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Early detection and teamwork lead to success

For Elisa's parents, it was a shock when they were informed during a routine checkup that their daughter had scoliosis. Marco, Elisa's father, did not understand why the youngest of his children had scoliosis when no one else in the family had previously been diagnosed with it. He was left feeling anxious and worried. Elisa’s family clinic doctors referred her to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities because of their experience with treating scoliosis treatment.

As a native Spanish speaker, Marco was initially hesitant to contact Shriners Hospitals for Children because he was not comfortable expressing himself in English. His doubts disappeared after the first call. During the call, he was connected with an interpreter who helped him coordinate Elisa's appointments and walked him through the treatment process. The interpreter reassured Marco that there would be an interpreter on hand at the appointments to facilitate the conversation between Marco and Elisa's care team.

Elisa was fortunate that her scoliosis was detected early. After her initial exam at Shriners Hospitals for Children, it was determined that she would not need surgery or bracing. Elisa’s doctors created a treatment plan that included weekly physical therapy appointments. Elisa's recommended scoliosis treatment consists of scoliosis-specific exercises to improve her posture and minimize the progression of the spine curvature.

Elisa's treatment program is a team effort. Her physical therapist speaks English when she is teaching Elisa, while the interpreter explains the exercises to Marco in Spanish, so he can help his daughter practice them at home.

"We feel fortunate we came to Shriners Hospitals for Elisa's scoliosis treatment,” said Marco. “The interpreters, physical therapists and doctors always make us feel welcome and we know we are receiving the very best care. Seeing everyone work together to help Elisa means a lot to us.”

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