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How To Straighten A Curved Spine
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. ...Read more
Depends: That would depend on why the spine is currently not straight, the degree of the curve, and the likelihood it will cause problems on the future. Best place to start would be a proper evaluation by a primary care doctor, and ask if a referral to a spine surgeon for a consultation is appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Yes: It keeps the curve from getting worse is the goal of treatment keep you curve small so but it won't straighten or correct the curve unless your in the brace I have seen one child with a profound faith whose curve straightened one in 12 years anecdotal not science the isence supports treating curves over20 degrees in growing children with a brace but the difference i braced and unbraced are small. ...Read more
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 moreSee 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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: 1-2inches for curves over60.Get a more detailed answer ›
You can't....: Unless it is a result of a leg length difference. Then all it takes is a shoe lift in the shorter leg. If it is idiopathic scoliosis ( curve greater than 10 degrees) then it is just a matter of observation. Surgery to straighten curves is not done until the curve is either shown to be progressing 6 deg or more every 6 months or greater than 30 degrees with progression. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Peyronie's disease ?: If you have peyronie's disease it may resolve on it's own for some people. I encourage you to see a urologist for evaluation & to discuss tx options. ...Read more
If the purpose of : The surgery is to address a spinal deformity, the goal is to obtain what is known as a balanced spine such that the head is centered over the pelvis/hips from a front & side view. So it should be addressed by the surgery if this is part of your spinal deformity. You can ask your surgeon about the goals of your surgery. ...Read more
Not usually: Many peope with a curved spine are accussed of having bad posture. Perhaps this is the chicken and egg question. Anyone can benefit from exercise, proper breathing, and wearing the right shoes for the activities you choose. Ask the people who suggest you have bad posture "what's their successfull exercise routine" and consider joining up if it is right for you. ...Read more
Multiple: If you are talking about scoliosis, then it must managed by your pediatrician and spinal surgeon. 1st step to determine the type of curve(s) that is present and speed of progression of said curve(s). Then you may be candidate for an exercise program under the auspices of a trained physical therapist. Bracing may be necessary and last surgery may be needed. ...Read more
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