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How To Straighten A Curved Spine
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Surgery: Depends on extent of curve, any complications, general health, etc. Consult your orthopedic surgeon for more info.See 1 more doctor answer
Not for most: The primary approach to correcting such a curve would be to open the back & place steel rods on either side from above to below the curve. In someone with breathing problems or other disability arising from a curve it would be worth while. For most, you try to catch it early & minimized with bracing prior to and during puberty and you live with the outcome you have after growth stops.See 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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 2 more doctor answers
Yes: 1-2inches with surgical correction of large curves and rods.
That depends: If you have a true, structural deformity of the spine, the only thing that can straighten it out is surgery. Most spinal deformities are not severe enough to need surgery, but some do. There are patients that have spine problems that can certainly respond to nonoperative treatments, such as physical therapy or chiropractic, but this does not have an effect on the actual structural deformity.See 1 more doctor answer
Would it be too late to straighten someones curved spine when they have reached physical maturity?
No: For significant curves, surgery is often chosen later in life because the recovery is so long it would interfere with working and raising families. The aging process may make curvatures more painful, consequently the surgery more desirable, despite the difficult recovery. Reconstructive spine surgeons and physiatrists can work together to recomend the best timing and rehabilitation.See 1 more doctor answer
Is it physically possible to straighten someones curved spine when they have reached physical maturity?
Surgery works: Surgery has other problems but can straighten the spine when indicated no other treatment has been effective after skeltal maturity.
Depends: This depends on whether it needs to be fixed in the first place. That depends on the location and size of curve and it's chances of progression. Also depends on if it's symptomatic (pain, neuro deficit or spinal imbalance) or visually displeasing. Only a spine surgeon can determine this. And only a spine surgeon trained in spinal deformity correction should fix it.
Yes: Most mild spine curves benefit from fitness in posture and strength. Compressive garments, specialty bras for women, and occasionally bracing can help for sustained activities to avoid fatigue and inprove awareness. Significant and symptomatic curves need full spinal assessment and consideration of surgery combined with non-surgical care. Also, maintain proper weight and bone health (vit d)
Yes: With reconstructive surgery, curved (scoliotic) spines can be corrected. The correction may not necessarily be perfectly straight, but with good attention to spinal balance the results are often quite satisfactory.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends: This depends on where your curve is, how large the curve is, how old you are and how symptomatic you are. Most curves do not need to be treated! physical therapy and pain management can be useful. Other curves may be braced or operated on. Speak to a spine surgeon with deformity experience. Good luck!
Depends: You need to get evaluated by a spine surgeon. Treatment depends on what type of "curve" you have, what region of your spine it affects, the magnitude of your "curve" and location of your pain.See 1 more doctor answer
Curved spine.....: Your question needs more specific information. There is no '19' or l9. There are several normal curves in the spine. See: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/spinal_curvature. More information is needed to answer your question.