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Can you recommend exercises for me? I have severe scoliosis.

Can you recommend exercises for me? I have severe scoliosis.

Most exercise is ok: Scoliosis is not worsened by exercise. Most exercises should be fine with scoliosis. Avoid repetitive impact exercises (such as long distance running) and heavy weight lifting (such as squats and dead-lifts) if you have severe degenerative adult scoliosis, as these exercises can worsen back and lower extremity pain. ...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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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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I have congenital scoliosis surgery question, any suggestions?

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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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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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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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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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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Treatment 42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?

Treatment  42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis  + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?

See ortho spine doc: You may need reconstructive or supportive surgery to prevent nerve damage if you have more than one vertebral body affected by the osteoarthritis. If this is a congenital issue an ortho spine doctor would give you the best advice on how to proceed safely ...Read more

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What is the most recommended exercise for relieving back pain due to scoliosis?

What is the most recommended exercise for relieving back pain due to scoliosis?

Adjustment+exercise: You want to minimise progression of scoliosis & strengthen core. Suggest long term relationship w/ osteopathic physician who does omt (manipulation) see aao or cranial academy online. Feldenkrais also very useful for learning to sense your own body, tai chi, qi gong, and esp yoga can be very helpful. One-on-one pilates if possible also good. Remember get best alignment 1st, strengthen 2nd. ...Read more

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Which exercises do experts commonly recommend for relieving back pain due to scoliosis?

Which exercises do experts commonly recommend for relieving back pain due to scoliosis?

Scoliosis: Unless your curve is severe (50-70° or more), your pain is probably typical mechanical or muscular. Degenerative is certainly another source. Scoliosis patients are no more likely than those with straight spines to have pain. I would recommend pilates/piyo/yoga for core strength. If that fails, then potentially seeing a mckenzie certified pt would be best. This would require a doc's rx. ...Read more

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Hi doctor, I,m 18 and have a scoliosis of 38 and 21 degree, my right scapula is severe and obvious. Is there any exercise to do without surgery?

Hi doctor, I,m 18 and have a scoliosis of 38 and 21 degree, my right scapula is severe and obvious. Is there any exercise to do without surgery?

Scoliosis: Exercise is rarely helpful. Sometimes a brace may help but generally if greater than 25degrees, surgery is necessary. All the best. ...Read more

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I have mild cervical spine dextroconvex scoliosis.Can you recommend me correction exercises or a health site that provide explained exercises for this?

I have mild cervical spine dextroconvex scoliosis.Can you recommend me correction exercises or a health site that provide explained exercises for this?

More info needed: It sounds like you were evaluated by a specialist who made the diagnosis. If you have not, then consider an evaluation with an orthopedic surgeon. You may be prescribed a course of physical therapy and you will be taught proper exercises. ...Read more

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My mom is 68. Basically healthy except for severe back/leg pain. Has has MRI that shows stenosis. Has severe scoliosis curve.Recommend fusion?

My mom is 68. Basically healthy except for severe back/leg pain. Has has MRI that shows stenosis. Has severe scoliosis curve.Recommend fusion?

Spinal Stenosis: 60% of patients respond to physical therapy, specifically traction. 30% respond to meds, including oral and injected steroids. 10% require surgery when pain is intractable and failed to respond to the other treatments. The severity of the stenosis can be predictive for the need for surgery. A pm&r doc or spine specialist should be able to determine if surgery is appropriate. ...Read more

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What to do if I have severe scoliosis and neck problems. What types of scoliosis therapy should I avoid?

What to do if I have severe scoliosis and neck problems. What types of scoliosis therapy should I avoid?

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 more

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I have severe scoliosis, arthritis, fibro & other health issues. I'm only 34 yrs old. I've gained 90 lbs in the last 4 yrs. No one knows why?! help!

I have severe scoliosis, arthritis, fibro & other health issues. I'm only 34 yrs old. I've gained 90 lbs in the last 4 yrs. No one knows why?! help!

Primary; specialist: Start with your primary care physician to make sure that you do not have a systemic condition (i.e. Hypothyroidism) that could be causing symptoms. Scoliosis is not painful by itself. Exercise is the best way to prevent progression of scoliolosis and to manage pain from arthritis/fibro. After you see your primary, see a physiatrist who can make recommendations re: your rehabiliation course. ...Read more

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How can I treat severe scoliosis pain?

A few ideas: Exercises designed to balance muscle tension.Osteopathic manipulation to optimize vertebral & neural function & muscle balance.Find a fixable cause: ex. short leg syndrome (can be improved by wearing a heel lift).Prolotherapy to strengthen ligaments/prevent further curving.Neuroprolotherapy to overstretched/inflamed nerves to quiet/stop pain.These are not easy, but are more than symptomatic care. ...Read more

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