exercises for harrington rod patients

Why would a harrington rod patient gradually feel mild weakness, 1st in 1 thigh, & 2 yr later the other thigh and calf? Just lack of exercise?

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Dr. Mark C. Weston
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Lower degeneratiion


Many Harrington fusion stopped atl 4 leavingtwo out of five joints too brand able to wear out quickly causing stenosis sand forinal collapse at l45 causing l4 and l5 symptoms adjacent segment disease with flat back syndrome mild nerve pressure with degeneration an loss of spacing
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If you have a harrington rod can it rust??

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No


These are stainless steel and cannot/will not rust.
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What does it mean to have Harrington rod?

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Dr. Thomas J. Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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A spine fusion


Harrington rods were developed to treat scoliosis over 50 years ago. Prior to their development, people having scoliosis surgery had a bone graft placed on the spine and had to be held in bed and in a body cast for months up to a year! The use of the rod aided in the correction &maintenence of the correction of scoliosis & a better fusion while mobilizing the person in cast and later in a brace.
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Kidney Stones

Do's And Don'ts

Print list of things to avoid, and things to do, and stick with it for a long time. Be patient.

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Pain Management
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What is a harrington rod for your back used for?

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Harrington rods


These are old rods with hooks which were used to attach multiple segments of the spine by a single hook above and a single hook below. 2 Rods were usually used. These were used to correct abnormal curvature of the spine. Inflexible, they often broke or came unhooked.
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When is it necessary to?take out a harrington rod??

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Multiple reasons


Some of these are: Rod breaks Rod comes unhooked Fusion fails Rod becomes painful Any problem with the rod or hook
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Diabetes Type 2

Do's And Don'ts

The need for insulin therapy is NOT a failure on the part of the patient but often inevitable.

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Can I skydive with a fused spine (thoracic) and Harrington rod?

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Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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Yes


If you are solidly fused, you may do anything you would like. Your level of flexibility and pain would be your only limitations. I have allowed my jumpers back after a year AND confirmation by CT of fusion (includes a jumper with a partial canopy that burst fractured spine from fall). She's doing wing suit now!
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What is the normal ?weight?of a harrington rod?

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Depends on length


Usually only a few ounces.
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Are the rods used for scoliosis surgery more flexible than the Harrington rod?

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Dr. Keith Baldwin
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
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Variable


Modern scoliosis rods have different properties based on their thickness (cross sectional area) and their metallurgy (ie titanium is more flexible). Another important bit of knowledge about the implants are whether or not they are MRI safe.

Is it possible to move after a harrington rod removal?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine
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Yes


Lots of physical therapy and conditioning inceases the rate of success.
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Can a harrington rod? cause erectile dysfunction?

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No


Spinal deformity and spinal cord compression can cause erectile dysfunction but the rod, unless misplaced, should not cause erectile dysfuction.

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