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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?

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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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?

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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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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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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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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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How to measure scoliosis curved?

How to measure scoliosis curved?

Scoliosis: The degree of curvature in scoliosis is measured from x-rays of the spine. Serial x-rays taken over time are compared to see if the curvature is getting worse, is stable, or is improving. The curvature usually stabilizes once adult height is reached and growth plates close. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with scoliosis. Are there cheaper, alternative ways instead of surgery for corrective measures?

Depends: Scoliosis is variable, with the majority of affected patients with curves below 15%, few if any related symptoms and no need for treatment.For those whose lung functions are compromised by the change in the shape of the chest cavity, surgery would be the usual remedy.Bracing is usually limited to the growing teen to redirect the drift, adults would have little benefit.Each case is different ...Read more

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I have scoliosis stetching down from T6 to S4. It has been measured at 21°. Is running bad for my back?

I have scoliosis stetching down from T6 to S4. It has been measured at 21°. Is running bad for my back?

No: So a 21 degree curve In an adult will usually not progress and does not usually cause any problems. You can continue all activities as tolerated and do not need to do anything differently than you would if you did not have it. ...Read more

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Ihave a 42 degrees s curve scoliosis. Is it more dangerous?

Ihave a 42 degrees s curve scoliosis.  Is it more dangerous?

No but it is a : Fairly classic presentation which as long as it remains under 50 degrees, you will be able to avoid surgery. You should not have any physical restrictions in terms of activities you may want to do. At age 19 and being female, your are skeletally mature. If a curve exceeds 50 degrees, the risk if progression in adulthood is a degree a year 75% chance. ...Read more

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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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What is a Cobb angle of 12 degrees regarding scoliosis?

End vertebrae: A Cobb angle is measured by taking a line parallel to the end vertebrae of a scoliosis curve and a second line parallel to the vertebrae on the other end, and then measuring the angle between those two line. If the spine is perfectly straight, the cob angle would be zero. A Cobb angle of 12 degrees represents a very mild curve. ...Read more

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Can a scoliosis under 10 degrees on the back level thing be bad?

Can a scoliosis under 10 degrees on the back level thing be bad?

Scoliometer: The degrees are measuredoff standin full length xrays not the scoliometer level thingy is for screening purposes to help with you need a xray treatment descions ar made offcobb measurements on standing xray 10 degrees is not severe but needs a xray to make treatment decsions. ...Read more

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Can someone with a 30 degree scoliosis lead a completely normal life?

Can someone with a 30 degree scoliosis lead a completely normal life?

Yes if it is a : Typical teenage related onset one known as idiopathic scoliosis at your age there is very small chance of progression unless it is in lower back or lumbar spine. If there, then a higher risk of low back pain with age & with degenerative changes with age, & with possible loss of bone density then a further risk of progression after middle age. Speak to your orthopedist about ways to minimize risk. ...Read more

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I have scoliosis can you fix scoliosis or lessen the degree of curvature ?

I have scoliosis can you fix scoliosis or lessen the degree of curvature ?

Yes: The simple answer is yes, scoliosis curves can be fixed and the spine straightened out. That being said, scoliosis surgery is a major surgery and usually reserved for patients that have large curves at least over the 45-50 degree range. Don't hesitate to see a specialist if you have further questions. ...Read more

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