Las Vegas Scoliosis Association Announces Upcoming Meetings

Las Vegas Scoliosis Association Announces Upcoming Meetings
Group serves as support for scoliosis sufferers and families

(LAS VEGAS)— Following the Scoliosis Support Group’s success from its first meeting, Pediatric Spine Surgeon Jonathan Camp, MD, recently announced the meeting schedule for the remainder of the year.

The group is scheduled to meet on Thursday, Oct. 18, Thursday, Nov. 22 (this is Thanksgiving) and Thursday, Dec. 20. Meetings run from 6 to 7 p.m. and there is no cost to attend. All meetings are held at Children’s Bone and Spine Surgery, located at 1525 E. Windmill Lane, Ste. 201.

The local chapter, established and led by Camp, serves as an outlet for support, education and guidance for those affected by the condition.

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


Use of physical forces in bone healing

Use of physical forces in bone healing.

Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, USA.

During the past two decades, a number of physical modalities have been approved for the management of nonunions and delayed unions. Implantable direct current stimulation is effective in managing established nonunions of the extremities and as an adjuvant in achieving spinal fusion. Pulsed electromagnetic fields and capacitive coupling induce fields through the soft tissue, resulting in low-magnitude voltage and currents at the fracture site. Pulsed electromagnetic fields may be as effective as surgery in managing extremity nonunions. Capacitive coupling appears to be effective both in extremity nonunions and lumbar fusions. Low-intensity ultrasound has been used to speed normal fracture healing and manage delayed unions. It has recently been approved for the management of nonunions. Despite the different mechanisms for stimulating bone healing, all signals result in increased intracellular calcium, thereby leading to bone formation.

PMID: 14565756 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


Osteoporotic pertrochanteric hip fractures: management and current controversies

Osteoporotic pertrochanteric hip fractures: management and current controversies.

Orthopaedic Trauma Service, Weill College of Medicine of Cornell University, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York, USA.

The treatment of intertrochanteric hip fractures has evolved over the past 80 years because of a better understanding of fracture anatomy, application of biomechanical principles, and novel technologic advances. Surgical treatment of intertrochanteric hip fractures is the current standard of care, with short-term goals of fracture stabilization and early patient mobilization and the long-term objective of restoring patients to their previous level of independence and function. Treatment for stable intertrochanteric hip fractures includes use of percutaneous intramedullary devices and open reduction and internal fixation using a sliding hip screw. To date, none of these devices has shown any clear clinical advantage over the dynamic hip screw. Intramedullary fixation has multiple theoretical advantages for the treatment of unstable fracture patterns; however, it remains unclear if ultimate functional outcome warrants the added expense of such treatment. For patients with a reverse obliquity fracture pattern, the advantage of the intramedullary construct has been shown.

PMID: 15116633 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


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