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The Bone & Joint Journal
Vol. 100-B, Issue 4 | Pages 507 - 515
1 Apr 2018
Nnadi C Thakar C Wilson-MacDonald J Milner P Rao A Mayers D Fairbank J Subramanian T


The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the performance and safety of magnetically controlled growth rods in the treatment of early onset scoliosis. Secondary aims were to evaluate the clinical outcome, the rate of further surgery, the rate of complications, and the durability of correction.

Patients and Methods

We undertook an observational prospective cohort study of children with early onset scoliosis, who were recruited over a one-year period and followed up for a minimum of two years. Magnetically controlled rods were introduced in a standardized manner with distractions performed three-monthly thereafter. Adverse events which were both related and unrelated to the device were recorded. Ten children, for whom relevant key data points (such as demographic information, growth parameters, Cobb angles, and functional outcomes) were available, were recruited and followed up over the period of the study. There were five boys and five girls. Their mean age was 6.2 years (2.5 to 10).

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 84-B, Issue 8 | Pages 1208 - 1208
1 Nov 2002
Fairbank J

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 83-B, Issue 4 | Pages 486 - 490
1 May 2001
Madhavan P Monk J Wilson-MacDonald J Fairbank J

Instability may present at a different level after successful stabilisation of an unstable segment in apparently isolated injuries of the cervical spine. It can give rise to progressive deformity or symptoms which require further treatment. We performed one or more operations for unstable cervical spinal injuries on 121 patients over a period of 90 months. Of these, five were identified as having instability due to an initially unrecognised fracture-subluxation at a different level. We present the details of these five patients and discuss the problems associated with their diagnosis and treatment.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 66-B, Issue 5 | Pages 685 - 693
1 Nov 1984
Fairbank J Pynsent P van Poortvliet J Phillips H

Mechanical abnormalities of the patellofemoral joint are among the many causes that have been suggested for adolescent knee pain. This study seeks to identify these factors. Measurements of joint mobility and lower limb morphology were made on 446 pupils at a comprehensive school, 136 of whom had suffered knee pain in the previous year. The pupils with symptoms enjoyed sporting activities significantly more than their symptom-free contemporaries. Joint mobility, the Q-angle, genu valgum and anteversion of the femoral neck were not significantly different between those pupils with and those without anterior knee pain. Data on lower limb morphology of normal adolescents are presented. Examination of 52 hospital outpatients aged 13 to 36 years with anterior knee pain produced results comparable with those for the pupils. It is concluded that chronic overloading, rather than faulty mechanics, is the dominant factor in the genesis of anterior knee pain in adolescent patients.