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Does Scoliosis Get Worse As You Get Older
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
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
My 14 year old daughter has been diagnosis with scoliosis... With a 14 degree curve. What are chances it will get worse. Age does girls stop growing?
This depends on: Several issues including family history especially if found on both sides, the timing of her period which if she has not had is a higher risk and the type & location of the curve. This should be monitored closely for any progression. If so, bracing is usually helpful with only 1% requiring any surgery for idiopathic scoliosis. Most growth with a spurt is just before their period starts ...Read more
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
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
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
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? .
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
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
Treatment 42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?
???? CAN: If you are an adolescent the chance of curve progression is real, therefore frequent follow ups are important, so that proper treatment can be instituted in a timely manner. In adults the curves do not normally progress, associated symptom may increase. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on the type of scoliosis. Most curves tend to progress about 1 degree per year after skeletal maturity. However, certain curves can progress fast and require surgical intervention sooner. Please check with your physician regarding the type of curve that you have and the prognosis. ...Read more
I was checked by a "professional" who said I don't have scoliosis. But now it's worse! Should I get a second opinion?
No: Your spine curvature will not worsen during pregnancy. However, the ligaments in the body relax a bit during pregnancy. So if the curvature in your spine caused some muscle spasm/aches before pregnancy, those symptoms may worsen. Exercises can help, but new back pain or changes should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more
Is a 30 degree scoliosis something to worry about? My doctor said it only needs observation, but I am so worried it will get worse over time.
Doctor said scoliosis improved and won't get worse since I'm done growing. It was mild and in the teens. Get it check again? Does slouchingmakeitworse?
Annual exam: This is one issue you can review at your annual checkup. The most worrisome issues for scoliosis involve the degree of twisting that could reduce your lung capacity and predispose you to illness. Once your growth centers have closed the vulnerable period subsides and you reach a rather fixed defect. Your slouching may or may not aggravate the process but you can work to improve posture and help. ...Read more
Can scoliosis get more worse after you stop growing. I had xray 2012 when I was 22 it was 51c now I'm 24 it's 57c but doctor did say xrays are a guess?
U need surgery:
Scoliosis curves greater than 50 degrees will increase even after you stop growing (adult) at a rate of approximately one degree per year. Current treatment recommendation is to have scoliosis surgery to correct and fuse the curve now before it gets worse.
You should see a spine surgeon specializing in scoliosis surgery. The surgeon will confirm the curve and advise treatment. ...Read more
Scoliosis. Dextroconvex 5degree & levoconvex 7degree. My gp didn't gave any treatment. Should I check every 6months on xray if curves get worse? I'm 24 now
Scoliosis: When it comes to scoliosis, a Cobb angle of under 10 is very mild. During your peak growth velocity years after your period started, the curvatures in your spine did not progress to levels that will need surgery. Now that you are fully grown and your growth plates are fused, it should not progress much further. Visit a spine specialist if you need reassurance. Good luck. ...Read more
Degree of scoliosis is 5 in lower thoracic & 7 in mid lumbar spine. Should I get a brace/treatment? I'm 24yr/old woman. I've consistent back pain tho.
Unknown: The cause of scoliosis, in most cases, is unknown. It is likely multifactorial, meaning that a combination of genetics, environment, growth, etc. Play into an individual's risk of having scoliosis. There are some cases which are due to neuromuscular diseases like tethered cord syndrome, but these are the exception and not the rule. ...Read more
We don't know: We do not know why adolescent (idiopathic) scoliosis occurs. This form of scoliosis develops as adolescents as has the highest chance of progressing while we are in our skeletally immature age, teenage years. It is best to see a physician to evaluate the severity of the curve and determine the best treatment to avoid progression. ...Read more
Bracing or Surgery: Typically, treatment for scoliosis is reserved for the pediatric population as this is the time it tends to get worse due to growth. Most patients with scoliosis can be treated with observation and exercises. Some with more significant scoliosis will need bracing to decrease the chances of getting worse. Only in the most severe cases is surgery necessary to prevent the progression. ...Read more
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