This medical video focuses on how to help spinal problems with staples.
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Jennifer Mathews: One look around and it's clear, an active child lives here. Brittani Moore: I like to play softball, Tae-Kwon-Do, and horseback riding. Jennifer Mathews: As much as she loved the wild activities, Brittani's back didn't. Brittani Moore: I like to go like really fast, and it just starts to hurt. Jennifer Mathews: Brittani was following in her mother's footsteps; both have scoliosis. Doctors first said, like her mother, Brittani would need fusion. Pamela Moore: I was devastated. It's -- emotionally, it's very difficult for a young girl to have a scar that pretty much covers the length of her spine. Jennifer Mathews: Then, they mentioned an experimental procedure -- spinal stapling. Randal Betz: By putting a staple over on this side, you can temporarily arrest the growth of the spine on that side, allowing this side to continue to grow. Jennifer Mathews: Doctor Randal Betz says, so far, it's been very successful. Randal Betz: I have two children that I'm following that have gone from 20 degrees now to straight. Jennifer Mathews: In just a few months, Doctor Linda D'Andrea has seen drastic improvements in Brittani too. Linda D'Andrea: Her 20 degree thoracic curve is now 11 degrees, and her 25 degree lumbar curve is now 15 degrees. Jennifer Mathews: So, what does that mean? Linda D'Andrea: If she came in with 11 and 15 degrees, I probably wouldn't even brace her. Jennifer Mathews: Brittani's mom nearly cried at the results. As for Bittani -- Brittani Moore: I'm happy, I guess. Jennifer Mathews: Happy about the procedure and being back to full activity, with no restrictions. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.