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Can you prevent scoliosis?

Can you prevent scoliosis?

No: The cause of adolescent scoliosis is unknownt the other types have no adjustable risk factors. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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How can I prevent scoliosis?

How can I prevent scoliosis?

Varies: Most types of scoliosis can not really be prevented, either they occur or don't occur. One exception to this is the collapse of a vertebrae causing scoliosis secondary to osteoporosis. People in general should be appropriately screened for osteoporosis and treated if it exists. ...Read more

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What will I do to prevent my scoliosis getting larger?

It depends: It depends in part on the size of your curve and whether or not you are still growing. If you are still growing, curves less than 30 degrees are usually just followed and curves 30-45 degrees are braced to try to prevent progression. If you are done with growth, curves less than 45 degrees usually don't progress, but greater than 45 do. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Can certain exercises prevent or treat scoliosis? Are there stretches or exercises that can be done to prevent or help correct scoliosis? .

Can certain exercises prevent or treat scoliosis? Are there stretches or exercises that can be done to prevent or help correct scoliosis?

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Good question: Over hundreds of years, the medical field has tried hundreds of things to cure scoliosis. This has included strengthening exercises, physical therapy, chiropractic care, estim, traction, and many, many other things. Nothing has ever been shown to help. Mild cases don't usually need treatment. Severe cases need surgery. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell on your own if your scoliosis is getting worse or staying the same? Can we prevent it from getting worse? Pain=bad? Eats great.

Odd statement: It is not clear if you are asking about yourself or someone else.The changes in scoliosis is influenced by age, which you don't give.Change is monitored by exam and x-rays if needed.There is no self directed method to replace these reproducible methods.Significant changes can go unnoticed by most untrained and some trained personnel. ...Read more

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I did a major scoliosis surgery before in age 30, 2 years ago. What should I do and what should I eat more in long run to prevent getting worst? Thank

Scoli correction: If you achieved a stable fusion, just keep your weight down, do not smoke and live a healthy, active lifestyle. Reduce sitting time behind a desk for long periods of time, and walk. Thats typically best to keep you active and your bones strong. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is there anything to fix scoliosis like stretching. My daughter 15, she is wearing the vest at night but just to prevent from increasing, degree is 25?

Is there anything to fix scoliosis like stretching. My daughter 15, she is wearing the vest at night but just to prevent from increasing, degree is 25?

No: But stretching and yoga may help improve conditioning. Wearing the brace 24 hours a day will help prevent further curvature. If the curvature is less than 25% it is unlikely surgery will be indicated. All the best. ...Read more

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I have a lower back pain on my left side just by the waist. I have been diagnosed with scoliosis. what can I do to prevent this pain.

I have a lower back pain on my left side just by the waist. I have been diagnosed with scoliosis.  what can I do to prevent this pain.

Varies: In general, it is good to maintain ideal body weight, keep core strong, avoid smoking, and avoid activities that aggravate your back. Followup with a specialist to ensure no further treatment indicated for your scoliosis. ...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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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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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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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 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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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?

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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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How dangerous is congenital scoliosis for 14 yr old?

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?

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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