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How can I straighten my spine without surgery?

How can I straighten my spine without surgery?

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 more

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How can I straighten my back spine without surgery?

How can I straighten my back spine without surgery?

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 more

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Is the only way to fully straighten the spine through surgery?

Is the only way to fully straighten the spine through surgery?

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 more

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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 !

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 !

Good point: Hopefully someday they will. Maybe one day you will contribute to that development. All that being said, surgery for kyphosis has come a long way with many patients who undergo surgery getting remarkable correction and improvement in their quality of life. Thank you. ...Read more

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How long is surgery to straighten a curved spine (kyphosis)?

How long is surgery to straighten a curved spine (kyphosis)?

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 more

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What is the recovery length after having surgery to straighten a curved spine (kyphosis)?

What is the recovery length after having surgery to straighten a curved spine (kyphosis)?

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 more

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How long should it take to walk again after surgery to straighten a curved spine (kyphosis)?

How long should it take to walk again after surgery to straighten a curved spine (kyphosis)?

The next day: Barring complication, we strongly encourage patients to be up walking and working with physical therapy as soon as possible, usually the day after surgery. This reduces the likelihood of periopertive complications such as pressure sores, blood clots, and pneumonia. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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How long will it take to be up and walking again after surgery to straighten a curved spine (kyphosis)?

How long will it take to be up and walking again after surgery to straighten a curved spine (kyphosis)?

It's fast: Depending on patient's age & health status as well as whether it is single or 2 stage procedure, usually by the next day after surgery one will try at least to dangle the patient's legs off the bed or even sit in chair. From that point, walking begins as soon as tolerated to minimize risk of blood clots in legs & lungs as well as any other lung issues. If a 2 stage procedure it may be after 2nd. ...Read more

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Since all planes of body are connected e.g. Jaw, hip. Would un-tilting my jaw (surgery) align the other planes and straighten my spine (scoliosis)??

Since all planes of body are connected e.g. Jaw, hip. Would un-tilting my jaw (surgery) align the other planes and straighten my spine (scoliosis)??

Separate compartment: I think you're confused. The different compartments of the body are on their own when it comes to adult or near adult modification. Your spine responds to gravity according to a multitude of influences, but how your jaw tilts has little if anything to do with it. ...Read more