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Ryan’s Story

Ryan, our wonderful surprise baby, was born just 11 months after his bother. I had no complications during my pregnancy and Ryan was born to term.  Ryan was always laid back and happy. Other than some reflux, he was very healthy. We did notice some differences between Ryan and his older brother. Ryan learned to […]



A child with Infantile Scoliosis in a Mehta Method Cast

This is our child who is being treated with Mehta Method EDF plaster corrective casts for Progressive infantile Scoliosis. This video was shot approximately 24 hours after having his first cast applied at the Shriners Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT. We have uploaded it to show parents who are considering Early Treatment casting to […]



Nora’s Story

Nora’s Journey Early Onset Congenital Scoliosis At just five and a half months old, tiny little Nora was diagnosed with congenital scoliosis.  We had noticed a curve in her spine; it was actually hard to see.  You would have only noticed it if you were looking for it or if you were a parent, because […]



Eliana’s Story

We are from a small Midwest town in KS and before the arrival of my 3rd beautiful baby girl on new years eve, 2003, I confess I had never even heard of infantile scoliosis. Utterly uninformed and ill prepared, I had no inkling that within a years time, not only would I have become fluent […]



Moriah’s Story

Moriah was born by C-section at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, on November 6, 1996. The next morning during her checkup, the doctor heard an abnormal heart sound and called in a pediatric cardiologist to consult. Moriah was diagnosed with Tetrology of Fallot, a congenital heart defect and she was immediately transferred […]



Rocco’s Story

Rocco was born 10 days early in June 23, 2011. He had an exciting birth as he was born bum first (breech) with a room full of doctors and nurses that wanted to see his unusual birth. Thankfully he was healthy. We were over joyed to have our little boy and to bring him home […]



Alyssa’s Storie

When Alyssa was around a year old, my husband and I started noticing that her shoulders were a bit uneven, shoulder blade and rib cage protruded and her torso was slightly twisted. In the beginning we thought that maybe she was just “double jointed”. We mentioned this to the pediatrician at the time and her […]



Antonio’s Story

Antonio was born on December 6,1998. As soon as he was born, he didn’t look quite right so the doctors were rushed in and he was put in the NICU. After days of testing he was finally clinically diagnosed wit Marfan’s syndrome. We were told that there would be heart, lens, joints, muscle and spinal […]



Erin’s Story

Erin was born on February 2, 2002. It would have been her Maternal Great Grandmother’s 95th birthday, and Erin was the first girl on the paternal side of the family in 90 years! At approximately 37-38 weeks, I had an ultrasound to make sure things were on track. There was a question raised from that […]



Spotlight On: Josefina

In January 2011, our daughter Josefina of 6 months old was diagnosed with severe progressive infantile scoliosis. We live in Montevideo, Uruguay; a country of 3 million people, where cases like Josefina´s practically don’t exist, so effective treatments in our country weren’t t available. At first, doctor recommended us to travel to Argentina, were we […]



Starla’s Story

Early Treatment- Mehta Casting In June of 2012, I noticed Starla’s back was forming oddly.  I didn’t know at the time that was a rib hump.  She was nearly 6 months old then.  Many blew it off and I didn’t know if it was a big deal or not.  In December, 2012 my chiropractor ordered […]



Devyn’s Story

Devyn’s Story Devyn was born October 3rd, 2005. The pregnancy and delivery were anything but normal. I had a sub-chorionic bleed until my 5th month of pregnancy that almost caused me to miscarry. The delivery started out normal until I started to push…. He got stuck twice and then was not breathing when he was […]



River’s Story

I had noticed it somewhat early. I just assumed maybe it was the way he was laying when I changed him, or held him when I burped him, so I didn’t think much else of it. When River was around 7 months old, he started sitting up on his own. We noticed that when he […]



How do I know that it’s a Mehta Cast?

Some identifying characteristics of a Mehta cast are: It’s made with Plaster of Paris The front has a mushroom-shaped chest expansion window The cast has shoulder straps (it’s an “over the shoulder” cast) Application by a Mehta-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeon Petals made of moleskine cover the windows and cast edges



What about the D-shaped window on the back of the Mehta cast?

The D-shaped window on the back of a Mehta cast actively assists in the derotation of the child’s most prevalent curve with every breath the child takes. The D -shaped window should always be placed on the concavity side of curve, not past the midline. This special window allows the oblique ribs on the cavity side to […]



Lily’s Story

Lily was born April 12 2004.  She was diagnosed with plageocephaly at approximately 8 months of age.  She was placed in a corrective helmet by the orthopedic physician, which was worn 24/7 for 4 months.  This corrected the flatness of her head and restored its shape. At 13 months of age, Lily had just started […]



Siobhan’s Story

Siobhan was born June 9th 1999 in Vancouver, Canada, 4 days late. Her birth was normal. We noticed at about 4-6 months old that she didn’t bear weight and, when her feet were on a flat surface, they pronated (rolled inwards) quite severely. Our family doctor sent her to see an orthopedist at our Children’s […]



Kylie’s Story

Kylie Anne Lether was born August 8, 1997 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She weighed 6lbs. 10oz. and was 21 ½ inches long.  She was born with Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis and Developmental Hip Dysplasia.  Her back had a big hump on the left side, which was her spine lifting her shoulder blade up.  Her hip […]



Hadley’s Story

Hadley was born in May 2007.  She was born perfectly healthy. Around the age of 5 months, I (mom) saw that one side of Hadley’s ribs were bulging out. I showed my husband, and he thought she just had more muscle strength on that side from learning to sit.  Hadley’s head also tilted to one […]



Ryan’s Story

After 5 years of trying to have a baby, God blessed us with twin boys.  My pregnancy was full of uneasy feelings and lots of “what ifs”.  There were many complications along with 3 months of bed rest.  After the danger point passed, the doctors sent me home.  One week after being home I went […]



Bridget’s Story

Our daughter Bridget was born on the 22.2.01. She is the fourth child in our family and her two brothers and one sister were over the moon at having a new addition to the family. Bridget spent her first year drowning in the attention of her siblings. She sat on her own at about 8 […]



Why was PIS not noticed at our Well Baby checks and appointments?

Unfortunately, at this time, scoliosis checks are not part of the suggested guidelines for Well Baby Checks. While pediatricians and family physicians provide a general look at your baby’s overall health, it may fall on your shoulders to monitor this. One of the best tools that you have is your camera. When you suspect that your child’s spinal […]



The doctor recommended surgery to insert metal rods beside my baby’s spine. Does this mean that my baby is not a candidate for treatment with Mehta’s Growth Guidance Casting?

Not necessarily. MGGC is a gentle, conservative, and perhaps most importantly, non-invasive treatment option to address the three dimensional curves of progressive infantile scoliosis. There are no side effects when MGGC protocols are applied by a surgeon who has received proper, specialized training. In contrast, the complication rates for surgery and implantation of distraction hardware involve […]



What is Mehta casting?

Mehta’s Growth Guidance Casting (MGGC) is a validated, non-surgical, potentially curative treatment for progressive infantile scoliosis (PIS). PIS in infancy is considered the only potentially life threatening condition in the world of pediatric orthopedics because the curve(s) will keep pace at the rate of the child’s growth, which is fast the first two years of life. Scoliosis […]



The pediatric orthopedic surgeon recommended surgery to insert metal rods into my baby’s spine. Does this mean that my baby is not a candidate for treatment with Mehta’s Growth Guidance Casting?

Not necessarily. MGGC is a gentle, conservative, and perhaps most importantly, non-invasive treatment option to address the three dimensional curves of progressive infantile scoliosis. There are no side effects or lingering complications when MGGC protocols are applied by a surgeon who has received specialized training. This sharply contrasts the complication rates for surgery and implantation […]



Is there any reason we shouldn’t “watch and wait” and then recheck my baby’s spine 6 months from now?

Once it is determined that your child has scoliosis, determining the exact type is next. There are several types of scoliosis that affect infants. Progressive Infantile Scoliosis  Diagnosed from birth to age 2 Considered a non-structural type of scoliosis Congenital Scoliosis A structural issue of the vertebrae present at birth Examples are hemivertebrae, chiari malformation, syringomeyelia, tethered […]



Why is Early Diagnosis so important?

Early Diagnosis and Early Treatment are at the core of successful treatment with Mehta’s Growth Guidance Casting (MGGC) for one simple reason. The human body grows at an unbelievably rapid rate during the first two years of life. This growth rate will never be experienced again during a human’s development. This rapid growth rate is […]



“This is literally a cure” – Nick Guthe

My child would have faced severe deformity or a very early and painful death, if not for the work of the ISOP. Dr. Min Mehta’s method of early treatment for Infantile Scoliosis is directly responsible for saving my son. The ISOP needs funding so that all children diagnosed with this condition can get this life […]



“The Mehta method CURES” – Charles Sine

No one and nowhere else can any of us who are associated with this dreaded affliction, find the information, treatment, and support for our kids. It’s very much like MDA, if it weren’t for Jerry Lewis alot more would suffer horribly. Well, Heather Hyatt-Montoya is our Jerry Lewis. Our kids are “Heather’s Kids”! We are […]



Savannah’s Story

January 3, 2014 – Savanna is a super sweet, super cute 18.5 month old little girl.  She will be 19 months when she gets her first cast.  Why does she need a cast?  She has been diagnosed with Progressive Infantile Scoliosis, and casting is a gentle, non-invasive way to encourage her spine to grow straight. […]



Grace’s Story

On April 19, 2006 my husband and I went in for our routine 20 week ultrasound.  Long story short and many tears later, we were told our daughter would be born with an Omphalocele, basically a hernia at the umbilical cord.  A few days later we had an amniocentesis performed.  Ten days later, I received […]



Charlee’s Story

Our daughter, Charlee, was a healthy, happy baby. She met all her milestones and was very smart for her age. Everyone who has ever met Charlee loves her funny, happy and loving personality. We never noticed anything out of the ordinary when it came to her back. When Charlee was 11 months old she got […]



The Early Treatment Method

“The casting method uses the explosive growth experienced by infants and toddlers to gently and permanently guide the spine back into its correct position,” Dr. Min Mehta said.  “The earlier the treatment begins, the more likely a cure will occur.” The innovation of the Infantile Scoliosis Outreach Program’s Early Treatment (ET) Process is that it […]



Cast Decorating Kits and Supplies

Decorating your child’s cast can be helpful in a few ways. It gives your child a sense of pride and accomplishment to participate in the creation of their cast It adds water resistance to the cast and makes it easier to clean It adds comfort for parents especially since plaster casts are typically covered with […]



A Message from Dr. Min Mehta

The study “Growth as a corrective force in the Early Treatment of progressive infantile scoliosis,” JBJS 2005 has contributed to furthering the aim of reversing progressive scoliosis in infancy by demonstrating that far from being an adverse factor, the vigorous growth in infancy is the principal force in converting a progressive infantile scoliosis into a […]



Where ISOP got its start

Mother’s Determination Turns The Tide in Toddler’s Scoliosis Fight Follow the long journey of ISOP founding Mom, Heather, and daughter, Olivia, as they sought to find answers where there were few, and a scoliosis treatment that would spur hope and encouragement. As published in the Rocky Mountain News on December 19, 2000 PDF Document: Greatest_Gift_Article



Medical Professionals: Learn Mehta’s Growth Guidance Casting Protocol

Clinical Training for Mehta’s Growth Guidance Casting (MGGC) For medical professionals, ISOP facilitates hands-on MGGC clinical trainings several times a year in the U.S.and around the world. Actual case studies provide experience in the Early Treatment protocol and the precise methodologies for cast application. Training occurs in the OR of host hospitals and involves use of a specialized […]



Sofía Egües – en Español

La pequeña Sofía Egües de 3 años sufre de escoliosis infantil progresiva. En noviembre del 2012, a pesar de haber recibido tratamiento con un corsé durante sus primeros años de vida, la curvatura de su columna había alcanzado ya los 60 grados. Los especialistas en su ciudad natal en Lima, Perú, afirmaron que Sofía necesitaba […]



Sofía Egües – In English

Por favor lea aquí para obtener información que puede salvar la vida de su niño. (Please read here to get info that could save your child’s life) Little Sofia takes big steps with the help of Mehta castin La pequeña Sofía Egües de 3 años sufre de escoliosis infantil progresiva. En noviembre del 2012, a […]



Cameron & Dylan’s Story

My story is about two of the sweetest little boys you’ll ever meet.  Cameron (8yrs.) and Dylan (5yrs.)  The two brothers have many things in common, such as huge smiles that light up their whole face, an infectious laugh, and scoliosis.  Although they were both casted in plaster in Dec. 04, their journeys to that […]



Cole’s Story

Cole was born on January 3rd, 2008, 1 hour before his due date, after an uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery.  He received 10’s on his APGAR.  The only funny thing about him was that his foot was bent up so his toes touched his calf. They reassured us that it was just because I was very […]



Aly’s Story

Alexandra (Aly) was born in May 2010 by c-section after a normal pregnancy. She was big, healthy and beautiful! Around 10 months old, while bathing her, her dad and I noticed that she sat a bit crooked. We brought it up to her pediatrician, but he told us not to panic. Because she was such […]



HIGHLIGHTS: ISOP Physician Advisory Board Meeting (May, 2014)

At the May meeting of ISOP’s Physician Advisory Board, the Board resolved several key elements to successful Mehta Growth Guidance Casting: Agreed: Underarm Casts are only effective for curves T8 and lower. Overarm Casts address all curve types. Agreed: Modifications and/or decorations to casts, as well as cast removal at home should all be discussed […]



Avery’s Story

Avery was born on October 8th 2009, weighing 3lbs 2oz. She and her twin sister Addison were 10 weeks early. Avery was my eager one and is the one that decided to come early. They had to force Addison to come out. Avery would spend 7 weeks in the NICU 60 minutes away from home. […]



Breann’s Story

Breann was born in 1997. She was approximately five weeks premature and weighed 2420 g length 49 cm, head  Her Apgar scores were 8.  She was noted to cry spontaneously but her color remained dusky and she was given blow-by oxygen followed by mask CPAP because of diminished breath sounds.  Following these interventions she improved […]



Hunter’s Story

Everyone thinks that their baby is beautiful and perfect from the first time they gaze into their eyes, and we were no exception. Hunter was born on September 7, 2012, via emergency c-section. High blood pressure on my behalf, coupled with him experiencing stress during contractions, led the doctor to make that decision. Though the […]



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