Monday, June 30, 2014


A special limited edition of "Let this season be the reason 4 the Summer 2 LOVE...from the Fine Arts Theory Designer Series: Season 3!

Also featuring The "<3" Limited Edition from the Midnight Soul Suite Collection three original peaces made for this series only!

By: Fine Arts By Shurvon and SHAYNE Fashion and Fine Arts Designs

Featuring Oh~So FABULOUS and her FANCY sisters at the Freshest Roots Espresso Open Mic on Friday, July 11th.
Langston Hughes Performing Art Center in Seattle, WA!
The "<3"

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Surgery for scoliosis...


July, 2007

Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. It is most often diagnosed in childhood or early adolescence. The spine's normal curves occur at the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions in the so-called “sagittal” plane. These natural curves position the head over the pelvis and work as shock absorbers to distribute mechanical stress during movement. Scoliosis is often defined as spinal curvature in the “coronal” (frontal) plane. While the degree of curvature is measured on the coronal plane, scoliosis is actually a more complex, three-dimensional problem which involves the following planes:

  • Coronal plane
  • Sagittal plane
  • Axial plane

The coronal plane is a vertical plane from head to foot and parallel to the shoulders, dividing the body into anterior (front) and posterior (back) sections. The sagittal plane divides the body into right and left halves. The axial plane is parallel to the plane of the ground and at right angles to the coronal and sagittal planes.

Incidence and Prevalence

Scoliosis affects 2-3 percent of the population, or an estimated 6 to 9 million people in the United States. Scoliosis can develop in infancy or early childhood. However, the primary age of onset for scoliosis is 10-15 years old, occurring equally among both genders. Females, however, are eight times more likely to progress to a curve magnitude that requires treatment. Every year, scoliosis patients make more than 600,000 visits to private physician offices, an estimated 30,000 children are fitted with a brace, and 38,000 patients undergo spinal fusion surgery.

Source: National Scoliosis Foundation, June 2007.


Scoliosis can be classified by etiology: idiopathic, congenital, or neuromuscular. Idiopathic scoliosis is the diagnosis when all other causes are excluded, and comprises about 80 percent of all cases. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type of scoliosis and is usually diagnosed during puberty.

Congenital scoliosis results from embryological malformation of one or more vertebrae and may occur in any location of the spine. The vertebral abnormalities cause curvature and other deformities of the spine because one area of the spinal column lengthens at a slower rate than the rest. The geometry and location of the abnormalities determine the rate at which the scoliosis progresses in magnitude as the child grows. Because these abnormalities are present at birth, congenital scoliosis is usually detected at a younger age than idiopathic scoliosis.

Neuromuscular scoliosis encompasses scoliosis that is secondary to neurological or muscular diseases. This includes scoliosis associated with cerebral palsy, spinal cord trauma, muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, and spina bifida. This type of scoliosis generally progresses more rapidly than idiopathic scoliosis and often requires surgical treatment.


There are several signs that may indicate the possibility of scoliosis. If you notice one or more of the following signs, you should schedule an appointment with a doctor.

  • Shoulders are uneven – one or both shoulder blades may stick out
  • Head is not centered directly above the pelvis
  • One or both hips are raised or unusually high
  • Rib cages are at different heights
  • Waist is uneven
  • The appearance or texture of the skin overlying the spine changes (dimples, hairy patches, color abnormalities)
  • The entire body leans to one side

In one study, about 23 percent of patients with idiopathic scoliosis presented with back pain at the time of initial diagnosis. Ten percent of these patients were found to have an underlying associated condition such as spondylolisthesis, syringomyelia, tethered cord, herniated disc, or spinal tumor. If a patient with diagnosed idiopathic scoliosis has more than mild back discomfort, a thorough evaluation for another cause of pain is advised.

Due to changes in the shape and size of the thorax, idiopathic scoliosis may affect pulmonary function. Recent reports on pulmonary function testing in patients with mild to moderate idiopathic scoliosis showed diminished pulmonary function.


Scoliosis is usually confirmed through a physical examination, an x-ray, spinal radiograph, CT scan or MRI. The curve is measured by the Cobb Method and is diagnosed in terms of severity by the number of degrees. A positive diagnosis of scoliosis is made based on a coronal curvature measured on a posterior-anterior radiograph of greater than 10 degrees. In general, a curve is considered significant if it is greater than 25 to 30 degrees. Curves exceeding 45 to 50 degrees are considered severe and often require more aggressive treatment.

A standard exam that is sometimes used by pediatricians and in grade school screenings is called the Adam's Forward Bend Test. During this test, the patient leans forward with his or her feet together and bends 90 degrees at the waist. From this angle, any asymmetry of the trunk or any abnormal spinal curvatures can easily be detected by the examiner. This is a simple initial screening test that can detect potential problems, but cannot determine accurately the exact type or severity of the deformity. Radiographic tests are required for an accurate and positive diagnosis.

  • X-ray : Application of radiation to produce a film or picture of a part of the body can show the structure of the vertebrae and the outline of the joints. X-rays of the spine are obtained to search for other potential causes of pain, i.e. infections, fractures, deformities, etc.
  • Computed tomography scan(CT or CAT scan): A diagnostic image created after a computer reads x-rays; can show the shape and size of the spinal canal, its contents, and the structures around it. Very good at visualizing bony structures.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) : A d iagnostic test that produces three-dimensional images of body structures using powerful magnets and computer technology; can show the spinal cord, nerve roots, and surrounding areas, as well as enlargement, degeneration, and deformities.

In Children

Scoliosis in children is classified by age: 1) Infantile (0 to 3 years); 2) Juvenile (3 to 10 years); and 3) Adolescent (age 11 and older, or from onset of puberty until skeletal maturity). Idiopathic scoliosis comprises the vast majority of cases presenting during adolescence. Depending on its severity and the age of the child, scoliosis is managed by close observation, bracing, and/or surgery.

In children with congenital scoliosis, there is a known increased incidence of other congenital abnormalities. These are most commonly associated with the spinal cord (20 percent), the genitourinary system (20 to 33 percent), and the heart (10 to 15 percent). It is important that evaluation of the neurological, genitourinary, and cardiovascular systems is undertaken when congenital scoliosis is diagnosed.

In Adults

Scoliosis that occurs or is diagnosed in adulthood is distinctive from childhood scoliosis, since the underlying causes and goals of treatment differ in patients who have already reached skeletal maturity. Most adults with scoliosis can be divided into the following categories: 1) Adult scoliosis patients who were surgically treated as adolescents; 2) Adults who did not receive treatment when they were younger; and 3) Adults with a type of scoliosis called degenerative scoliosis.

In one 20-year study, about 40 percent of adult scoliosis patients experienced a progression. Of those, 10 percent showed a very significant progression, while the other 30 percent experienced a very mild progression, usually of less than one degree per year.

Degenerative scoliosis occurs most frequently in the lumbar spine (lower back) and more commonly affects people age 65 and older. It is often accompanied by spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal canal, which pinches the spinal nerves and makes it difficult for them to function normally. Back pain associated with degenerative scoliosis usually begins gradually, and is linked with activity. The curvature of the spine in this form of scoliosis is often relatively minor, so surgery may only be advised when conservative methods fail to alleviate pain associated with the condition.


When there is a confirmed diagnosis of scoliosis, there are several issues to assess that can help determine treatment options:

  • Spinal maturity – is the patient's spine still growing and changing?
  • Degree and extent of curvature – how severe is the curve and how does it affect the patient's lifestyle?
  • Location of curve – according to some experts, thoracic curves are more likely to progress than curves in other regions of the spine.
  • Possibility of curve progression – patients who have large curves prior to their adolescent growth spurts are more likely to experience curve progression.

After these variables are assessed, the following treatment options may be recommended:

  • Observation
  • Bracing
  • Surgery


In many children with scoliosis, the spinal curve is mild enough to not require treatment. However, if the doctor is worried that the curve may be increasing, he or she may wish to examine the child every four to six months throughout adolescence.

In adults with scoliosis, x-rays are usually recommended once every five years, unless symptoms are getting progressively worse.


Braces are only effective in patients who have not reached skeletal maturity. If the child is still growing and his or her curve is between 25 degrees and 40 degrees, a brace may be recommended to prevent the curve from progressing. There have been improvements in brace design and the newer models fit under the arm, not around the neck. There are several different types of braces available. While there is some disagreement among experts as to which type of brace is most effective, large studies indicate that braces, when used with full compliance, successfully stop curve progression in about 80 percent of children with scoliosis. For optimal effectiveness, the brace should be checked regularly to assure a proper fit, and may need to be worn 16 to 23 hours every day until growth stops.


In children, the two primary goals of surgery are to stop the curve from progressing during adulthood and to diminish spinal deformity. Most experts would recommend surgery only when the spinal curve is greater than 40 degrees and there are signs of progression. This surgery can be done using an anterior approach (through the front) or a posterior approach (through the back) depending on the particular case.

Some adults who were treated as children may need revision surgery, in particular if they were treated 20 to 30 years ago, before major advances in spinal surgery procedures were implemented. Back then, it was common to fuse a long segment of the spine. When many vertebral segments of the spine are fused together, the remaining mobile segments assume much more of the load and the stress associated with movements. Adjacent segment disease is the process in which degenerative changes occur over time in the mobile segments above and below the spinal fusion. This can result in painful arthritis of the discs, facet joints, and ligaments.

In general, surgery in adults may be recommended when the spinal curve is greater than 50 degrees and the patient has nerve damage to their legs and/or is experiencing bowel or bladder symptoms. Adults with degenerative scoliosis and spinal stenosis may require decompression surgery with spinal fusion, and a surgical approach from both the front and back.

A number of factors can lead to increased surgical-related risks in older adults with degenerative scoliosis. These factors include: advanced age, being a smoker, being overweight, and the presence of other health/medical problems. In general, both surgery and recovery time are expected to be longer in older adults with scoliosis.

Posterior approach: The most frequently performed surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis involves posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation and bone grafting. This is performed through the back while the patient lies on his or her stomach. During this surgery, the spine is straightened with rigid rods, followed by spinal fusion. Spinal fusion involves adding a bone graft to the curved area of the spine, which creates a solid union between two or more vertebrae. The metal rods attached to the spine ensure that the backbone remains straight while the spinal fusion takes effect.

This procedure usually takes several hours in children, but will generally take longer in older adults. With recent advances in technology, most people with idiopathic scoliosis are released within a week of surgery and do not require post-surgical bracing. Most patients are able to return to school or work in two to four weeks post surgery and are able to resume all pre-surgical activities within four to six months.

Anterior approach: The patient lies on his or her side during the surgery. The surgeon makes incisions in the patient's side, deflates the lung and removes a rib in order to reach the spine. Video-assisted thoracoscopic (VAT) surgery offers enhanced visualization of the spine and is a less invasive surgery than an open procedure. The anterior spinal approach has several potential advantages: better deformity correction, quicker patient rehabilitation, improved spine mobilization, and fusion of fewer segments. The potential disadvantages are that many patients require bracing for several months post surgery, and this approach has a higher risk of morbidity – although VAT has helped to reduce the latter.

Decompressive laminectomy: The laminae (roof) of the vertebrae are removed to create more space for the nerves. A spinal fusion with or without spinal instrumentation is often recommended when scoliosis and spinal stenosis are present. Various devices (like screws or rods) may be used to enhance fusion and support unstable areas of the spine.

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) : Fusion can sometimes be performed via smaller incisions through MIS. The use of advanced fluoroscopy (x-ray imaging during surgery) and endoscopy (camera technology) has improved the accuracy of incisions and hardware placement, minimizing tissue trauma while enabling a MIS approach. It is important to keep in mind that not all cases can be treated in this manner and a number of factors contribute to the surgical method used.

The benefits of surgery should always be weighed carefully against its risks. Although a large percentage of scoliosis patients benefit from surgery, there is no guarantee that surgery will stop curve progression and symptoms in every individual.

This is a video demonstration of how surgery is done to correct scoliosis. There are several different techniques, back braces and physical therapy procedures that can be used according to each individuals spinal curve. Always consult a ORTHOPAEDIC DOCTOR AFTER HAVING SURGERY FOR ALL OF YOUR FOLLOW-UP BACK CARE!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Journey of the Fine Arts Visionary!

Crayons and Colored Markers on paper!

"my heART's 25 ~ From crayons to canvas!!!

Here it is...finally!!! This is the original drawing of the '25 Reasons I LOVE ART' surrealist image by Shurvon A. Haynes completed on 10-29-2015.

The original was drawn on a brown tinged (non gesso) canvas cloth, similar to the newsprint paper that was used in my elementary school art projects. This image will be reprinted on watercolor paper and painted with crayola watercolor paint using the Oh-So FABULOUS Chinese Calligraphy paint brushes it will also include a border made of crayons, markers and gouache paint to add color to this very detailed description of the 
25 Reasons I LOVE ART 

The  'my heART's Designer Series'

1. The admiration of the art painted on the black velvet fabric some of the best artwork ever made!
The Original Painting of 'my heART 25,' will be matted on a black velvet background in honor of the Original Black Velvet Paintings made in the 1970's and signed with a OH~SO FABULOUS Chinese Calligraphy paint brush.

2. The magnificent and detailed artwork made by other visual artists in my family.
In Honor of...Original Fine Art Collage Painting, featuring the original art images made by to talented artists, my aunt and uncle mounted on a piece of wood from a sewing machine to symbolize the clothes my mother made for me when I was a child.

3. Beautiful flowers, natural earth landscapes and the sunset summer breeze.
Just Google the City of Seattle!

4. My love for fancy perfume bottles, make-up cases and fuchsia lipstick color.
#my favorite perfume = Sunflower, Red Door, 360°, Diamonds and Sapphires, Beyond Paradise. #myfavoritemakeupandlipstick = Borghese, WW #521, Fashion Fair - Chocolate Raspberry and Vintage Avon bottles.

5. Reading beauty and fashion magazines. Watching celebrity movie and music award shows.
Ebony, Jet, Essence, Right On, Glamour Vogue,  In Style and of course "O" by Oprah Winfrey. The Red Carpet reviews of all the Celebrity and Movie Award Shows.

6. Afrocentric and colorful outfits worn in most gospel church fashion shows.
Question: What Will Black African-American people wear when they get to heaven?
Answer: Afrocentric cross colored dashiki glory suits with matching air sneakers and glittery designer

7. Hip-Hop Fashion icons: Salt & Pepa, movie actors and music entertainers.
The hair styles, music and clothes of the 70's, 80's and 90's = THE GOOD TIMES!

8. Born and raised in Seattle and one of the many naturally talented artists from the Central District neighborhood.
Just Google all of the famous people from Seattle and you will know what I'm talking about!!!

9. The importance of seeing more black art on book covers, stationary and gift items.
The Historical Legacy of all the Black African-American visual artists is worth knowing and talking about...

10. Elementary school art projects and the teaching of the late Ms. Rainbow, legendary art instructor.
She taught many students in Seattle to be colorful, creative and innovative = #betheartistsyouwishtoseeintheworld

11. Dramatic theatre plays, gospel singing groups and colorful art murals on buildings within the city.
Just Google: Festival Sundiata, Seattle Art Fair, Central District Public Art, Africatown Umoja Festival and more to have your own personal journey through the City of Fine Arts.

12. The visual imagination that is developed from reading in silence. = Go to the nearest library and read a book!

13. Good Ole' soul music and soul food.
Soul Music + Soul Food = Heaven on Earth

14. Downtown Seattle, department store malls and the Waterfront scenery.
The everyday life of a Seattlelite!

15. Big Colorful Earrings, Fancy Hairstyles and Fabulous Fashion Designs. 
You can see all this on the YouTube video of the Afrostastic Fashion Show at the Northwest African-American Museum in Seattle.

16. The need to decorate my personal space and the creative therapeutic healing process of painting colorful pictures. Just paint one picture for your home and you will see what I'm talking about.

17. Mixing watercolor paint in those little compact trays to make something beautiful.

18. Abstract designs, geometric patterns, shapes and colors.
 "It's all in the mind's eye!"

19. The personal knowledge of knowing that I would accomplish my creative visual fine art goals within my lifetime.
From crayola crayons to gesso canvas, the journey of being an Artists!

20. The importance of establishing a legacy of Fine Art that represents Black people at their best. 

21. Creative Ideas that are discovered while on my artists journey through this wonderful world of color.Shurvon~Shaynlicia Fashion and Fine Arts Designs, Fine Arts by Shurvon and Live ArtiFacts.

22. The best way to combine my favorite subjects of fashion design, philosophy, sociology, culture, history and literature into one fabulous peace of artwork for the purpose of interior decoration and design. Fine Arts by Shurvon presents...collage assemblage paintings.

23. Drawing fashionable clothing designs and making detailed collages with paper, beads, glass and fabric.
See the Original Fine Art Exhibits of Fine Arts By Shurvon at
The Fine Arts Theory Designer Series 2014 
my heART's Designer Series 2015
The Art of Fashion Designer Series 2016

24. Making Fine Art that is one of a kind and original like clouds in the sky!
The Sky Designer photography Series 2015.

RE~Create the Color Wheel for REAL!

The items on this list will be featured in the 'my heART's DESIGNER SERIES'
PAINT + BRUSH + PAPER = 25 Reasons i LOVE heART!

In Honor Of...
Original Fine Art Collage Assemblage Painting by L. Haynes, K. Haynes and Shurvon Haynes

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fine heART's 2 see, hear and do...

THURSDAY IN NEW YORK, there will be a poetry, jazz and art exhibit featuring the talented Danny Simmons the eldest brother of Russell and Joseph Simmons of RUN DMC & THE DEF JAM ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY
FRIDAY = Go to a fun visual art showcase, poetry, movie, dance, or theatre play in the city where YOU live!
Visit the African Market Place at Mt. Zion Baptist Church from 11am - 5pm in the Central District. Original art, food, fellowship and fashion vendors will be in the building with various items for sale!
Go to the Afrotastic Catwalk & Afropunk art exhibit to celebrate the  fabulous brand new picture book by photographer Michael July, titled: Afropunk with images of different people wearing their naturally textured hairstyles in different types of afros with glitz and glamour! Saturday, June 28th from 7pm - 11pm at the Northwest African American Museum visit their website for more information!
Attend the C-ART GALLERY for their upcoming artists showcase featuring the extremely talented visual artists; Delton Son, Marcus Leslie and Aramis Hamer  located next door from The Hiawatha Artists Lofts starting at 3pm. Visit the C-Art Gallery website for more information.
JUNE is also 'Scoliosis Awareness Month', scoliosis is a deformed curvature of the spine into the shape of a S or C, that can cause severe backaches and lung failure for many people who have this permanent orthopaedic neurological condition.
I was diagnosed with scoliosis at age nine and wore a medical back brace before and after having orthopaedic surgery at age twelve.
I'm very thankful to everyone who helped me recover after having this very complex orthopaedic procedure and for the healing strength of God to deal with the sometimes severe aches and pains that people with scoliosis have on a daily basis.
So please, please, please see if you or your family member has scoliosis because it is very important to start an ORTHOPEDIC doctor recommended treatment plan now if possible. Although, scoliosis is a permanent medical condition, each person's curve will be different according to their body shape, age and bone density.
There are thousands of people all over the world who have scoliosis and are able to do some form of physical activity with very few limitations, but it is always best to be careful and wear comfortable shoes for walking whenever possible. For more information about scoliosis visit a local hospital, library or medical research center in the city where you live.
As a visual artists and creator of Fine Arts by Shurvon and SHAYNE Fashion and Fine Arts Designs it is wonderful to see so many new, creative, talented and innovative artists in museums and galleries. It is definitely the reason 2 LOVE this COLORFUL SEASON OF SUMMER FROM MOTHER NATURE...Eat healthy food, see fabulous fine arts, dance to good music and listen to the sound of a life worth living!

Monday, June 23, 2014



Summer of your LOVE 2 DO LIST!

1. Wear your favorite colorful clothes, make-up and shoes.

2. Read, learn and study about places you want to visit and create a staycation with your library or travel video resources.

3. Participate in creative workshops, art classes, leadership programs and group field trips in your community.

4. Go to as many summer festivals, parades, concerts, bbq's and water parks as you can.

If you can't go anywhere for whatever reason at least go outside and eat or drink something fruity while reading or writing a good book!

5. Take a long drive or bus ride around the town.

6. Try some new ice cream flavors!

7. Create some different soup, salad and sandwich recipes!

8. Rediscover your creative skills and share them with the world.

9. Walk, exercise, jog, swim and dance = activate your body!




13.  Write some poetry, paint some pictures and sing some songs that make you feel happy, smile and laugh!

14. A few moments of silence everyday can equal a lifetime of peace, prosperity and preparation for a fabulous future!

15. Every day is a new day to live, laugh, learn and listen because this is the Summer 2 LOVE!

FINE ARTS BY SHURVON AND SHAYNE Fashion and Fine Arts Designs!