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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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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.

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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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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.

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What exercises can prevent spine curvature due to kyphosis or spondylitis?

What exercises can prevent spine curvature due to kyphosis or spondylitis?

Flexibility exercise: Exercises can maintain flexibility but will not prevent the curvature.

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37 year old has scoliosis, lumbar lordosis and curved spine, and was born with hip dysplasia. Had several surgeries. Now has joint and back pain walkin?

37 year old has scoliosis, lumbar lordosis and curved spine, and was born with hip dysplasia. Had several surgeries. Now has joint and back pain walkin?

Joint/Back pain: You have a difficult problem because of your history. You should seek the advice of a qualified physiatrist who specializes in spine care. Preferentially they should work in the same practice as a spine surgeon so you can get both opinions.

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What is the definition or description of: Abnormal curvature of the spine?

Scoliosis: 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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When is abnormal curvatures of the spine significant for a patient?

When is abnormal curvatures of the spine significant for a patient?

Symptomatic: When they are symptomatic. Measuring the angles of the curves in the spine is the classic way to follow the curves. Back pain is typically the first symptom. Down the road interference with the functioning of the internal organs they were meant to protect by encasing them becomes problematic - like respiratory embarresment or digestive dysfunction. The best evaluation is by your pcp or ortho.

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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.

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D left side of my hip bone is higher than d right. I'd a curved spine when I was younger but d doc said d degree of curvature was ok. I get backache often. Cld this b due to d curved spine n does it usually worsens with age? Thanks!

D left side of my hip bone is higher than d right. I'd a curved spine when I was younger but d doc said d degree of curvature was ok. I get backache often. Cld this b due to d curved spine n does it usually worsens with age? Thanks!

Yes and possible: A spinal curvature can affect how the hips can appear different in height and vice versa. If a curve is greater than 50 degrees or involves the lower or lumbar spine, it can worsen with age and be associated with back pain.

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How much curvature of the spine would be considered scoliosis?

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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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I heard of a middle-aged lady that did Rolfing and her spine curvature went down so much now she doesn't even have scoliosis anymore please respond?

I heard of a middle-aged lady that did Rolfing and her spine curvature went down so much now she doesn't even have scoliosis anymore please respond?

Rolfing: There are many articles on the internet about rolfing causing improvement in scoliosis and lordosis. However, I am wondering it this is improving curvature by working with muscles ligaments that may further accentuate the curve or if it is in fact causing a difference in the bony structures of the back. Do you understand the distinction I am trying to make?

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I have severe back pain all the time with my scoliosis ihave a 42 degree curvature in my spine and i'm20 years old what is causing this pain.

Unlikely to be: Scoliosis as this is typically a painless condition unless it is a severe unbalanced curve or if it is located in the lower back where it can alter the mechanics of how you back functions. Also, there us a higher incidence of spondylolisthesis in scoliosis patients that can be the source of pain. See a spine specialist for evaluation.

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I have a 7 degree curvature of my spine in the lumbar region of my back. It's considered mild scoliosis but I'm constantly in pain, often severe. Y?

Curve from pain: People can have a mild scoliosis or curve in their spine caused by the muscle spasms that cause pain. In that situation the spine turns toward the pain, since the muscles involved are shortened. Mild scoliosis in an adult is rarely a cause of pain. You should be looking to another source for its origin.

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Hi I was wondering the symptoms of Lordosis, Or some type of Scoliosis, frequent straining sensation and hurting in back. Curvature in spine. Thanks?

Scoliosis: KailaniTi - everyone has some amount of lordosis in their spine. That is entirely normal. Scoliosis is a coronal deviation or abnormal curvature of the spine beyond 10 degrees in the coronal plane. It is not always accompanied by pain. There are other conditions of the lumbar spine (low back) that can cause pain in your age group. Typically, initial evaluations begin with a few x-rays.

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I have a small lump on my spine, right where my scoliosis curvature ends. I see a chiropractor regularly and he has said nothing.

I have a small lump on my spine, right where my scoliosis curvature ends. I see a chiropractor regularly and he has said nothing.

One of two things: Either related to scoliosis you have or something else. Need to be checked by orthopedic surgeon he will be able to tell you.

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Would like to know what does this mean in a report - LUMBAR SPINE CURVATURE IS LOST - PARASPINAL SPASM, & SCOLIOSIS WITH CONVEXITY TO LEFT IS SEEN?

Malalignment: Normally when you look at the low back of a person from the side there is a small curve known as lordosis. When this curve is reduced or straightened it can be from muscle spasm which tends to straighten out the normal curves in the spine. When you look from the back, the spine is normally straight, but in scoliosis it is curved. It may take an MRI to determine the cause of your condition.

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