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what treatment and/or bracing methods are used for a patient with scoliosis? (26)

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Dr. Bradford Winans
Radiology 28 years experience
External brace: The initial treatment would be external bracing, if this does not help to correct the curvature, or it becomes worse despite the brace, surgery for stability may be necessary

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Does scoliosis hurt?

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Dr. Jackie Lam
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Usually no: Unless it's severe, scoliosis does not usually hurt.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Which vertebrae will be fused in the average scoliosis correction?

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Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
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Depends: Often the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae are involved with scoliosis. The number of vertebrae included in the fusion will depend on the severity and location of the scoliosis. Ask your spine surgeon for your specific situation.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does scoliosis affect other body systems?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Scoliosis: There are varying degrees of scoliosis, from mild to severe. Mild may lead to some back pain, usually mild. Severe scoliosis can lead to severe deformity of the back, pressure on the abdominal organs, compression of lungs, difficulty with activities, pain and shortness of breath. If you have scoliosis, check with your doctor to assess the change, follow to see if it progresses, and referral.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How do you manage scoliosis when someone have neuromuscular disease?

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Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 39 years experience
Team effort: This is a complicated issue that grows in complexity over time. In growing children and young adults when the scoliosis begins to compromise pulmonary function, surgery becomes a consideration. Well before then the patient should be evaluated by an experienced scoliosis spine sugeon and experienced n-m pediatric neurologist. Bracing, physical therapy and pulmonary functions need to be followed.
A 39-year-old member asked:

And is one born with scoliosis or does it develop?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Yes or no: There are several different types of scoliosis. There is a scoliosis that results from congenitlal (born with) deformities within the spine that are the cause of that one type of scoliosis. It is called congenital scoliosis. There are other types that develop and there is some genetic basis for idiopathic scoliosis or what we see in adolescents most commonly.

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