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We would like to introduce an initiative on early onset scoliosis (EOS) within JPOSNA. The initial idea for this project was born from Pediatric Spine Study Group (PSSG) meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic, and was initially championed by founding PSSG member, Dr. Behrooz Akbarnia. Contributors in this series are PSSG members across many generations of pediatric spine practice. Our goal is to create a repository of information that is easily accessible for learners in all stages. Each decision in the care of an EOS patient is steeped in decades of experience, triumph, and failure. This history not only shapes our current practice, but informs the future of EOS care.
Over the course of 3 editions we will explore greater than 50 years of EOS experience, technique, and research. Each offering will have Current Concept Reviews with a coupled educational video. In this first edition we present reviews on the first generation of care in EOS, and on the evolution of casting in the EOS patient. The casting review is accompanied by an exceptional master technique video. In future editions we will explore thoracic insufficiency syndrome, instrumentation in the early onset scoliosis patient, refining/redefining our research efforts for this population, and finally a long-range view of what the future holds in EOS.
Great thanks and appreciation to Ken Noonan, Jennifer Bauer and the JPOSNA editorial staff for their expertise and support in this endeavor. The electronic nature of JPOSNA allows for greater depth of education and understanding than is conceivable in the traditional journal experience. We hope to augment an already incredible journal with our EOS initiative.