New Genetic Test Predicts Scoliosis Progression

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Medical researchers estimate that moderate to severe scoliosis can decrease overall life expectancy by 14 years, a stunning statistic to say the least. Now, a new genetic laboratory test can predict if a child's scoliosis will become a moderate or severe problem.

The Scoliscore genetic test helps identify high risk children much earlier.

"It's not often that breakthroughs like this translate into immediate benefit for patients. This test helps us eliminate unnecessary treatment, and hopefully avoid the tremendous expenses associated with scoliosis surgery..."

Scoliosis affects about 3% of the US population per year. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that can cause pressure on vital organs, including the lungs and heart. Medical researchers estimate that moderate to severe scoliosis can decrease overall life expectancy by 14 years, a stunning statistic to say the least. Now, a new genetic laboratory test can predict if a child's scoliosis will become a moderate or severe problem.

According to Dr. Mark Morningstar, DC, of Grand Blanc, "This is a major breakthrough in the treatment of scoliosis. This test can identify those children who need early intervention treatment, in hopes of preventing invasive scoliosis surgery." "Additionally," explained Morningstar, "it allows us to monitor those kids who don't have this genetic marker for scoliosis without requiring expensive, and ultimately unnecessary, treatment."

This genetic test, created by a company called Axial Biotech, identifies a specific gene that can accurately predict whether or not a child's spinal curvature will get worse to the point that it may require conventional treatment like bracing or surgery. This test, as findings from a recent study suggest, is accurate 98% of the time in children classified as high risk by their orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, or chiropractor.

Dr. Morningstar continued, "It's not often that breakthroughs like this can translate into immediate benefit for patients. However, this test helps us eliminate unnecessary treatment, and hopefully avoid the tremendous expenses associated with scoliosis surgery by beginning an early intervention scoliosis treatment, at a dramatically reduced cost."

The scoliosis genetic test is available at the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Center in Grand Blanc. For more information on the scoliosis test, please call 810.694.3576.

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