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

Scoliosis is the term given for a curvature of the spine in the coronal plane that is ...Read more


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Short leg cause scoliosis, sciatica, stenosis, disc bulge. Lift on now, still hurts. Surgeon says too young for fusion surgery that chiro wants? I'm 32.

Short leg cause scoliosis, sciatica, stenosis, disc bulge. Lift on now, still hurts. Surgeon says too young for fusion surgery that chiro wants? I'm 32.

Scoliosis: The indications for scoliosis surgery are based on the degree of the deformity and not the age of the patient. When the curve is greater than 40 degrees or progressive in nature then surgery is recommended. Consider a second opinion with a surgeon who specializes in spinal deformities. ...Read more

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Would another surgeon remove the hardware for scoliosis if I don't trust my original doctor to do it anymore?

Some may all U-: -can do is ask a different spine surgeon, explain why & he/her may agree as long as U get all Ur records to himmer, as well as imaging, &all is well healed. ...Read more

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Spine surgeon evaluated me. Said my scoliosis not bad enough to cause pain. Getting bone scan. Very worried about this being something serious. Chances?

Spine surgeon evaluated me. Said my scoliosis not bad enough to cause pain. Getting bone scan. Very worried about this being something serious. Chances?

Probably not serious: Back pain not usually associated with scoliosis. Low back pain can be caused by muscular and bone issues. Spondylolysis, a stress fracture in posterior part of lumbar vertebra 4 or 5, can be associated with scoliosis. Movement of one vertebra forward on another if bilateral fractures.Bone scan is the right test for detecting fractures and other causes of pain. Correlate with other imaging for rx. ...Read more

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My chest X-ray showed I have scoliosis but my dr doesn't know the angle of curve. He referred me to see a surgeon am I going to need surgery im only 19?

My chest X-ray showed I have scoliosis but my dr doesn't know the angle of curve. He referred me to see a surgeon am I going to need surgery im only 19?

See below.: Scoliosis angle can be easily measured off radiographic studies. Ask your doc to ask the radiologist who interpreted the film to measure the degree of curvature of the spine. Surgery will depend upon many factors which can be discussed at time of your referral. Surgeon will also be able to measure the angle of scoliosis. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor should I see for Scoliosis and Herniated Disk? Is an orthopedic Surgeon ok?

Which type of doctor should I see for Scoliosis and Herniated Disk? Is an orthopedic Surgeon ok?

Ortho / neurosurgeon: Orthopedists treat both scoliosis & herniated discs. However, you want to see and ortho-spine specialist & not just any ortho. Neurosurgeons also specialize in the treatment of back problems, particularly herniated disc's. It's usually just pt preference. In your case with a history of a meningioma it would be prudent to discuss these issues with your neurosurgeon first & then decide on the doc. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to correct congenital scoliosis thru minimally invasive method?

Please explain if it is possible to correct congenital scoliosis thru minimally invasive method?

This depends how: Severe the scoliosis is. If it is mild, postural and bracing can help correct it slightly. However, if it is advanced, there is not much that can be done with minimally invasive procedures. ...Read more

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Can surgery be used to treat congenital scoliosis in children? My child was born with congenital scoliosis. Can she have surgery to correct it, or does she have to wait until she's an adult? .

Can surgery be used to treat congenital scoliosis in children? My child was born with congenital scoliosis. Can she have surgery to correct it, or does she have to wait until she's an adult? .

Talk to MD: You have to find out wether the scoliosis is affecting the child. In severe cases scoliosis can cause pain and interfere with breathing. In minor cases it is detectable on examination, but is not interfering with the patient's lifestyle. If it is the latter case you may not need surgery at all. Talk to your md about options. ...Read more

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What is congenital scoliosis?

What is congenital scoliosis?

Type of spine curve: There are multiple reasons for scoliosis &one is known as a congenital type which is when there is a deformity of the bones (vertebra) of the spine that one is born with & leads to an early curvature of the spine. Some don't need surgery & others do. They tend to not respond to bracing & can be very progressive in terms of a rapidly worsening curve & may be associated with other medical issues. ...Read more

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What can I do about congenital scoliosis?

Orthopedic follow up: Congenital scoliosis should be followed closely by an orthopedic doc that treats scoliosis. The issue is usually that one side of the spine grows faster than the other due to failure of one or more segments to separate or form. It progresses over time as the child grows. ...Read more

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Is it true that congenital scoliosis is life threatening?

Not typically: Not typically. The two exception to that are if the curve has been allowed to progress to an exceptionally large degree that it effects lung or cardiac function, which is quite rare nowadays. Or two, if the patient has other associated conditions with the scoliosis such as congenital heart or kidney problems which can be seen in a small percentage of cases. ...Read more

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I'v a 10 yrs. Old daughter who has an s shape congenital scoliosis more than 45*, there was no noticable progress & no pain. What are the options?

Early and often care: Although there has been no progression yet, with your daughter at age 10 and either early in puberty or not even entering puberty yet, now is the time to be very aggressive about monitoring for changes and intervening early. This is not a little 10 degree curve - she is already at 45, and you don't want much progression before you would get agressive with early therapies. See spine doctor often! ...Read more

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I have congenital scoliosis surgery question, any suggestions?

Yes: Yes you could see an orthopedic surgeon with a specialty for the treatment of scoliosis. Also, if you list your specific question on healthtap, I will try to look for it and answer it if I can. Thank you. ...Read more

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How dangerous is congenital scoliosis for 14 yr old?

Depends severity: Congenital scoliosis can progress like idiopathic scoliosis during periods of growth. Spinal surgery depends on severity of curve. Surgery would be indicated with congenital scoliosis other body systems affected. Cardiac, kidney, and bowel abnormalities have increased incidence with congenital scoliosis. ...Read more

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20years ago had l-4 spinal fusion for congenital scoliosis now as an adult uncontrollable pain. What do you recommend?

20years ago had l-4 spinal fusion for congenital scoliosis now as an adult uncontrollable pain. What do you recommend?

Work up: You need to see a spine specialist to get some tests done to see if you have adjacent levels degeneration. Usually pt and injections are first course of treatment. ...Read more

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Treatment 42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?

Treatment 42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?

See ortho spine doc: You may need reconstructive or supportive surgery to prevent nerve damage if you have more than one vertebral body affected by the osteoarthritis. If this is a congenital issue an ortho spine doctor would give you the best advice on how to proceed safely ...Read more

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Oral maxillo-facial surgeon says I cannot ever have an implant for a certain missing molar (no walls). He could do a sinus lift. Is this worthwhile?

Oral maxillo-facial surgeon says I cannot ever have an implant for a certain missing molar (no walls). He could do a sinus lift. Is this worthwhile?

What you want?: Your bone that is required to hold the implant, bone is receding has to built. You you can afford, wants your own teeth rather than dentures, go for it speak to the surgeon prognosis. ...Read more

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17 yr-old competitive golfer with right low back deep burning pain on and off for 7 months. CT and 2 MRIs were negative. What to evaluate next.....?

17 yr-old competitive golfer with right low back deep burning pain on and off for 7 months. CT and 2 MRIs were negative. What to evaluate next.....?

Nerve root: Although CT/MRI are good for obvious nerve damage, muscular and soft tissue injuries are not as easily to pinpoint, as well as stretching of nerve roots and the resultant pain - I suggest symptomatic treatment including appropriate physical therapy, rest, and medication, if appropriate from your provider if choice ...Read more

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What complications can arise from minor scoliosis, spine curvature?

What complications can arise from minor scoliosis, spine curvature?

Idiopathic scoliosis: Idiopathic (spontaneous without a cause) scoliosis is not a painful condition. Back pain in scoliosis is similar to that of people with a straight spine unless lumbar curves exceed 30-50 degrees and thoracic curves exceed 50-70 degrees. Curve progression occurs with aging by about. 5 degree per year. It is not likely to "compress organs" or cause breathing, heart or neurologic probs unless severe. ...Read more

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Can mild scoliosis be cured completely? I've been told I have scoliosis, but it's not severe. Will treatment cure the problem completely, or will I always have some curvature? .

Can mild scoliosis be cured completely? I've been told I have scoliosis, but it's not severe. Will treatment cure the problem completely, or will I always have some curvature? .

No: There is really no "cure" for mild scoliosis from the structural perspective. Non surgical treatments do not straighten the curve and we do not do surgery for mild curves. But the reason all that is ok is because mild curves are not really usually associated with problems. Even the incidence of back pain is similar in someone with a mild curve as it is in someone with a straight spine. Thanks. ...Read more

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What other kinds of spinal curvature are there beside scoliosis?

See below: The normal curves in the spine are called lordosis and kyphosis. In the neck and low back, we typically have a lordosis and in the thoracic spine which is the middle part, we have a kyphosis. It is possible to have extremes of both lordosis and kyphosis which are not normal for example, women or men with severe osteoporosis may have an excessive kyphosis in the thoracic spine. ...Read more

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Which other kinds of spinal curvature are there aside from scoliosis?

Several: Normally when viewed from the back, the spine is straight. When the spine is curved greater than 10 degrees, it is called scoliosis. The other curves of the spine basically describe curvatures in other planes. For example, when viewed from the side, there is a normal range of curvatures that can be seen. A kyphotic deformity is an excessive curve in the sagittal plane. Thank you. ...Read more

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If the curvature increases in a front to back direction, is it still considered to be scoliosis?

If the curvature increases in a front to back direction, is it still considered to be scoliosis?

No: Bavkward bemding is called lordosis forwardis kyphosis. Most thoracic scoliosis flattens out the nomal foward bending hypokyphoisis. Kyphosis is poorly tolerated makes your back work harder to stand. ...Read more

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Are there any workout routines for scoliosis curvature?

Scoliosis exercises: Depends on cause of scoliosis. Recommend www. Iscoliosis. Com web site for videos of exercises. Exercise is the cornerstone of treatment for mild to moderate scoliosis. ...Read more

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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 the minimum curvature of a spine that would be considered scoliosis?

See below.: Any lateral curvature of the spine is considered scoliosis. Most mild and moderate degrees are not serious and do not necessary treatment unless there is a related serious physical limitation. Best is to discuss with your Dr. And get orthopedic consult if indicated. ...Read more

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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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Scoliosis (Definition)

A condition where patients have an abnormal curvature of ...Read more