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Some Treatments Too Good to be True

Some Treatments Too Good to be True
Dr. Jonathan F. Camp sets the record straight on alternatives to typical scoliosis treatments

(LAS VEGAS)— No hospitalization. No surgery. No bracing. No way.

According to Jonathan Camp, MD, a pediatric spine surgeon specializing in scoliosis at Children’s Bone and Spine Surgery, treatments touting alternatives to the traditional scoliosis treatments of bracing and surgery are a farce.

“As soon as parents find out their child has scoliosis and needs surgery, they become desperate,” said Camp. “They will do anything to avoid having their child undergo surgery. When they learn of other avenues, be it Online or other, it is easy to get taken advantage of and spend money on something that won’t work. Groups that offer this only hurt the parents, the children with scoliosis and the medical community.”

One such center provides examples of successful treatments accomplished through its eight years in service. But, Camp points out, while they have these examples, it is hard to tell if the patients ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos are the same people and the three cases the group documents simply shows X-rays, along with naked backs.

The Center claims it treats scoliosis patients through a unique method of vibration and decompression of the spine, spinal manipulation, isometric gymnastics, massage therapy, acupressure, nutritional therapy, electrical stimulation, thermal-magnet-therapy, bio-feedback and bio-mechanical correction of lifestyles.

“Even the successful cases they document, there is little change from the original photo to the photo following treatment,” said Camp. “Traditional treatment would provide a complete or near complete correction to the spine rather than the outcomes they have achieved.”

Camp provides an open door with his patients—if they research and find information on alternative treatments, he sits with them and goes over it in detail, explaining to them fact versus fiction.

“There is such a prevailing distrust in the medical community because of groups claiming bogus methods for treatment,” he said. “It is a common misconception that the medical community has an axe to grind with alternative medical treatments because of a financial interest. The truth is, if it works, we will use it.”

In the meantime, Camp advises parents questioning alternative treatments to consult with their doctors before deciding to utilize anything other than what is recommended.

“The majority of the time, these claims are false,” he said. “Not only that, they are immoral, unethical and wastes patients time while they get worse.”

Jonathan Camp, MD, is a pediatric spine surgeon at Children’s Bone and Spine Surgery, at 1525 E. Windmill Lane, Ste. 201 and 9050 W. Cheyene, Suite 201. With more than 30 years of experience in pediatric spine focused on scoliosis, he is certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a member of numerous prestigious organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society and the Nevada Medical Association. Camp is a fellow in the Scoliosis Research Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics (Orthopaedic Subsection). For more information call (702) 434-6920 or go to www.cbsortho.com.

 

New Procedure Benefits Children with Congenital Scoliosis

New Procedure Benefits Children with Congenital Scoliosis
Local surgeon performs rare procedure
2007


(LAS VEGAS)— Jonathan Camp, MD, a pediatric spine surgeon at Children’s Bone and Spine Surgery, recently began utilizing his knowledge and experience to perform a new surgical procedure, pedical subtraction osteotomoy—a new and innovative procedure to treat rigid scoliosis in children and adults.

Camp has used the procedure to treat children and adolescents born with congenital scoliosis; a spinal deformity children are born with that typically develops in utero during the first trimester when bones and vertebrae form.

Most often, the condition is treated with an early operative fusion of the spine. According to Camp, this is the traditional mainstay of surgical treatment to arrest the future progression of the deformity.

However, Camp worked with two children, each born with a significant curve and circumferential fusion of the spine. Both had undergone previous surgical treatments from another surgeon, but the condition continued to progress.

Rather than have the two children undergo the traditional options, which are either wait and watch or to correct the condition with two separate procedures—incisions in the anterior followed by a posterior resection of the fused and deformed bone of the spine—Camp opted to perform something different.

Both children were corrected with a single procedure, the pedical subtraction osteotomy, wherein both the anterior and posterior bone is safely removed in one operative procedure performed from the back.

“The correction is more precise with less blood loss,” said Camp. “There is also less time spent in the hospital than with the other more traditional scoliosis procedures.”

According to Camp, he is one of a few pediatric spine surgeons in the nation utilizing this procedure, which, in experienced hands, is safer than the traditional anterior-posterior procedure often used. In fact, he believes the two procedures he recently performed are some of the first in Southern Nevada to treat scoliosis in this age group

“The surgery is done only by the most experienced spine surgeons to correct rigid spinal deformity,” he said. “These two cases were particularly challenging because both children had been fused front and back in early childhood.” He learned this procedure while on sabbatical in 2006 with world renowned spinal surgeon Dr. Larry Lenke, who practices in St. Louis.

Camp reports that both patients have a nearly complete correction of previous fused spine, minimal blood loss and short hospital stay.

Jonathan Camp, MD, is a pediatric spine surgeon at Children’s Bone and Spine Surgery, at 1525 E. Windmill Lane, Ste. 201 and 9050 W. Cheyenne, Ste 110. With more than 30 years of experience in pediatric spine focused on scoliosis, he is certified with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and is a member of numerous prestigious organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopedic Society and the Nevada Medical Association. Camp is a fellow in the Scoliosis Research Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics (Orthopedic Subsection). For more information call (702) 434-6920 or go to www.cbsortho.com.

 

Las Vegas Scoliosis Association Announces First Meeting

Las Vegas Scoliosis Association Announces First Meeting
Group serves as support for scoliosis sufferers and families

(LAS VEGAS)— On Thursday, September 20, people who have been affected, directly or indirectly, by scoliosis, will have a chance to meet others at the first ever meeting of the Las Vegas Scoliosis Association.

The local chapter, established and led by Dr. Jonathan F. Camp, a pediatric spine surgeon specializing in scoliosis, will serve as an outlet for support, education and guidance for those affected by the condition.

“I am thrilled to be able to announce the first meeting of our association,” said Camp. “There has never been any outlet for people to meet others affected by scoliosis and this group is an important part of dealing with the diagnosis, treatment and recovery.”

The first meeting, which will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m., will be an introduction to the community and a chance for people to volunteer to help run the organization. There is no cost to attend the first meeting, however to become a member of the group there is a small fee of $20 yearly for residents, and $50 for the medical community.

“It is my plan to work with the members of our support group to provide information and insight into scoliosis,” he said. “Eventually, I have big plans for our group and its impact in the Las Vegas community.”

The Scoliosis Association, Inc. was founded in 1974 and is a non-profit, volunteer-driven, non-medical organization. It provides information, support groups and information lines to those affected in any way by scoliosis. There are more than 50 active chapters in the U.S. For more information, go to www.scoliosis-association.org or call 1-800-800-0669.

Jonathan Camp, MD, is a pediatric spine surgeon at Children’s Bone and Spine Surgery, at 1525 E. Windmill Lane, Ste. 201 and 653 N. Town Center, Ste. 208. With 25 years of experience in pediatric spine focused on scoliosis, he is certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a member of numerous prestigious organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society and the Nevada Medical Association. Camp is an active fellow in the Scoliosis Research Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics (Orthopaedic Subsection). For more information call (702) 434-6920 or go to www.cbsortho.com.

 
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