"I realized, for the first time, that I was shooting straight. Due to my scoliosis, I'd been overcompensating." Erika, a basketball player, gained confidence after surgery to correct her spinal curvature.
June 4, 2020
Play it Safe During COVID-19: Avoiding Fractures and Injuries
As the weather turns warmer and sunnier, families are eager to get outside for fresh air and exercise. While the escape from the four walls of home is a welcome relief, it’s important to make sure we’re all safe during our outdoor activities. Gillette is here to help if a child is injured.
May 13, 2020
Robotics Can Help Train Kids to Walk: The Role of Locomotor Training in Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation therapy helps patients learn how to maximize their abilities and become familiar with new ways of moving. Locomotor training, a form of walking therapy that involves body weight support, can help eligible patients increase function in their lower extremities and improve their mobility.
October 1, 2019
Love of Dogs Helps Charlie Through Spine Straightening Treatment
Charlie Schultz is a longtime Gillette patient, athlete, and most importantly, a dog lover. Learn how Charlie's love of dogs blossomed (and led to him becoming a dog owner!) during his seven-week inpatient stay to treat his severe spinal curvature, called kyphosis.
August 8, 2019
Back Pain in Children: Gillette Can Help!
Back pain is more common in children than one might expect. In fact, by age 15, 30-50 percent of all children have had at least one episode of back pain! At Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, our team of internationally-recognized orthopedic experts work closely with many pediatric patients each year, helping them identify and treat their unexplained back pain.
July 18, 2019
Spine and Scoliosis
Inimitable Avery: Relentless After Treatment for Scoliosis
"It was definitely a shock. I almost didn’t believe it at first. I’m a competitive swimmer and athlete; I’d never really been hurt or sick in my entire life. I didn’t even know what scoliosis was." - Avery Wright
June 11, 2019
Robert’s Life with Prader-Willi Syndrome: A Rare Disease Story
For Janet Favorite, navigating her son Robert’s rare condition has been a rollercoaster, steadied by her family’s commitment to providing him with expert care and access to resources at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. Read her story.
February 27, 2019
Awards and Achievements
Gillette Foundation Lands Generous Grant That Will Help Expand Our Spine Program
The Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation awarded Gillette a generous grant to help expand Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare’s spine program. This is the largest grant we’ve ever received.
December 19, 2018
Spine and Scoliosis
Gillette Care for Scoliosis and Spine Issues Makes a Splash
Owen Earl can now swim and be active thanks to surgery at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare to help with a curvature in his back due to scoliosis. Gillette performs 80% of spinal fusion procedures in Minnesota and 65% of spine fusions to correct scoliosis.
August 8, 2018
Spine and Scoliosis
Gillette Has Your Back: Family Support on Scoliosis Facebook Group
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare is kicking off June as Scoliosis Awareness Month by launching a new Scoliosis Resource Group on Facebook.
June 5, 2018
How Joshua Surprised Dr. Guillaume and Almost Made Him Cry
Joshua and his parents surprised Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare orthopedic surgeon, Tenner Guillaume, MD with an unusual and highly personal gift.
May 3, 2018
Not Just Brothers, Best Friends
Everyone knows at least one iconic duo. There are Batman and Robin, Mario and Luigi, Ash Ketchum and Pikachu, and by the time you’re done reading, you’ll add another to the list: Josh and Tyler Lindgren.
March 28, 2018
Diehard Vikings Fan Overcomes Disability, Snags Tickets to Super Bowl LII
Not one to sit on the sidelines, Danny Lilya’s wheelchair and congenital spine diagnosis have never defined him. From playing hockey to scoring field goals on the football team, find out how this athlete and Vikings fan is headed to the Super Bowl this weekend.
January 29, 2018
Help Fund Animal-Assisted Therapy at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
“I don’t think it would surprise anyone to learn that a lot of children love dogs,” says Emily DeBreto. “While we’ve had volunteers bring in therapeutic dogs at the hospital for comfort, we wanted to get our dogs more involved with the actual functional aspects of the therapy we’re providing.”
November 16, 2017
Research and Innovation
Gillette Part of a Big Breakthrough to Treat Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare is playing a key role in the clinical trials and research into the drug Spinraza, also called nusinersen.The drug is being celebrated as the first real hope for people who have spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
August 1, 2017
After Scoliosis Treatment, Avital Aims to Help Other Kids
After a surprising scoliosis diagnosis, Avital Harris wore a back brace for two years. Now she is sharing her story, and plans for the future.
June 23, 2017
Student Broadcaster Recovers from Transverse Myelitis with Eggnog Fizz and Friends
This is not what Earl Weir planned for his junior year in high school. The 17-year-old from Howard Lake, Minnesota was a busy teenager—involved in his school’s broadcast club, spending time hunting and fishing with his dad and listening to music with his mom. Earl is an example of how life can change in an instant.
May 2, 2017