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Dr. Vadim Glukh
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Can bad posture affect how you grow as a child?

Dr. Vadim Glukh
Board Certified, Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
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Can bad posture affect how you grow as a child?

In short - yes: While very young child posture may be a mere reflection of any present musculoskeletal problems, the pre-teens and teenagers may have certain habits and behaviors that affect their physique. Stooping is common and leads to neck and back problems. Sitting on the floor in "reverse indian style" may lead to excessive lack of mobility of the hip joints. High heels lead to changed lordotic curvature. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Abnormal Posture (Definition)

Abnormal posture is a symptom in which a person's sitting or standing position is unusual, such as slouched forward, bent to one ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Board Certified, Pain Management
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I believe I have postural kyphosis. I can correct my posture on my own and have no pain. What can I do to change my bad posture habit? Thanks

Dr. Andrew Germanovich
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I believe I have postural kyphosis. I can correct my posture on my own and have no pain. What can I do to change my bad posture habit?  Thanks

Weight training: or other forms of resistance training, postural exercises best learned from a physical therapist and also posture taping. ...Read more

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Dr. Susumu Inoue
Board Certified, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
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My child has a bump on lower neck/back like someone with years of bad posture but she is only 7 and has jra. Is this normal?

Dr. Susumu Inoue
Board Certified, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
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My child has a bump on lower neck/back like someone with years of bad posture but she is only 7 and has jra. Is this normal?

May or may not be OK: I need more info. Is it vey hard like a bone? A back bone joint deformity causing a bump in jra is rare, but if it feels like a bone, it should be checked out. Does it move? Then it may be a lymph node. It may be a normal variant of a spinous process that comes out from the backbone v ertebra. If it is causing pain, or makes him uncomfortable to move, he needs to be examined by his doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Frances Ilozue
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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I definitely have either a herniated or bulging disc. But I'm only 22. Could it have happened from child birth? Years of bad posture?

Dr. Frances Ilozue
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I definitely have either a herniated or bulging disc. But I'm only 22. Could it have happened from child birth? Years of bad posture?

Difficult to say: It's very difficult to know for sure what's causing your symptoms, but given your age, you need to make sure that the back problem is properly diagnosed and treated to avoid complications and disability. Start with an appointment with a Primary care provider. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Olivia Liao
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Chronic muscle tension i think from bad posture since being a child.. Muscles feel hard and ropy.. Get eye strain from tight muscles to help?

Dr. Olivia Liao
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Chronic muscle tension i think from bad posture since being a child.. Muscles feel hard and ropy.. Get eye strain from tight muscles to help?

Eyestrain : Is from possible need for glasses and should not be related to bad posture type of muscle tension. See your eye doctor for an exam to start. ...Read more

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Dr. Behnam Myers
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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Does bad posture affect how much you grow during your teens?

Dr. Behnam Myers
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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Does bad posture affect how much you grow during your teens?

No: It has no affect.

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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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I'm going to start Pilates because I have really bad posture. Will that help me grow more?

Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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I'm going to start Pilates because I have really bad posture. Will that help me grow more?

May appear taller: If growth plates fused, no. , stretching, exercising, supplements nor dietary modifications will cause you to grow taller. Your tanner staging (puberty), bone age, general health, hormones, parent height are factors that determine your adult height. Pilates improves your posture, and i've seen improved posture increase height by 1-3". Stand tall! ...Read more

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Can bad posture affect a teenagers growth?

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
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Yes and no.: Linear growth will stay the same, but height will appear shorter with a slouch. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Dr. Nela Cordero
Board Certified, Pediatrics
49 years in practice
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Can upper back/shoulder/neck tension affect sinus? Haven't stretched them out in days and i've had bad posture for as long as i can remember

Dr. Nela Cordero
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Can upper back/shoulder/neck tension affect sinus? Haven't stretched them out in days and i've  had bad posture for as long as i can remember

SINUSITIS: Is infection of the sinuses, ethmoid, frontal, maxillary. It is not affected by bad posture, shoulder or neck pain. ...Read more

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