry redesign, and abstract acrylic paintings, while catering to the client’s style, need and budget! CLQ Designs offers the best of both worlds – unique handcrafted jewelry and art sure to make you and your home the statement piece at your next event and a price point that won’t send you running for the hills! I want my clients to be able to call me on a random Tuesday and ask if I can design them something new because they need to “spoil” themselves.

Since childhood, my creativity and passion for design has fueled my drive to explore new experiences, learn new skill sets, and cultivate meaningful relationships. For me, the most exciting and rewarding part of CLQ Designs is knowing that I am not limited to what I can learn, design and create. I love getting together with my clients to get our creative wheels turning together in order to design their one of a kind piece from CLQ Designs. I love the challenge of design and thrive off creativity (I can’t get enough of it!).

ISABELLE PIERCE

Isabelle PierceI graduated from Wake Forest this past May with a minor in studio art and major in non-profit business. I had not been an art student since I was in the 5th grade, but I fell in love with the studio while taking a divisional. I took several oil classes and sculpture classes. I was hooked on using my hands and the tangible experience of creating something new.

I recently moved back to Dallas and have continued to paint, doing several commissions and projects. I started exploring mixed media by integrating acrylic and mod podge into my pieces. I paint in my backyard with my two dogs.

Inspiration: I am influenced by the places I interact with. Nature is a broad term, but I like to focus on places I am and have been and the experience of being in that place. People, sounds, textures, and emotional responses are just some of the things that make up a place.

“Walk it off, it’s just an ankle sprain.”…. Or is it? – Fracture Clinic Tips

The ankle is one of the most commonly injured body parts in children of all ages. An ankle sprain usually occurs when the ligaments, which support the three ankle bones, are stretched beyond their normal limits. This often occurs when the ankle is twisted or rolled inwards. When this happens, the ligaments can stretch or even tear, and oftentimes a “pop” is reported to be heard or felt at the time of the injury. When a child or adolescent with open growth plates twists or rolls their ankle, it can actually result in a fracture of the growth plate rather than a sprain to the ligament.

Ray Kleposki, a Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Fracture Clinic Nurse Practitioner, tells us, “An evaluation by a pediatric orthopedic specialist can help to prevent potential complications. Usually X-rays are required to make a diagnosis and treatment will depend on multiple factors, including the specific type of injury and age of the patient.”

Not all ankle injuries are preventable; however, there are some steps you can take to decrease the risk. Be sure your child:

  1. wears appropriate shoes for each activity, e.g. do not run in sandals or flip flops.
  2. has properly fitting shoes that are tied or fastened correctly.
  3. warms up and stretches prior to sporting events, including practices.
  4. plays on well-maintained fields without divots or large holes.

Bumps and bruises are a normal part of kids being kids! However, if your child has an ankle injury or broken bone, you may call our fracture clinic directly at 469-515-7200. To learn more about our Fracture Clinic, visit scottishritehospital.org/fracture.

Summer Colors Art Auction: Meet the 2016 Artists, Part IV

Summer Colors, now in its eighth year, was an idea born out of passion for both art and the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Founded in 2009 by Jenny and Loren Koziol and Jill and Dupree Scovell, this silent art auction raises awareness about the hospital, while also exposing the Dallas community to up and coming local artists. To date, Summer Colors has raised more than $66,000 for the hospital.

Each year, local artists donate original pieces of art to be featured in the auction, with all the proceeds benefiting Scottish Rite Hospital. Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to all of the artists.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Scottish Rite Hospital. Additional information can be found at community.tsrhc.org/summer-colors.

Meet our second round of artists below! Please note: all photos of the art are shown as examples of their work. 

You can also view the rest of the artists in other posts:

Avery Hall - IMG_8988AVERY HALL

Background: I am a sophomore at Highland Park High School interested in art and animation. I want to pursue a career in animation.

Inspiration: I am inspired by music and animate works.

 

CHRISTI MERIL

Christi Meril has been creating mixed media art filled with simple and connectable images since 2006.  She has devoted herself as an artist to create images that speak to the eye and heart of the beholder.  Her artwork is filled with modern yet timeless pieces full of life, self-reflection and love.  Over the years, her work has appeared in ArtHouse Dallas, The Thrift Studio, Dallas, The Dallas Flea, The Jewish Art Fest of Dallas, Arts and Tarts, open shows at the 500X Gallery and sold locally.  She is also found in personal collections from California to New York and abroad. Christi resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband, two daughters, two standard poodles and English bulldog.

To see her art, please visit cmerilart.com.

AMEE CALLOWAY

When it comes to art and design, I truly just paint what makes me happy. I really donʼt have any set rules which allows me to experiment with abstracts but also try my hand at a portrait or landscape too. Trying new techniques and playing with different color combinations is my favorite part about this process. I just keep painting and tweaking until the piece feels balanced to me. My inspiration comes from my everyday life… it might be colors from an amazing interior design, a fun fashion layout, or even a sporting event. I work primarily with acrylics and mixed mediums to create layers of depth and texture. I still paint almost all of my work with a big blank wall in my own home in mind! My husband and I both grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. After moving around from Chicago to Virginia, we have settled in Dallas with our three boys(lots of sports to inspire me!) I canʼt imagine a day in my life without a little paint in it!

CATHERINE FEEHAN

In her own words: I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and as far back as I can remember, I have been interested in art. As a child, I loved to draw and color, and I was always told by others that I was artistic. It wasn’t until the late nineties when I was teaching ESL to pre-kindergarten children, that I rekindled my true passion for art. When teaching, I often created my own props to go with my lessons, and it occurred to me that this part of my job was extremely rewarding and it was then that I decided to go back to school to pursue an art degree. After some investigation, I discovered the perfect field….art education! I already had the education background, and that would sustain me through the art study.

Catherine FeehanI started back to night school the next fall and I learned so much about the various aspects of art, that during the Thanksgiving holiday, I visited Italy to see some of the Renaissance masterpieces by Michelangelo, DaVinci, and others. I knew immediately that I would somehow find a way to return to Europe to study more art. The following spring, my ESL job was reduced to a half-day, but there was also a position opening for a half-day art teacher, as well. I took the ESL/ART position and began my career as an art teacher. I learned many practical things such as how to use a kiln, how to order art supplies, etc.

I also managed to return to Europe for the next two summers to complete my twelve elective courses in study abroad programs. The first summer I studied in Venice where I learned about techniques and materials of Venetian art, as well as paintings by the great masters such as Titian, Tintoretto, Bellini, and Veronese. The next summer was spent in the south of France where I studied impressionism and Post Impressionism and traced the paths of Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso, Signac, and others.

After teaching prekindergarten for several years, I transferred to a middle school and began teaching a half day of ESL and a half day of art. After two years, I became a full-time art teacher and remained in this position until I retired. I spent the next fe years completing my dissertation, which involved a study of three contemporary art museums in Texas, and the correlation between their exhibits and societal change. It was during this time that I developed a love and appreciation for contemporary and abstract art, an area that had previously been somewhat of a mystery to me.

Last summer I took a course on art and its markets at Sotheby’s Art Institute in London, England. It helped me to further understand how art is simply and expression of oneself, and how one views the world. There is no right or wrong, no good or bad, just one’s own artistic interpretation of life. That brings me to today, where I currently reside in Dallas, Texas. I have a small art studio where I spend most days painting and experiencing the joy and freedom that comes through self-expression.

Kristin O'Keefe- image3KRISTIN O’KEEFE

B.A. in art from Hastings College in Hastings, NE. I’m a jack of all trades and a master of none.

Inspired by ordinary moments, rainy days, and quietness.

CHRISTINA SANCHEZ

In her own words: The gentle flame of my creativity has always been kindled through imagination and storytelling. As a child I would often sketch out half written stories inspired by my surroundings, which continued as I grew into a young adult.Christina Sanchez -Illustration Sample 02 I graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012 with a BFA degree in animation in hopes to pursue a career that would kindle my passion. I moved back to my home town in Texas and became a motion graphics artist at a small company. After creating many corporate-type videos, I realized that my creative fire was going out. I had been stuck in my comfort zone for a year and a half, and I felt like God was telling me it was finally time to step out. So, I left my job without any clue as to what to do next. I believed that God would not leave me in the desert to wander aimlessly with no manna to eat. He knows what he is doing! Many doors of opportunity began to open, and I discovered that my love for art and storytelling as a child was something I wanted to pursue. I realized that my vibrantly colorful and whimsical artwork brings joy to both children and adults, and is a reflection of God’s light, laughter and child-like delight. I am now a freelance children’s book illustrator and I am continuing to follow the path God continues to light for me.

Inspiration: I am first inspired by God and all of his wonders, whether it is through the vibrant colors of the galaxy or through the messages of beautifully orchestrated music. I also draw inspiration from many concept/development artists who work on animated films that tell a story and from children’s book illustrators as well.

What is Baseline Testing for Sports Concussions? – Scottish Rite Hospital Sports Medicine

Many studies suggest that access to baseline information when monitoring post-injury symptoms and deciding when a student athlete is ready to return to school or sports is helpful. Though this concept is useful with all diagnoses, it is most frequently utilized to manage return to learn and return to play after sports concussions.

Baseline testing is a common term used to describe objective information that is gathered before the season begins. This may include tests of skills we can see like balance, speed or coordination. However, many use the term “baseline testing” to reference neurocognitive testing, specifically. These tests are typically done on a computer or one-on-one with a psychologist and they evaluate how the brain performs skills we can’t see such as remembering, solving problems, reacting quickly and paying attention. All of these skills are particularly important to student athletes, both in school and on the field. After a concussion, performance on these tasks is worse than at baseline.

With this information, a physician can compare the athlete’s pre-injury performance with results from the same tests performed after a head injury. Therefore, decisions for care can be customized rather than comparing the athlete to others in his or her age group. Though baseline computerized neurocognitive testing is helpful, it is not the only tool used to determine when a student is ready for class or when an athlete is ready to return to the field.

Some schools have programs that require athletes to participate in preseason testing, but some do not. For young athletes in settings that do not provide baseline testing, The Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children offers this service in our clinic for athletes ages 10 and up. Please call 469-515-7100 for more information, or request an appointment online.

For information about sports concussions and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Summer Colors Art Auction: Meet the 2016 Artists, Part III

Summer Colors, now in its eighth year, was an idea born out of passion for both art and the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Founded in 2009 by Jenny and Loren Koziol and Jill and Dupree Scovell, this silent art auction raises awareness about the hospital, while also exposing the Dallas community to up and coming local artists. To date, Summer Colors has raised more than $66,000 for the hospital.

Each year, local artists donate original pieces of art to be featured in the auction, with all the proceeds benefiting Scottish Rite Hospital. Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to all of the artists.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Scottish Rite Hospital. Additional information can be found at community.tsrhc.org/summer-colors.

Meet our second round of artists below! Please note: all photos of the art are shown as examples of their work. 

You can also view the rest of the artists in other posts:

ALLYSON HALL

Allyson Hall happily tabled her career as a journalist for the adventures of motherhood almost nine years ago. Four babies later, the youngest finally on board the “potty train,” she finally figured out what she wanted to be when she grew up. Allyson followed the pull to turn her creativity into a professional pursuit that excited her every day. It started with photography. She loves capturing the unexpected moment, the unposed expression on faces. Her Nikon is like a fifth child — it goes everywhere with her.

About face silhouettes is an extension of Allyson’s passion for photography, a new use for the thousands of .jpgs that were building up in her photo library. She was looking for a fresh medium to capture the images of her children and remembered the great black and white silhouettes of Allyson as a kid.

By first photographing her subjects’ profiles, she has a fixed moment from which she can trace a detailed silhouette. Allyson takes her time, putting great care into precisely cutting the slope of a nose, the pout of the lips or the curl in the hair. This is what sets an “about face” original apart from many other silhouettes. The greatest compliment she has received comes from clients who say they can fill in the rest of the silhouetted face’s features with their mind’s eye.

Allyson uses sturdy colored cardstock to give her silhouettes a modern vibe and to provide her clients another opportunity to express their individuality. So that’s what Allyson is about. She hopes that her work adds a splash of color to your walls and makes you smile.

PHYLLIS MABUS

Background in her own words: Studied oil painting under Clara Stovall at the Garrett Art Gallery in McKinney. (7 Years) Studied one semester under Janet Reynolds. Took drawing (MLA) at SMU.

Inspiration: I am in love with color! When I retired from teaching, I never expected to find something as meaningful to my soul as painting. I discovered God’s world in a whole new way. Though I only paint as my schedule allows, it is one of my greatest joys. I paint from my husband’s photographs, which are another inspiration. We are becoming nature lovers and so appreciate what God provides for us every day.

LAURA RUNGE

In her own words: I am a Texas native and earned a BA in Journalism from Baylor University. After many years in the corporate world, I took the leap of faith to pursue my lifelong passion as a self-taught artist. I am now a full time, working artist and dedicate my days to painting and searching for creative avenues in everything I do.

IMG_8946.JPGInspiration: My passions are creating and inspiring, and I wake up each day in hopes of combining the two in every endeavor. I paint in acrylics, often combining stains and metallic leafs and powders into my pieces. I am drawn to objects that reflect movement, and this is incorporated into my works. Finding beauty in unusual objects and places, I use unconventional tools and techniques to create imaginative, one-of-a-kind works of art. My goal is to create a painting for the buyer that will add flair and a special dimension to the space where it will reside.

MEGAN ADAMS BROOKS

Inspired by patterns and textures in the natural world, Megan Adams Brooks creates abstract paintings on silk that reflect the beauty found throughout nature. Brooks began painting interior scapes on canvas early in her career. It was through depicting the fabrics and patterns in a room that she discovered her fascination with fabrics, which led her to designing custom textiles.

From there, Brooks found her true passion for the silk medium. Painting on silk, similar to watercolor, provides many opportunities for unexpected challenges and happy accidents. The process is time-sensitive, multi-layered and endlessly inventive. Brooks’ unique method of self-expression fulfills her unending obsession to create.

Brooks’ work has been exhibited at Art Basel in Miami and McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) at 3120 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX. Her work hangs in public and private collections, nationally and internationally. Brooks holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree in painting and drawing from Southern Methodist University and a Master’s of Fine Art degree from the University of North Texas. She lives and works in Dallas, TX.

HILARY DONNELLY

In her own words: Born and raised in the Northeast countryside, I grew up climbing trees, pocketing frogs, and collecting bird feathers. Adventuring in my backyard as a child brought a freedom that I have rediscovered through creating art. Most of my adult life was dedicated to the study of clinical psychology, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and a Master of Art in Clinical Hilary DonnellyPsychology. The healing journey of becoming a psychotherapist as well as Buddhist pilgrimages to Japan and India provided the necessary steps toward an unfolding of self that allowed my awakening to art. Playing with color, design, and texture brought me back to the bliss I felt as a child exploring my natural environment. Soon after complete immersion into art classes and workshops, my achievements attained recognition. I received the Studio Art Award from Cabrillo College and 2nd prize at SCAL’s 79th Annual Statewide Exhibition, Irreplaceable Places: Contemporary Landscape Painters. I also been invited and accepted into various group shows, including Santa Cruz Open Studios, a regional juried event that educates the public about the arts.

When a surprise injury limited my physical abilities, I surrendered to the moment and began to experiment with leftover materials such as nails and paper, allowing the process to be the focal point rather than the visual goal. My approach continues to reside in the moment as I merge a variety of materials into my own order, often salvaging objects and coaxing beauty from their parts. Once an idea has been explored or a material exhausted, I start a new project. This style encourages me to remain in a beginner’s mindset, full of wonder and possibility.

ANDREA NETTI

Andrea Netti- image3Background in her own words: I was diagnosed with scoliosis at 12-years-old and my doctors referred me to Scottish Rite where I later had a spinal fusion surgery. The incredible team at Scottish Rite helped me make the most of my recovery over summer vacation by bringing arts and crafts projects to my room. During this time I found great therapeutic relief through art, ad it has been my go-to source for joy.


 

 


 

Get to Know Our SRH Staff – Medical Consultation Coordinators Spotlight

In this “Get to know Our SRH Staff” series, we will be introducing you to various departments at our hospital and spotlighting some of our staff members.

Meet our Medical Consultation Coordinators

(L to R): Robin O’Neal, Terry Murphy, Claudia Parra

  • Their role at the hospital: The Medical Consultation Coordinator’s role involves facilitating the coordination of off-site medical appointments for evaluations, tests and procedures that are not offered here at Scottish Rite Hospital and are essential for assessment and treatment of the whole child by our staff.
  • How many combined years of service do they have? 71 years between the three of them
  • What is the best way to reach this department? You can contact them at 214-559-7490.
  • Fun fact about their department: In our program, they are called the “Three Stooges.”

Thank you, Medical Consultation Coordinators for all you do for Scottish Rite Hospital!

Monkeying Around – Scottish Rite Hospital’s Fracture Clinic

Even though falls can happen from anywhere, one of the more frequent injuries we see in our fracture clinic is a fall from the monkey bars. In a child’s first year, they develop a reflex called the parachute reflex. This means that when with the sensation of a fall, the child naturally extends his or her arms to protect the upper body from the impact.

As upper body strength develops, children become more adventurous on playground equipment. They climb higher and faster, and just as quickly, their risk of injury grows. We know that falls from higher distances and using equipment in ways it was not intended cause more injuries. On the playground, the most frequent injuries from these falls are to the arm, the very thing that is designed to protect the body.

Fortunately, broken bones in the wrist, elbow and upper arm in children heal well in most cases. Proper diagnosis and early management are critical. For children, like Ellie, a cast for a short time is all that was needed. For others, surgery may be required to return the arm to its normal position, or to hold it in a good place during healing. Gerad Montgomery, M.S.N., F.N.P.-C., tells us “as pediatric specialists, we only treat children and that gives us the experience and knowledge to determine which injuries will heal safely and which ones might need additional intervention.”

Though we know we can’t stop all playground injuries, here are a few tips for reducing the risk of broken arms from a fall. Children should:

  • Use properly sized equipment for his or her age.
  • Use equipment as it is intended.
  • Not skip rungs when swinging across monkey bars.
  • Not climb on top of monkey bars or outside equipment.
  • Only climb on equipment over mulch or rubberized surfaces.
  • Be supervised during play on any climbing equipment.

For more tips on playground safety, please visit our previous post.

Bumps and bruises are sometimes a normal part of kids being kids! However, if your child breaks a bone, you can call Scottish Rite Hospital’s Fracture Clinic directly at 469-515-7200. To learn more about our fracture clinic, please visit scottishritehospital.org/fracture.

Excelling in Spine Research – #ScoliosisAwarenessMonth

Spinal conditions, such as scoliosis, can take many forms and vary in severity. Since the 1970s, our hospital has been an advocate for and leader in research and treatment of spinal disorders in pediatric patients. Discover why the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay/Martha and Pat Beard Center for Excellence in Spine Research at TSRHC remains the nation’s premier center for spinal deformity research.

Center for a Team of Talent Collaborations

The purpose is to bring a number of different talented people in various disciplines to the table to try to answer the unanswerable questions we have in spine deformity today.

“There are a lot of treatment strategies — I call it tools in your toolbox — and we pick the right tool for each individual patient and case,” adds staff orthopedist Dr. Amy McIntosh. “But the beautiful thing about [TSRHC] and the Center for Excellence in Spine Research is all of the tools are available.”

Along with talent and tools, there’s another important T in the equation: the team approach that lies at the heart of the center’s mission and vision. Whether they’re being treated by physicians, nurses, or in-clinic orthotists, TSRHC patients receive only the best from the professionals working in these disciplines to provide treatment for scoliosis.

Putting Orthopedic Experts on the Research Front

The addition of Dr. Carol Wise as director of basic research has further advanced TSRHC’s research aims. Indeed, Wise was one of the first researchers to identify a gene for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. “The end result we’re hoping for,” Dr. Wise says, “is to cure this disorder — to treat it non-invasively so that we’re not taking children into surgery to correct a deformity of their spine.”

Treatments as Personal as Patients Themselves

Because each patient who comes to TSRHC is a distinct individual, no two treatment options are the same. However, what does remain the same is the unparalleled level of care that the TSRHC team dedicates to each patient.

Overall, Dr. Sucato says, the TSRHC team aims to prevent scoliosis from intensifying, thus preventing intensive treatments. But when surgeries are required, the team dedicates itself to making them as safe as possible: “The most important thing we do is we ask, ‘What are the important clinical questions we have for our patients? What are the answers that we don’t have today that we can research today so we have a better answer for tomorrow?'”‘

Watch this video below to learn more about our Center for Excellence in Spine Research:

Female Athlete Triad – What you need to know

The name, female athlete triad, suggests that there are three separate components to this condition. However, further research and studies have led experts at the Female Athlete Triad Coalition* to change their approach in making this diagnosis. Now, the three components are each considered on a spectrum and are thought to be interrelated.

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All of these concerning signs are a result of some imbalance in energy intake and expenditure, affecting the energy availability. This is particularly apparent in athletes competing:

  • In endurance sports.
  • At elite levels.
  • In sports where figure or weight is emphasized.
  • Under performance pressure from coaches/parents.

What Jane S. Chung, M.D. wants parents of young athletes to know is that athletes 11-17 years old are in an important phase of growth and optimizing bone health. It is during this window that bones will achieve more than 90% of their peak bone mass, and a well-balanced diet including sufficient calcium and vitamin D intake is important. Athletes with high energy expenditure are at the greatest risk of developing the signs and symptoms of the female athlete triad because they may unintentionally fail to meet their bodies’ energy needs.

To this point, research has focused mainly on female athletes and cannot be applied directly to male athletes, however, males may present similar signs and symptoms. The Female Athlete Triad Coalition has agreed upon a list of concerning signs and symptoms in female athletes. If you notice these in your young athlete or her teammates, please speak up.

  • Extreme weight loss or excessive worry about weight
  • Absent, delayed or irregular menses
  • Recurrent stress injuries such as stress reaction or stress fractures
  • Restrictive or unusual eating behaviors

For information about Dr. Jane Chung and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

*Dr. Chung is an active member of the Female Athlete Triad Coalition, an international multi-disciplinary organization aimed to promote healthy behaviors in female athletes through collaboration, education, research, and policy change. Read more about the coalition on their website femaleathletetriad.org.