Spine Archive: Genetic Testing

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Then & Now: Scoliosis and Genetic Testing

We have come a far way in scoliosis prevention and treatment. To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

In the past, all diagnosed patients who exhibited signs of unnatural spine curvature were monitored the same way. This meant that they were all treated as if they had a severe case. Severe cases required months (sometimes even years) of follow ups, checkup appointments, x-rays, and more. Today, we now have the ability to test the level of a patient’s scoliosis with a simple test. If a patient shows signs of mild curvature, they are treated accordingly and are not subjected to additional unneeded treatment plans.

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Improving The Lives of Children Using Genetic Testing

How genetic testing is improving the lives of children with scoliosis. To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

With the birth of genetic testing for scoliosis, Children between the ages of 9 and 13 diagnosed with AIS or adolescent idiopathic scoliosis with curvature of their spines less than 25 degrees have been found to be the least likely to end up debilitated from the curvature of their spine. Around seven million people in the United States have scoliosis. The majority of these patients are children between the ages of 9 and 15 years old. Mild cases of scoliosis are not debilitating and usually do not require surgery. This new technology and knowledge enables doctors to make accurate treatment plans for children before scoliosis starts to effect their lives.

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Genetic Testing & Scoliosis

Genetic Testing can determine the effects of scoliosis. To learn more about the spine, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Today’s advancements in diagnosis and testing have paved the way for the ability to learn more about scoliosis, and even test for the progression of it. By a simple swab test, doctors are now able to identify low-risk patients and scoliosis curve progression. This easy test has already saved countless patients from repeat office visits and exposure to x-ray equipment. This test looks at approximately fifty DNA markers which are affiliated with the progression of scoliosis. The fewer markers that show in the test, the lower the patient’s risk of scoliosis.

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Protect Your Child’s Spine – Simple Steps

Be proactive about your child’s future and protect their spine. To learn more about genetic testing, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Thankfully, with the advance of technology, children today have fewer books to carry on their backs. However, those book bags can still get extra heavy. Follow some of these suggestions in order to minimize the strain on your child’s back. Ensure the backpack has its weight being evenly distributed throughout the pack. Always place heavier items lower so that it aligns with his or her core. Padded shoulder straps can greatly enhance the comfort of your child’s book carrying. Be sure your child is also using both shoulder straps. Using only one strap can cause improper posture as the weight is being distributed unequally across the back. Last but not least important – ensure that your child is lifting the book bag with their legs and NOT their back. Bending at the back is not helpful for the forces placed on your child’s back. By following these tips and making sure your child stays organized, his or her back will be much healthier.

Is your child still displaying bad posture? They could be experiencing the beginning stages of scoliosis or unnatural curving of the spine. A simple genetic test can determine their likelihood for this development and the proper treatment plans as well.

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Children’s DNA & Genetic Testing

DNA plays a prime role in discovering a child’s future with scoliosis. To learn more about genetic testing, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Once a test has been completed to test for scoliosis – the child’s DNA will be closely examined for their risk level and therefore, likelihood for spinal curve progression. By assessing this DNA, physicians can closely monitor scoliosis and its affect on individual patients. Additionally, the child’s “cobb angle” or the angle at which the spine curves as found on x-rays – is also taken into account. The great thing about a genetic test is that it only has to be done once and can ensure the child’s future of reduced x-rays and ineffective treatments.

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Genetic Testing Analysis For Young Patients

Genetic Testing for Adolescent Scoliosis is available today. To learn more about genetic testing, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

To test the likelihood of severe spinal curvature, a DNA test can be administered (typically to children between the ages of 9 and 14). This test for children – and adults alike – is simple and completely painless as a saliva sample is taken by swabbing the inside of the patient’s cheek. The test then runs analysis on key genetic points that have been found to directly correspond to curve progression.

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Adolescent Scoliosis & Genetic Testing

Genetic Testing for Adolescent Scoliosis is available today. To learn more about genetic testing, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Recent advances in scientific discovery and technology have paved the way for the identification of gene hosts that play roles in the development of adolescent scoliosis. It is now easier than ever before for physicians to predict patient futures with scoliosis through the use of genetic testing. With this genetic testing, patients can receive personalized treatment plans and care decisions for scoliosis.

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Children & Genetic Testing For Scoliosis

Genetic Testing for Adolescent Scoliosis is available today. To learn more about genetic testing, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Adolescent scoliosis is an abnormal curving of the spine, specifically in young adults. This appears to be genetically dependent coupled with the unique spinal biomechanics. Based on recent studies, scoliosis can run within families – meaning it can be genetically passed to children. Unfortunately, we don’t know what causes adolescent scoliosis. However, today you can have your children testing for scoliosis to see if they will grow with this unnatural curvature.

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Timing & Genetic Testing

How long will it take you to receive your genetic testing results? To learn more about genetic testing, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Typically, the test can take a few weeks and in rare situations a few months. On the day you receive your genetic test, we will be able to give you an estimated time range when you can expect to hear about your screening results. We are committed to exceptional patient care and will do what we can to expedite the process so that you can begin benefiting from a healthier, more stable life – free from adverse drug reactions and inefficient medication dosages.

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The Genetic Testing Process

The Genetic testing process is simple – but we go into a little more detail. To learn more about genetic testing, search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Primarily, genetic tests are done with a procedure called a buccal smear in which a small object (typically a cotton swab) is inserted and used to swab the inside of the patient’s cheek. Once this is completed, the sample is inspected in a laboratory setting where technicians are looking for mutations in chromosomes, DNA, and/or proteins. From here, the laboratory reports the test results to the physician who can advise on the next plan of action for the patient whether it be an improved treatment plan or a different, more effective drug for the patient’s use.