Saturday, June 29 is World Scoliosis Day. Each day at Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates, our scoliosis specialist, Dr. William Clark, is helping treat patients with scoliosis, and the results are truly amazing. We celebrate the victories we’ve been able to help many people with scoliosis achieve on this World Scoliosis Day!
Here’s the story of a 12-year-old girl, Monica McMahon, who was greatly impacted by her experience with Dr. Clark at Tulsa Bone & Joint earlier this year.
“I am a competitive swimmer. Scoliosis runs in my family, so we were keeping an eye on my back throughout childhood. My physician did my physical every year and did not see any signs of scoliosis until I was 11. At my first X-ray, I had already progressed to a 50 degree curve, so Dr. Clark at Tulsa Bone & Joint advised surgery, but I was not having any pain at the time.
Before surgery, I noticed that if I sat for a long time or if I stood too long, it was uncomfortable. It felt like my ribs were being pushed over, and I had frequent headaches. I was still swimming well, so we decided to wait just a little longer before surgery. I was unsure of how long I would be out of swim, so waiting a few months gave me time to meet a few goals. I ended up having a great swim season.
My follow up X-ray 6 months later in December 2018 showed that my curve had progressed. At that time, we decided to schedule spinal fusion for Spring Break. I was nervous but knew surgery was the best option for me. The surgery was on March 13, 2019, and I am very happy that I chose to have Dr Clark and his team for my surgery. They all took great care of me. I am fused T4-L2.
After surgery, I was determined to get back in the pool as soon as possible. Once my incision was healed at 2 weeks, I returned to the pool only to walk in the water at first. I took it very slow, adding in a little more at each practice. After 3 months, I returned to compete in my first swim meet after surgery. I placed 1st in my 50 freestyle age group event! It was then that I knew everything would be OK. I would continue to get better and faster in time.
I was very happy that I had the surgery. It feels great to be back to my favorite sport. I even stand taller now!”
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Monica, and for choosing Dr. Clark and Tulsa Bone & Joint to help you move your life forward! Dr. Clark is the specialist for adult and pediatric spine deformity and scoliosis surgery in Tulsa and the surrounding areas. Call 918-392-1400 to schedule an appointment or for more information.