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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'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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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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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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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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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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400 mg of ibuprofen daily is enough to handle the chronic low back pain from my scoliosis. Is this amount daily dangerous for the long term?

400 mg of ibuprofen daily is enough to handle the chronic low back pain from my scoliosis.  Is this amount daily dangerous for the long term?

Yes it can: With GERD, repeated use of ibuprofen can cause erosions and lead to ulcers in your esophagus or stomach. At least you should use a GI protectant if you need this drug, and regular evals for anemia, kidney and liver function. Remember most GI bleeds are painless. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a condition similar to scoliosis?

Scoli and kyphosis: Scoliosis is the s-shaped curve when looking at your frontal image. Kyphosis is the accentuation of the posture from the side, causing a pronounced hump on the back. Turn to the side and look at your profile. Ann exaggerated s from the side may be seen. This is kyphosis. Some kyphosis is normal, but I am referring to excessive kyphosis. These are the 2 deformities typically discussed. ...Read more

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Can I do professional wrestling with scheuermann's disease and scoliosis?

Can I do professional wrestling with scheuermann's disease and scoliosis?

Wrestling: That all depends on the extent of your scoliosis. You would be best served by an evaluation by a physician well versed in sports medicine who can give you realistic expectations of your potential to perform and your limitations if any. ...Read more

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Can yoga good for people who have disk degenerative disease and scoliosis?

Can yoga good for people who have disk degenerative disease and scoliosis?

Within reason: Any activity that strengthens the postural muscles and core can help decrease back pain from disk disease and degenerative scoliosis. While it will not change your alignment, it can help you feel more flexible and have less pain. Avoid any extreme positions that increase your pain. ...Read more

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How do you manage scoliosis when someone have neuromuscular disease?

How do you manage scoliosis when someone have neuromuscular disease?

Team effort: This is a complicated issue that grows in complexity over time. In growing children and young adults when the scoliosis begins to compromise pulmonary function, surgery becomes a consideration. Well before then the patient should be evaluated by an experienced scoliosis spine sugeon and experienced n-m pediatric neurologist. Bracing, physical therapy and pulmonary functions need to be followed. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises for a right thoracic scoliosis condition?

What are the best exercises for a right thoracic scoliosis condition?

Hmm: not a lot of science: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23558442 I suggest a general conditioning program of stretching. A gentle yoga program could help a lot. ...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?

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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Is scoliosis a autoimmune disease?

Is scoliosis a autoimmune disease?

No: Scoliosis, or an abnormal curvature of the spine, is often congenital (you are born with it) but never autoimmune. ...Read more

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