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Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Curvature of the Spine


Mark Flood, DO practices at Cardon Children's Medical Center.

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Full Transcription – Idiopathic Scoliosis Video

Text:  This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. Banner Health © 

Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text: Banner Health Presents: Ask the Expert - Banner Health ©

Image:  Dr. Mark Flood on-camera, speaks.

             Mark Flood, D.O. Cardon Children’s Medical Center

Audio:  “Idiopathic scoliosis is a curvature of the spine and occurs in approximately 2-5%…”

Text: Occurs in 2-5% of Adolescent Children

Audio:  “…of adolescent children.”

Image: Deformed spine.

Text: Affects Breathing if Untreated Can Cause Cosmetic Deformity

Audio:  “These curves can affect the children’s ability to breathe if untreated and also results in a cosmetic deformity.”

Image: Effect on posture with curvature disorder.

Text:  Catch the Curve Early

Audio:  “Here at the center, we try to catch the curve early so that we can prevent the curve from progressing to the point where it needs surgery.”

Image: X-ray image of early curvature disorder.

Text:   Most Children do not Require Surgical Intervention

Audio:  “Most children with scoliosis will not require surgical intervention. It’s our goal to catch the curve in the earlier stages when bracing will be effective.”

Text: Pediatricians - School Nurses

Image: Over upbeat image of two boys relaxing on grass outside.

Audio:  “We work closely with the pediatricians, as well as school nurses to catch these curves…”

Image: Dr. Mark Flood, speaking:

Text: Screening Tests, School Physical, Sports Physical

Audio:   “…through screening tests whether be a school physical or a sports physical to catch the curve early enough where we can accurately intervene.”

Slide: Skeletal model of spine

Audio:  “Or if a surgery is required, we have a team of physicians here and other ancillary providers…”

Image: Young boy smiling

Text:  Physical therapy, pediatric pain team, respiratory therapy

Audio:  “…of physical therapy, a pediatric pain team, respiratory therapy…”

Image: X-ray image of curved spine

Audio:  “…all these specialists help to make sure that the surgery is done safely. We also use intraoperative monitoring …”


Audio:  “…so that when surgery is required, we monitor the spinal chord throughout the procedure…”

Image: Illustrations of normal spine versus curved spine


Audio:  “…to make sure there are no neurologic complications during the procedure.”

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Page Last Modified: 08/05/2013
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