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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Abnormal Curvature Of The Spine (Overview)

Scoliosis is the term given for a curvature of the spine in the coronal plane that is greater than 10 degrees.


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What are the abnormal curvatures of the spine?

What are the abnormal curvatures of the spine?

There are several: Known as scoliosis, kyphosis or lordosis. In certain regions of the spine there are normal ranges of kyphosis or lordosis but a scoliosis is not normal ; can occur from several reasons. There can be abnormal degrees of kyphosis or lordosis that can be associated with each other ; scoliosis. The sway in the lower back is a lordosis and roundness of chest is kyphosis. Coiling of spine is scoliosis. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman
606 doctors shared insights

Abnormal Curvature Of The Spine (Overview)

Scoliosis is the term given for a curvature of the spine in the coronal plane that is greater than 10 degrees.


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How much curvature of the spine would be considered scoliosis?

How much curvature of the spine would be considered scoliosis?

15 degrees: Under 15 degrees is called spinal asyemtry is a common normal variant. ...Read more

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What is normal curvature of the spine?

What is normal curvature of the spine?

Three: Cervical lordosis, thoracic kyphosis, and lumbar lordosis. This provide a balanced erect spine. ...Read more

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Xr lumbar spine there is some irregularity of the inferior end plate L5 increased sclerosis of the articular processes throughout the lumbar spine, ?

Xr lumbar spine there is some irregularity of the inferior end plate L5 increased sclerosis of the articular processes throughout the lumbar spine, ?

Fairly common: Description for imaging by age 30 relating more to age relatd degenerative changes particularly at the lower two disc spaces ascwell as involving the small joints or articular processes of the back with two facet joints found at each disc level. This can be further affcted if one smokes ;/or obese. Genetics also play a role while ther is mixed data as to other possible environmental causes. ...Read more

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"Xr lumbar spine there is some irregularity of the inferior end plate L5 increased sclerosis of the articular processes throughout the lumbar spine, ?"

"Xr lumbar spine there is some irregularity of the inferior end plate L5 increased sclerosis of the articular processes throughout the lumbar spine, ?"

Varies : Increased sclerosis on the articular processes throughout the spine is another way to say you have diffuse arthritic changes in you spine. The end plate irregularity is harder to say without seeing the film, it can also represent a change seen in arthritis, but can also represent a fracture or even be seen in an infection of the vertebrae. You should see your doctor to go through it with you. ...Read more

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What does levoconvex curvature of the lower thoracic and lumbar spine mean?

What does levoconvex curvature of the lower thoracic and lumbar spine mean?

Means direction: It means which side the spine is curved .' Levo ' means left ' Dextro ' means towards right . Good Luck ...Read more

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What causes straightening of the curvature in the neck?

What causes straightening of the curvature in the neck?

Muscle spasm: Commonly, muscle spasms may cause your neck to straighten. If there has been injury or arthritis of the vertebrae of the neck then the bony problem may be contributing to the straightening, . ...Read more

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Describe anatomy of the spine and spinal cord?

Describe anatomy of the spine and spinal cord?

Hmmm: Can't be described in 400 characters. Probably can't be appropriately described in a 400 page text book. There are 7 cervical vertebrae, 12 rib bearing thoracic vertebrae, 5 non-rib bearing lumbar vertebrae (there are normal variants to these by the way) .There are 5 fused sacral vertebrae, and usually 3 vestigial coccygeal bones. The spinal cord extends from the brain down to about l1/l2, and.... ...Read more

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I have spine scoliosis with 5-7 degree curvature, will therapy fix it?

I have spine scoliosis with 5-7 degree curvature, will therapy fix it?

No: Spine curvature under 10 degrees is considered within normal anatomic variation and is typically not clinically detected unless someone is looking for it. If it is symptomatic therapy may help with symptoms but it will not reverse the curvature. Typically this level of curvature is not symptomatic. ...Read more

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What is an excessive lateral curvature of the spine?

What is an excessive lateral curvature of the spine?

Scoliosis: Scoliosis is the lateral curving of the spine. An indication for fusion is typically ~60+ degrees. ...Read more

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What is straightening of the normal cervical lordosis?

What is straightening of the normal cervical lordosis?

Lordosis: Normally the neck area, or cervical spine, has a curve where the middle part bends out toward the front of the body. The xray here shows a loss of some of that normal curve. Losing this curve can be caused by many things including poor posture, neck muscle strain or osteoporosis. The most common cause is muscle strain often from bending over a computer. A chiropractor can help correct this. ...Read more

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Lateral curvature of the spine is called what?

Lateral curvature of the spine is called what?

Describes: An idiopathic scoliosis is not just a curve or lateral bend of the spine but a twisting or coiling or rotation of the spine that leads to a curvature just like coiling or twisting a rope. In this case, the "curvature" is appearing as a lateral type. There are other types of scoliosis including but not limited to: spasmodic, congenital and neurogenic ...Read more

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My MRI report say this: levoconvex curvature of the lumbar spine. The spinal cord terminates at the inferior aspect of the t12 vertebral body.Meaning?

My MRI report say this: levoconvex curvature of the lumbar spine. The spinal cord terminates at the inferior aspect of the t12 vertebral body.Meaning?

Doctor speak: We need to sound smart. It basically means a bit of a scoliosis i the lower spine with the apex of the curve pointed to the left. The spinal cord is ending at the bottom of the last thoracic vertebrae, which isn't to far from normal. Speak to your doctor and they can likely go over the actual films with you and show you what they mean. ...Read more

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What angle of thoracic curvature of the spine would lead to breathlessness?

What angle of thoracic curvature of the spine would lead to breathlessness?

Varies: Presumably, you are referring to scoliosis. It has been shown that curves in the 60 degree range begin to show subtle pulmonary function changes and that curves over 90 degrees are associated with clinical symptoms. If I have someone with a small curve and shortness of breath, another cause should be sought such as reactive airway disease. ...Read more

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Bad posture and curvature of the spine related?

Bad posture and curvature of the spine related?

Usually not: However there is thoracic kyphosis. And a young person this can be postural. Exercises may help. However a structural curve will not usually improve with adjustment of your posture. ...Read more

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SPECT of the spine shows moderate increased uptake in the anterior aspect of +/- L3 and in the thoracic vertebrae. What does this mean?

It means that: those areas of the bone have more metabolic activity than adjacent normal bone. It has to be interpreted in the context of the distribution of activity, your clinical history, and possibly other imaging studies, because based on limited nonspecific info, it could mean anything from trauma to arthritis to metastatic disease. Talk to your doc about the results. ...Read more

Dr. Zachariah George
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Curved Spine (Definition)

Curved spine = The human spine is normally curved. However excessive or abnormal curvatures can be seen with conditions like ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Scoliosis (Definition)

An abnormal curvature of the spine or backbone in which part of the spine looks curved to ...Read more