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How Long Does It Take To Outgrow Mild 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
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
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
No: No, they cannot.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
Treatment 42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?
3 months to 1 year: There are multiple types of scoliosis. Recovery depends on your age, the location of the surgery, the number of levels fused, your bone quality, and the type of surgery. This question should be discussed with your surgeon as the answer varies quite a bit depending on the exact cause of the scoliosis, many patient factors, and the type of surgery performed. ...Read more
Depends on surgery..: Discuss with your orthopedic surgeon this question. The answer will vary depending on exactly what needs to be done in your case and if there are any complications that may extend the recovery time. Also your general health can influence recovery time for many surgical procedures. Not all cases of scoliosis require surgery. If concerned, a 2nd opinion re: treatment is never a bad idea. Good luck. ...Read more
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.
Depends on severity: The procedure can take anywhere from 3 or 4 hours, to much longer. It depends on the severity of the curve, how many segments need to be fused, and if there are any congenital anomalies that need to be addressed (ie. Hemivertebrae). ...Read more
Is Scoliosis not progressive? My doctor said that my scoliosis condition is mild and it will no longer worsen is this true?
My left leg is 9mm longer than my right and I have a mild scoliosis. But when I wear a 4mm shoe lift on my right the curve only gets worse. How?
Had lumbar fusion&scoliosis surgery on l3l4 and had to have another one, 1screw was hitting the nerve. How long will it take for my nerve to heal?
Difficult to say....: In general, nerves repair themselves at a rate of 0.5 mm per day.....Depends the extent of nerve injury. Usually 3 to 6 months. ...Read more
Is it possible for only your legs to grow and not your upper body? I have mild scoliosis and my legs feels longer. Does that affect my spine or no?
Growth plates: There are defined times for growth plates to close, so yes, there are periods in your lifetime when legs will grow independently to the rest of your body. ...Read more
How long can you have a pinched nerve or a herniated disc or suffer from nerve pain? And even with mild scoliosis can this affect your disc in your back and injuries that can happen to your the rustic spine
It varies: Pain arising from a "pinched" or irritated nerve in the spine usually goes away within a few weeks to a few months depending on the cause. However in a minority of cases the pain can persist for months or even years. Scoliosis is rotation/curvature of the spine most often in the middle back (thoracic) or lower back (lumbar). This can cause added stress to the discs in your spine. ...Read more
I have a mild left lumbar scoliosis (pelvic obliquity), but my left leg is also longer, so a shoe lift on my right doesn't help me. What can I do?
Give it time: Pelvic obliquity and scoliosis are not related. The pelvic tilt is due to the leg length difference. This should be corrected with a shoe lift, but your body has adapted to the difference. Give the lift some time. Scoliosis is a different problem. It could be compensatory due to the pelvic tilt, or it may be a separate problem. Discuss with your doctor and therapist. ...Read more
Depends: Since you are skeletally mature (based in the profile which says u are 31), we would normally observe. If you are having pain, it may be advisable to do a little exercise therapy. ...Read more
Isometric exercise: Keeping your paraspinous muscles in good shape will take care of your spine health. Like with a suspension bridge (the spine being the pillars and the muscles the cables), if the pillars are a bit bent (scoliosis), as long as the support cables are strong, the bridge will stand. Keeping the "cables" strong means isometric back exercises: rowing (machine), (stationary) bike, swimming, yoga. ...Read more
See a massage therap: Scoliosis results when muscle balance is lost around the spine, and the stronger muscle pulls in its direction, then the rest of the spine bends as well. A good massage therapist can help relax the overworking muscle and help, it relax. If not treated, this will worsen ...Read more
It depends: In general, curves less than 45 degrees in the thoracic spine are not thought to cause problems. Curves in the lumbar spine can cause premature degenerative changes potentially leading to back and leg pain. Curves over 45 degrees can relentlessly progress and in severe cases can cause multiple potential problems including even cardiac and respiratory failure. Thank you for your question. ...Read more
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