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Back Problems Scoliosis
If I am 17 years old, can I still hope for the improvement of my back problems (scoliosis)? If so, what can I do?
See a specialist: You need to see a specialist in scoliosis, that have an experience in reconstruction, or congenital spine problem. In the USA we have charity organisation like the SHRINE they take care of children with bone problems. In Italy see a spine orthopedic doctor, the options are either conservative treatment with a brace and physical therapy, or invasive surgery where they use hard rods to correct the problem ...Read more
I've always had back problems from scoliosis. Yesterday I had a pain in my butt cheek when I bent over. Woke with intense pain in lower back. Why?
Sleep on Side: Hard to say why. Beds are so specific for each person, I would suggest trying another bed if possible. Alternatively, side sleeping puts the least pressure on the spine, especially with pillows between legs. If this is still uncomfortable consider sleeping in your back with 2-3 pillows under your legs to raise them, so back stays flat on the bed. ...Read more
At 16 I shouldn't have back problems. My neck bone is larger than normal, my tale bone is big to I'm in constant chronic pain & I don't have scoliosis?
Anatomy: There is not one 'neck' bone and not one 'tail' bone. I would advise you that your troubles will not in any way be helped on the internet. You need to be examined and evaluated by your primary care physician and any orthopedic expert that will be necessary for you. ...Read more
Treatment 42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: No, they cannot.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
If I have scoliosis and hipotiroide can I make aerobic exercices? Or is contraindicated to practice aerobic if I have problemes with my back?
If I have to stay 9h/day on the chair at work, this can be a problem for my scoliosis? What can I do for not having problems with my back and pain?
Stretching brakes: 9 hrs of sitting won't make curve worse but can cause some muscle fatigue. I recommend small brakes to stretch your back every 2 hr. Or so. ...Read more
I've got scoliosis now my neck is giving me problems. It feels like a spur is tearing through my neck out my back?
Be seen: If your pain is particularly severe, I sure would not hesitate to be seen for a more specific diagnosis beyond that you simply have scoliosis. A good exam and appropriate tests will usually determine the cause of your pain and your options for treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have scoliosis and my lower left back never developed while the right muscle bulges. Can anything be done to even this out? Problems later in life?
Depends: Usually exercise and physical therapy is the mainstay of dealing with issues from scoliosis. Sometimes depending on how much curve you have you might benefit from a brace as well. I would speak with a good musculoskeletal/spine physical medicine ; rehabilitation doctor or even an orthopedic spine surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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