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

Scoliosis is the term given for a curvature of the spine in the coronal plane that is ...Read more


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Is degenerative spine disease a disability? Please advise!

Is degenerative spine disease a disability? Please advise!

Hard to say: Depends on a lot and what you do for a living. Being disabled means you cannot do anything else as an occupation since the only ability you had was the one occupation you cannot hold anymore. Recommend never getting labeled "disabled" if possible. ...Read more

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Is degenerative joint disease covered by disability?

Is degenerative joint disease covered by disability?

Pain physician: It is the effect of a disorder/disease which makes a person disable rather than having the disease. You should consult a pain management center for better guidance. ...Read more

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What complications can arise from minor scoliosis, spine curvature?

What complications can arise from minor scoliosis, spine curvature?

Idiopathic scoliosis: Idiopathic (spontaneous without a cause) scoliosis is not a painful condition. Back pain in scoliosis is similar to that of people with a straight spine unless lumbar curves exceed 30-50 degrees and thoracic curves exceed 50-70 degrees. Curve progression occurs with aging by about .5 degree per year. It is not likely to "compress organs" or cause breathing, heart or neurologic probs unless severe. ...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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Can having scheuermann's kyphosis of thoracic interfere with lung function/breathing?

Can having scheuermann's kyphosis of thoracic interfere with lung function/breathing?

Extremely rare: When kyphosis angle exceeds 100 degrees (rare), the sharply bent spine puts pressure on the heart, lungs, and intestines. When this occurs, patients may tire quickly, suffer shortness of breath, feel chest pain, and lose their appetite. ...Read more

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How serious or dangerous is lumbar disk disease with myelopathy?

How serious or dangerous is lumbar disk disease with myelopathy?

Need more info: Lumbar disease usually cannot cause myelopathy. Myelopathy is compression of the spinal cord or an intrinsic brain disease. The spinal cord ends at about L1 (the upper most part of the lumbar spine) in most patients so lumbar disease (meaning the lower back area) doesn't cause spinal cord compression. A more specific question may be more helpful. ...Read more

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Is scoliosis inherited?

Is scoliosis inherited?

Yes: Most forms of scoliosis have a hereditary pattern. The exact inheritance pattern is not yet known. However we know that scoliosis tends to be more common in twins and in families with a known history of the disease. ...Read more

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Is 23 degrees thoracic and 16 degrees lumbar scoliosis considered severe scoliosis?

Is 23 degrees thoracic and 16 degrees lumbar scoliosis considered severe scoliosis?

No: No, this would be considered a relatively small curve. If the person still had growth left, they would still need to be followed to make sure it did not get bigger. If the person was skeletally mature, it would not even need to be followed. Thank you for your. Question. ...Read more

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Anyone coping with scoliosis from hemihypertrophy?

Anyone coping with scoliosis from hemihypertrophy?

Not me: But i recognize the problem. Your one side is more developed muscularly than the other, and the weaker side is less able to support your spine, so you can start to bend toward the side with more muscle. This can be painful. The best solution if the condition is not very advanced is to keep the more developed side well stretched and work to strengthen the weaker side. Pt will help. Avoid bracing. ...Read more

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What is acquired scoliosis?

What is acquired scoliosis?

Not genetic: Regular or idiopathic scoliosis is usually a genetic basis whike acquired arises from a secondary issue like a back spadm, disc herniation or disc degeneration or even a tumor or spine infection. ...Read more

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Anyone specialize in spinal issues? Scoliosis specifically?

NF support gp impt: Depending on the degree of scoliosis, a spine specialist can assist. Also, an osteopathic physician (DO) with neuromusculoskeletal training can help and treat as well as evaluate on your first visit. Do need to know the level and type of NF history you have. Hope you are part of a support group, as that's always helpful for local referrals to specialists, who work with NF patients. ...Read more

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How rare is having kyphosis, scoliosis together?

How rare is having kyphosis, scoliosis together?

Not uncommon: Scoliosis is a spinal deformity. It is not uncommon for patients with scoliosis to have their deformity also involve their sagittal plane as well, which can be described as a hyper or hypokyphosis. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Can osgood sclatters be a permanent, genetic condition with chronic flares lastting in severity? Can't find any information confirming this.

Can osgood sclatters be a permanent,  genetic condition with chronic flares lastting in severity? Can't find any information confirming this.

Ends at adulthood: Osgood-shlatter's disease is an apophysitis of the tibial tubercle. It is related to increased activity and is often seen after growth spurts (bones grow fast, and tendons do not keep up...Causing tightness in areas such as the patellar tendon...Causing excessive traction on the tibial tubercle resulting in apophysitis). At skeletal maturity, the apophysis closes and the pain goes away! ...Read more

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How severe is scoliosis with a curve of 30 degrees?

How severe is scoliosis with a curve of 30 degrees?

Mild: This is a fairly small curve. For people who are young (child or adolescent) it may need watching to see if it worsens (gets larger). A young and middle-aged adult with a curve of this size tends to stay the same until later in life (usually age in the sixties and beyond). ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Scoliosis (Definition)

A condition where patients have an abnormal curvature of ...Read more