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How Can I Straighten My Back Spine Without Surgery
37 year old has scoliosis, lumbar lordosis and curved spine, and was born with hip dysplasia.Had several surgeries. Now has joint and back pain walkin?
Probably not: Bracing for scoliosis during adolescence is controversial. Even the supporters of it generally think it prevents worsening, but it does not make the curve go away. If the curve is progressing, consider surgery, especially if it is affecting your appearance and self image. If it is not progressing, stay physically and socially active. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Mild postural deformity can be improved by exercises stressing strength and position. Larger deformities generally do not respond to this. Sometimes deformities will progress regardless of treatment. All deformities tend to stiffen with age. Some also continue to worsen with aging. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In general, yes: It sounds like you may have scoliosis? In an adult patient, the only way to correct a spinal deformity and maintain it is with surgery. That is not to say that all patients with scoliosis need surgery, many can have their symptoms relieved no operatively; but in terms of correcting the curve itself, surgery is required to do that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: Once you've stopped growing (at about 18 y/o) your spine has stopped growing as well. ...Read more
Why nobody invented a better surgery to straighten up the spine for those who suffer with kyphosis after the age of 20? Nobody wants titaniums in !
Ortho biased: As an orthopaedic surgeon, i feel our 5yrs of residency plus fellowship training in spine surgery, give us an advantage in treating spinal problems. We are well versed in biomechanics, bone healing and metabolism, as well as biomaterials. Our knowledge base is grounded in musculoskeletal care, which includes bone, joint, muscle, nerve, ligament, tendon and skin. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No! Once healed!: No-you are simply doing the equivalent of "cracking your knuckles"- it feels good or it just becomes a habit. By "cracking" or mobilizing the small joints of your spine(facet joints) it causes a temporary reflexive relaxation of the surrounding muscles. This is what an osteopath or chiropractor will attempt to achieve with manipulation. You are doing your own! you are not causing any arthritis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: This depends on multiple factors: surgeon's skill and skill of operating team & its efficiency, the type of curve, the size and extent of the deformity, how stiff it is, your bone density status, your weight, the amount of surgical blood loss, your neurologic status and your underlying medical status. Also depends whether it will be done from one approach or two or if it needs to be staged as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It varies: It depends on the cause of the kyphosis. For example, kyphosis from an osteoporosis fracture is treated with a minimally invasive kyphoplasty, which has almost no recovery time. A kyphosis from a structural, non fracture deformity is similar to a scoliosis type surgery and has an approximate 12 week recovery until return to full activity. Thank you for the question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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