Hailey S., who lives in Norwalk, Iowa, is passionate about soccer. She plays for the largest soccer club in Iowa and has a goal of playing soccer in college someday. A scoliosis diagnosis was not part of the plan.
When she was diagnosed at age 11 at her annual well-child exam, she had never heard of scoliosis. In the first few years, her life was not impacted significantly. Then as the curve progressed, she started experiencing back pain after prolonged periods of exercise. Her parents researched available options, looking for a solution that would allow Hailey to continue to play soccer at a high level and not impact her life as she got older. Her Scolismart doctor in Wisconsin referred her to Dr. Antonacci. Hailey’s surgery took place in March 2018.
Prior to her surgery, Hailey’s curve was 57.8 degrees, only to make a remarkable turnaround to 15.9 degrees at eighteen months post-surgery. That summer, Hailey qualified for the Iowa Olympic Development team for the third year in a row and played with her club soccer team in Denmark and Sweden. She is pain-free and continues to play soccer competitively and is looking forward to playing soccer in college.
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