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If I am 17 years old, can I still hope for the improvement of my back problems (scoliosis)? If so, what can I do?

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

Dr. Edward Hellman
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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?

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?

Disc issue: Over time the discs between the vertebral bodies degenerate. This can put pressure on the spinal nerves causing pain to shoot to buttock and down legs. ...Read more

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Why do memory foam beds create added pain to necks, lower back problems or mild lumbar scoliosis?

Why do memory foam beds create added pain to necks, lower back problems or mild lumbar scoliosis?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Scoliosis (Definition)

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