Re: Is side-shift still used in the UK
As far as I'm aware, it isn't used much if at all. I never hear of it being used apart from by a handful of parents who have come across her old article on the subject. I'm actually meeting with Min Mehta within the next couple of months so I will ask her about whatever happened to her Side Shifting theory stuff then. She was one of the most senior scoliosis consultants in the UK and was based at the largest scoliosis centre here so you would think that if it had proved effective, it would have been used more.
37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.