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Can a fusion correct leg pain without any back pain present?

Can a fusion correct leg pain without any back pain present?

Maybe: Not enough detail to answer accurately, but let's assume the leg pain has already been diagnosed as related to an unstable/arthritic spine. Fusion might help, but i'd want to be absolutely certain there is a definite causal relationship between any spinal findings and the leg pain before submitting to surgery. Osteopathic assessment & treatment is conservative; you might want to explore this first. ...Read more

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How can I correct bowed legs?

How can I correct bowed legs?

Depends: Treatment varies depending on your age. If you are still growing (school-age) bracing may help. If you are older than your teens, there is probably little that can be done other than surgery. Please see an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Any exercises to correct bow legs?

Any exercises to correct bow legs?

No.: The bowing can come from a deformity of the bones (femur and/or tibia) or collapse (arthritis) of the knee. If the bowing is getting worse you should be evaluated by a physician. At age 42 your bones are formed and exercises won't change their shape. ...Read more

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Is this a way to correct bow legs without surgery?

Is this a way to correct bow legs without surgery?

Depends on situation: Bow legs are often seen as a transitional finding when kids first start to walk, followed by a knock kneed phase between 3 & 5 and a straightening by 6-7.This occurs as the child's hips & legs begin to shift their growth to carry a growing upper body. If over 8-10, there is not much that can be done. ...Read more

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Could fulkerson osteotomy help correct bow legs?

Could fulkerson osteotomy help correct bow legs?

No.: A fulkerson osteotomy involves elevating the patella tendon attachment to the tibia (shin bone) to decrease the force beteeen the femur (thigh bone) and patella. A high tibia osteotomy (or proximal tibia osteotomy) is carried out to re-align bow legs secondary to medial (inner) knee arthritis and decrease medial knee pain. They are 2 different operations. ...Read more

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As a adult im 5'9 if I correct bow legs with surgery is there away they could shorten the bone as well?

As a adult im 5'9 if I correct bow legs with surgery is there away they could shorten the bone as well?

Bow legs: MRobles ~ the surgery for bow legs can shorten the bones, depending what was done. At 5'9 why would you want to shorten the bones any more? Any questions here should be addressed to an Orthopod who is skilled in KNEE surgery. I am going to wager he will try to talk you out of that enterprise UNLESS there is extremely good reason for it that is not obvious to me here! thanks ...Read more

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I have slightly x-shaped legs (and flat feet), is there anything i can do to correct my legs?

I have slightly x-shaped legs (and flat feet), is there anything i can do to correct my legs?

X legs: Orthotics - custom inserts for the shoes would help the torquing effect on your hips and knees. A good arch support stops the hips and knees from internally rotating and flattening your feet out. There are some corrective surgical procedures available, but would need to have your hips, knees, and feet checked out. ...Read more

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Was both with femoral anteversion. It hasn't correct on my right leg and causes me embarrassment and discomfort. What can be done about it?

Was both with femoral anteversion. It hasn't correct on my right leg and causes me embarrassment and discomfort. What can be done about it?

Surgery: Femoral anteversion is a rotational abnormality if the hip that causes the person to walk with the foot pointed in. In an 18 year old the only choices are to live with it or have surgery. That being said, it would have to be pretty severe to have surgery for because the surgery involves breaking the femur, rotating the femur, and then applying a plate and screws, a very painful procedure. ...Read more