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How do you treat a 22 year old with a curved scoliosis or would you not do anything?

How do you treat a 22 year old with a curved scoliosis or would you not do anything?

Depends: The treatment of scoliosis first requires a thorough evaluation and special x-rays. Treatment options range from simple back bracing to complex surgical treatments. The treatment type depends upon the degree of the spinal curvature and the severity of symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman
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Scoliosis with a leg length discrepancy treatable?

Scoliosis with a leg length discrepancy treatable?

Yes but: Sonetimes there is an apparent leg length change due to the scoliosis affecting the pelvis and othertimes a true large leg length discrepancy can lead to a pelvic tilt and a scoliosis that occurs to compensate for this keeping the head centered over the body. You need to see which is the case for the appropriate treatment. ...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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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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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? .

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 do you treat scoliosis (14 year old boy)? He has really bad shoulder pain too.

How do you treat scoliosis (14 year old boy)? He has really bad shoulder pain too.

Depends: Scoliosis treatment depends on the severity of the curve, as determined by clinical examination and scoliosis XR. Minor curves are followed to skeletal maturity while more severe curves are treated with bracing or surgery. The shoulder pain may it not be related. The boy should be evaluated by a children's scoliosis specialist ...Read more

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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?

Joint/Back pain: You have a difficult problem because of your history. You should seek the advice of a qualified physiatrist who specializes in spine care. Preferentially they should work in the same practice as a spine surgeon so you can get both opinions. ...Read more

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Liddles syndrome- My 22 year old son was diagnosed with this disease this past year. Treated with meds since he was 15, and pressure still swings?

Liddles syndrome- My 22 year old son was diagnosed with this disease this past year. Treated with meds since he was 15, and pressure still swings?

LIDDLES syndrome: HPN associated with this rare hereditary sickness should respond to the potassium sparing effect of ameloride 5-20 daily or Dyazide (hydrocholorthiazide and triamterene) 100 -200 2x/ day. ...Read more

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Looking for top doctors in the u.S. Who treat CNS lupus/ceribritis vasculitis. My 22 year old niece has it and none of her drs have ever treated it.?

Looking for top doctors in the u.S. Who treat CNS lupus/ceribritis vasculitis. My 22 year old niece has it and none of her drs have ever treated it.?

Need Rheumatologist: My suggestion is to see a progressive rheumatologist in your relatively local area. There are many great centers around the country. Your location and access to the doctor can not be discounted. This is a long term disease, not a single visit issue. Many great doctors are around you. ...Read more

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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?

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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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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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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What can be done for a 14 year old with scoliosis?

What can be done for a 14 year old with scoliosis?

Scoliosis: You are in your growth period. Careful periodic examinations to see if your curve (s) is progressing should have already begun. Physical therapy with experience in scoliosis exercises should performed. You may be a candidate for bracing. If necessary surgery to stabilize and reduce the curve deformity or balance the curves may be an option. ...Read more

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How could I tell if my one year old son has scoliosis?

It is very easy: Is is a condition in which the spine in addition to the normal front to back curvature has an abnormal side-to-side “s-”or “c”-shaped curvature. The spine is also rotated or twisted, pulling the ribs along with it to form a multidimensional curve.
Also you see the nipple are different level and the wing bone also. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could scoliosis dangerous for a 13 year old?

Please tell me, could scoliosis dangerous for a 13 year old?

Depends on degree: This depends on the degree or angle and the progression. 13 is a time when someone could really benefit from bracing to avoid progression. See a physiatrist or ortho spine doc who works with scoliosis to avoid progression which could affect function later on. If it is just a minor scoliosis with no progression, then it is not dangerous, but avoiding progression is key! ...Read more

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Can a minor scoliosis on a 18 year old male progress? What are the chances? The scoliosis is barely visible.

Scoliosis: Typically, after growth this over, a idiopathic scoliosis rarely worsens. Vast way to know is to check once or twice more over a year with new x-rays to see where the curve is. Probably not an issue.... ...Read more

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What to do if I am a 16 year old apprentice mechanic with severe scoliosis. Will surgery make me lose my apprenticeship?

See your surgeon.: A lot of operations to correct scoliosis are a big deal and can take several months to recover from, during which it may be difficult for you to work. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a scoliosis to progress? It is very minor, and difficult to tell. The patient is a 18 year old male.

How long does it take for a scoliosis to progress? It is very minor, and difficult to tell. The patient is a 18 year old male.

Three good points: You are a male, you pass the growth sprout and you have minor scoliosis, all those factors god indicators for very slow progression. ...Read more

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68 year-old female just told I have dextrose convex scoliosis. What can be done about it?? This the first time I have ever been told this

Depends: Many people will develop a mild degree of scoliosis in their lifetime. The most common period is during the rapid growth years. Sometimes it is a transient finding in people with short term back pain. When growth stops, and the degree of curve does not interfere with breathing or the circulation, not much is considered necessary. When it's bad they can stick steel rods down the sides of the spine ...Read more

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My 5 year old son wears a corset for scoliosis, he has had diarreah for the last three weeks, all results are negative. Could it be the corset?

My 5 year old son wears a corset for scoliosis, he has had diarreah for the last three weeks, all results are negative. Could it be the corset?

No: He may complain about the brace, it has nothing to do with his digestive problem. Nothing you wear outside the body has anything to do with how the gut absorptive surfaces perform. Prolonged diarrhea in kids is usually related to infections, diet or food intolerance. ...Read more

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Can scoliosis be corrected at 19 years old? I discovered it a year ago and lately it got uncomfortable and painful. Are there any exercises I can do?

Yes: At 19 you are likely fully grown from the perspective of your spine. Scoliosis correction can be done depending on the severity and symptoms. If it doesn't bother you and it is not severe, I would leave it alone. ...Read more

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My 14 year old daughter has been diagnosis with scoliosis... With a 14 degree curve. What are chances it will get worse. Age does girls stop growing?

My 14 year old daughter has been diagnosis with scoliosis... With a 14 degree curve. What are chances it will get worse. Age does girls stop growing?

This depends on: Several issues including family history especially if found on both sides, the timing of her period which if she has not had is a higher risk and the type & location of the curve. This should be monitored closely for any progression. If so, bracing is usually helpful with only 1% requiring any surgery for idiopathic scoliosis. Most growth with a spurt is just before their period starts ...Read more

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My 12 year old daughter has an uneven waist. She does not have any other symptoms of scoliosis. Is this normal?

Odd question: There are no "symptoms" of mild to moderate scoliosis. It is a physical change that gradually appears over time and is unnoticed unless looked for. Proper full spine xrays are my minimal evaluation tool when I suspect it. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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