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Does everyone have scoliosis even if its just minor?

Does everyone have scoliosis even if its just minor?

No: There are two major types - developmental & degenerative. The first occurs in about 1.5% of adolescents, but only a small fraction is serious. We measure severity by degrees of curvature. More than 10° is significant, but treatment is reserved for greater degrees of curve, usually more than 18°. Your doctor (not chiropractor) is the best judge of this problem. The 2nd type is in older people. ...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 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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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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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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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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20years ago had l-4 spinal fusion for congenital scoliosis now as an adult uncontrollable pain. What do you recommend?

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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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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Can you still join the air force with minor scoliosis?

Can you still join the  air force with minor scoliosis?

Yes: This may depend on the actual degree of your curve but as a general rule minor scoliosis should not restrict your activities or occupation. ...Read more

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I have minor scoliosis and I was wondering if there is anyway to straighten it out?

Follow-up: Children who have mild scoliosis should be monitored closely, generally with X-rays, to determine if the curve is getting worse. In many cases there is no treatment necessary. Sometimes a brace has to be worn to stop the curve from worsening. Sometimes surgery is suggested to keep the scoliosis from getting worse. ...Read more

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If I have a minor degree of scoliosis, and my spine is fixed will i be ablt to grow?

If I have a minor degree of scoliosis, and my spine is fixed will i be ablt to grow?

Slightly: Greater the curve magnitude, the more height restoration. For most curves requiring surgery, i would expect 1-2" height gain. ...Read more

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Can a minor scoliosis on a 18 year old male progress? What are the chances? The scoliosis is barely visible.

Scoliosis: Typically, after growth this over, a idiopathic scoliosis rarely worsens. Vast way to know is to check once or twice more over a year with new x-rays to see where the curve is. Probably not an issue.... ...Read more

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Can a minor scoliosis progress? I have minor scoliosis, not serious. I'm 18 and i'm pretty sure my growth spurt has stopped.

Can a minor scoliosis progress? I have minor scoliosis, not serious. I'm 18 and i'm pretty sure my growth spurt has stopped.

Once you have : Stopped growing and are skeletally mature, a minor scoliosis will be unlikely to progresss unless it is in the lumbar spine and then it might after a number of years with disc degeneration and/or if you develop osteoporosis. Once a curve has reached 50 degrees, even after skeletal maturity, it has a risk of progression of one degree a year with a 75% risk. ...Read more

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I have minor scoliosis, the curve moves my neck to the side. Can I straighten my neck somehow to cause it to have less of a lean? Thanks

I have minor scoliosis, the curve moves my neck to the side. Can I straighten my neck somehow to cause it to have less of a lean? Thanks

Varies : You can ultimately work on your range of motion and flexibility of the area with physical therapy and stretching. If you do have a mild curve it would be pretty uncommon to have much of a deformity going into the neck. Don't hesitate to be seen and examined directly to discuss further treatment options. ...Read more

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Are chiropractors dangerous? I have minor scoliosis and need a fix. Suggestions?

Stop!: If you truly have a minor scoliosis, there should be no reason to do anything. Minor implies no symptoms or problems, which means nothing to fix. ...Read more

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What complications can arise from minor scoliosis, spine curvature?

What complications can arise from minor scoliosis, spine curvature?

Idiopathic scoliosis: Idiopathic (spontaneous without a cause) scoliosis is not a painful condition. Back pain in scoliosis is similar to that of people with a straight spine unless lumbar curves exceed 30-50 degrees and thoracic curves exceed 50-70 degrees. Curve progression occurs with aging by about .5 degree per year. It is not likely to "compress organs" or cause breathing, heart or neurologic probs unless severe. ...Read more

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