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Exercises To Help Correct Scoliosis
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: No, they cannot.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 certain exercises prevent or treat scoliosis? Are there stretches or exercises that can be done to prevent or help correct scoliosis?
Good question: Over hundreds of years, the medical field has tried hundreds of things to cure scoliosis. This has included strengthening exercises, physical therapy, chiropractic care, estim, traction, and many, many other things. Nothing has ever been shown to help. Mild cases don't usually need treatment. Severe cases need surgery. Thank you for your question. ...Read more
I have thorcic scoliosis convexity to right side with rib cage how can i correct it i was not having it 3 years back which exercises should i do.
Scoliosis at age 20: You need to see an Orthopedist as soon as possible! ...Read more
Can weight lifting correct very mild scoliosis? My pcp suggested this. One shoulder is about 1 inch higher than the other. Exercise suggestions?
Scoliosis: It is highly unlikely that weightlifting could correct mild scoliosis at your age. The ligaments that are holding the spine in the scoliotic position are fixed in this position and this will not change from bodybuilding. If you are concerned, i would suggest that you see a scoliosis specialist for appropriate recommendations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scoliosis is interfering with my daily life, back muscles are imbalanced, causing back and pelvic pain.What exercises can I do to correct my imbalance?
Options for treatmen: For the adolescent (Age 19) treatment for curves 40 degrees that are progressive despite brace treatment, surgery maybe indicated.? Treatment options include observation, orthoses (brace) and surgery. There is no evidence that exercise programs are effective in preventing progression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not : Scoliosis can be idiopathic (we don't know what causes it) or from a skeleton or nerve problem. Either way, no specific exercise have been shown to improve the curve. That said, no exercises have been shown to worsen the curve either. Pull-ups are a reasonable exercise in general and even if they don't effect your curve, are good for your fitness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any are ok unless: A severe enough curve may affect your breathing so that could limit your exercise tolerance. If there are degenerative changes leading to arthritis or spinal instabilities due to these changes may find certain twisting/rotation or high impact exercises not well tolerated. Weight lifting is ok as long as it does not hurt or may have to be modified as to lower weight & higher reps. Swimming is ok. ...Read more
Most exercise is ok: Scoliosis is not worsened by exercise. Most exercises should be fine with scoliosis. Avoid repetitive impact exercises (such as long distance running) and heavy weight lifting (such as squats and dead-lifts) if you have severe degenerative adult scoliosis, as these exercises can worsen back and lower extremity pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Scoliosis involves the boney structure of the spine. Exercise will allow the muscles that attach to the spine to be flexible and strong. Any exercise that causes pain in the back should not be repeated. Activities that increase the core muscle strength will increase the stability of the back despite the scoliosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers