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Does scoliosis affect other body systems?

Does scoliosis affect other body systems?

Scoliosis: There are varying degrees of scoliosis, from mild to severe. Mild may lead to some back pain, usually mild. Severe scoliosis can lead to severe deformity of the back, pressure on the abdominal organs, compression of lungs, difficulty with activities, pain and shortness of breath. If you have scoliosis, check with your doctor to assess the change, follow to see if it progresses, and referral. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman
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Abnormal Curvature Of The Spine (Definition)

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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? .

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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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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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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How does scoliosis affect your body?

Scoliosis: There are varying degrees of scoliosis, from mild to severe. Mild may lead to some back pain, usually mild. Severe scoliosis can lead to severe deformity of the back, pressure on the abdominal organs, compression of lungs, difficulty with activities, pain and shortness of breath. If you have scoliosis, check with your doctor to assess the change, follow to see if it progresses, and referral. ...Read more

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Will I have a nice body even if I have bad scoliosis?

Varies: In general, curvatures over 45-50 degrees do tend to steadily progress and can potentially cause cardiac and pulmonary problems and also an enlarging "rib hump" where curves less than 45 degrees are much less likely to progress or cause problems. Don't hesitate to see a specialist to discuss the specifics of your case. ...Read more

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What other problems can scoliosis cause? Can scoliosis cause other problems or complications in the body? .

Varies: Mild to moderate cases of scoliosis usually do not cause problems. Progressive and secure causes can cause cardiac and respiratory compromise, severe pain, and abdominal symptoms as well. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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How does scoliosis affects a man reproductive systems?

How does scoliosis affects a man reproductive systems?

Not: I do not think there is any connection of scoliosis and then penis. I think you are alright but see your doctor for an exam just to be sure. ...Read more

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Alternating scoliosis meaning my body can be twisted on either side, many times a day, have DD Disease doc say fusion not an option, what can I do?

Alternating scoliosis meaning my body can be twisted on either side, many times a day, have DD Disease doc say fusion not an option, what can I do?

Fusion is an option: Fusion is always an option. It is a matter of what you are willing to give for this. If you have fusion, you lose motion. The longer the fusion which is likely with scoliosis the more motion you lose. It is a large surgery with significant pain and long recovery. Moreover, the complication rate and need additional surgery is high like 30%. So, you need to be very sure you NEED and WANT the surgery ...Read more

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I'm 16 years old, but the left side of my body is more muscular than my right side (i have scoliosis). Why is this? Does this have any consequences?

I'm 16 years old, but the left side of my body is more muscular than my right side (i have scoliosis). Why is this? Does this have any consequences?

Hemihypertrophy?: Sounds like hemihypertrophy, a disorder of overgrowth of one side of the body in comparison to the other. It's commonly associated with scoliosis.
It can occur in isolation or as part of a genetic condition like beckwith-wiedemann syndrome. These other conditions may have important implications like increased cancer risk, so screening's important, although these usually appear in early childhood. ...Read more

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Had scoliosis surgery 10 months and my body is still leaning and my left shoulder is sometimes lower than my right. When will this stop or go away?

Depending on how-: -severe the curve was, it is not always completely corrected. There R limits as 2 how much a fusion can correct. Also it sounds like U had surgery done past Ur growth ceasing. But talk 2 Ur surgeon about this. The image is of a young girl still growing, but hard 2 C on this image. ...Read more

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Why is my right side of my body more muscular? Okay. I have just noticed that the right side of my body is much much more muscular that the left side. I got this checked out, and the doctor said it wasn't scoliosis, or anything else. She said it was becau

Why is my right side of my body more muscular? Okay. I have just noticed that the right side of my body is much much more muscular that the left side. I got this checked out, and the doctor said it wasn't scoliosis, or anything else. She said it was becau

Hard to say: There are many potential causes. There is a condition known as hemihypertrophy in which one side of the body is larger than the other. There are neurologic conditions that cause increased muscle tone on one side of the body as well. Usually a detailed physical exam as well as the appropriate radiologic studies such as an MRI can establish the diagnosis. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Little scoliosis can cause muscle spasms spread in the whole body? Or it affects only some group of muscles?

Little scoliosis can cause muscle spasms spread in the whole body? Or it affects only some group of muscles?

Scoliosis: Scoliosis is usually not painful unless severe. Curves greater than 50 degrees most commonly cause pain. Your scoliosis may actually be a result of muscle spasm (sciatic scoliosis). If that is the case, treat the muscle spasm, and the scoliosis may disappear. Treatment of muscle spasms includes pt, stretching, heat/ice, otc meds. But if persistent, md evaluation will likely help to determine cause. ...Read more

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I'm 19 I have scoliosis have a 4 month old& my back pain has gotten worse. I always get tingles if its touched. I get random pain in body parts.

Scoliosis: If you have never been evaluated by an orthopedist, see one and discuss the possibility of wearing a brace. ...Read more

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Could a condition of scoliosis affect body weights? I have a slight scoliosis and I'm underweight now. Should I seek treatment from chiropractors?

Could a condition of scoliosis affect body weights? I have a slight scoliosis and I'm underweight now. Should I seek treatment from chiropractors?

Scoliosis: Idiopathic scoliosis typically affects tall lean females most frequently. The scoliosis is not affecting your weight, your body habitus is consistent with those that are affected by idiopathic scoliosis. At 21, you are past skeletal maturity and not likely to rapidly progress at this point, depending on the magnitude of the curve. ...Read more

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Is it possible for only your legs to grow and not your upper body? I have mild scoliosis and my legs feels longer. Does that affect my spine or no?

Is it possible for only your legs to grow and not your upper body? I have mild scoliosis and my legs feels longer. Does that affect my spine or no?

Growth plates: There are defined times for growth plates to close, so yes, there are periods in your lifetime when legs will grow independently to the rest of your body. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts on vertebral body stapling? Risk vs. Reward for a 9 year old girl with 30 degree thoracic scoliosis?

There are several: Options available to control or minimize a scoliosis in a child but that is dependent on the type of scoliosis, its location, degree, severity, progression risk and age of the child as well as the health of that child. The options really have to be discussed by an orthopaedic spine surgeon who knows the patient in terms of the exam, imaging studies and medical history. ...Read more

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Since all planes of body are connected e.g. Jaw, hip. Would un-tilting my jaw (surgery) align the other planes and straighten my spine (scoliosis)??

Since all planes of body are connected e.g. Jaw, hip. Would un-tilting my jaw (surgery) align the other planes and straighten my spine (scoliosis)??

Separate compartment: I think you're confused. The different compartments of the body are on their own when it comes to adult or near adult modification. Your spine responds to gravity according to a multitude of influences, but how your jaw tilts has little if anything to do with it. ...Read more

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Will physical therapy improve the posture of my body (my pelvis is tilted and I limp, because of severe sciatica and discopathy....no scoliosis!)?

Will physical therapy improve the posture of my body (my pelvis is tilted and I limp, because of severe sciatica and discopathy....no scoliosis!)?

It can: However it will need to be something you continue after the therapy has ended. If you stop doing the exercises then you will lose the benefits in the long run. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Scoliosis (Definition)

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