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ROC Uses a New Gene Test to Detect Severity of Scoliosis

Raleigh, NC (July 14, 2010) – The Pediatric Spine Service at Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic is pleased to offer a newly available gene test to determine how severe a child’s curvature may become.  The test, called SCOLISCORE (DePuy Spine), was developed based on the gene profile of thousands of patients with scoliosis or spinal curvature.  The test detects specific gene patterns which are found in patients with progressive curves.  Positive findings are factored together to give a numeric value, the child’s “SCOLISCORE.’

“A child with a low SCOLISCORE value is very unlikely to have progression of her curve even as she grows,” explains Keith Mankin, MD FAAP, chief of the Pediatric Service.  “A higher score may mean that the curve is going to progress quickly and may need more aggressive treatment.”

The test is easy and painless:  a saliva sample is collected in the clinic and sent off for evaluation.  According to DePuy Spine, it is most effective in children between the ages of nine and thirteen who have curves under 25 degrees.

“SCOLISCORE represents an exciting new vista in scoliosis treatment,” says Dr. Mankin.  “The test can give peace of mind to parents and children, as well as providing definitive answers as to what treatments may be necessary.  Also, as we get more information, our understanding of the causes and treatments of scoliosis will continue to expand.”

About Depuy Spine
Depuy Spine, Inc. has worked and partnered with leading clinicians, researchers, and thought leaders to develop products to treat spine disorders for over 20 years. It is part of the Depuy companies of Johnson & Johnson, which have a rich heritage of pioneering broad range of products and solutions across the continuum of orthopaedic and neurological care. These companies are unified under one vision- Never Stop Moving™ – to express their commitment to bring meaningful innovated, shared technology and quality care to patients throughout the world. Visit www.depuy.com for more information.

About Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic
Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic (ROC) is Wake County’s largest and oldest orthopaedic practice. The orthopaedic surgeons of ROC are fellowship trained in their respective subspecialty areas, which include: foot and ankle, hand and wrist, spine, hip, shoulder and elbow surgery, total joint replacement, sports medicine, and pediatric orthopaedic care. Ancillary services include physical therapy, magnetic resonance imaging, radiology, shock wave therapy, and orthotics and pedorthics. The Athletic Performance Center, a division of ROC, provides sports physical therapy and sports performance enhancement services for healthy and injured athletes. ROC is the Official Sports Medicine Provider of the Carolina Hurricanes, NC State University, the Carolina Ballet, and multiple high school sports programs in Wake County. ROC has offices in Raleigh, North Raleigh, Cary, and Garner. Complete Practice information is available at www.raleighortho.com.