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I have scoliosis. Is it safe to do push ups?

I have scoliosis. Is it safe to do push ups?

Yes: Pushups should be safe with scoliosis. There are multiple types and reasons that people develop scoliosis. Push ups should be avoided if the exercise causes any severe increase in back pain or any numbness, tingling, weakness in the extremities. It is often beneficial to develop an exercise program with a physical therapist or personal trainer prior to starting a comprehensive exercise program. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman
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Are push ups ok to do if you have scoliosis?

Yes: Absolutely. The majority of patients with scoliosis can participate in unrestricted activities such as pushups. Thanks for the question. ...Read more

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Can you do sit ups and push ups with scoliosis?

Can you do sit ups and push ups with scoliosis?

Absolutely: Scoliosis usually doesn't change your level of activity. In fact it's probably very good for your back to do core strengthening such a sit ups and pushups. ...Read more

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I have 35 degree congenital lumbar scoliosis along with spina bifida occulta in L5 vertebra. Is lifting weights and doing push ups a good idea?

It is fine: Typically spina bifida occulta is not highly destabilized and more of an incidental finding. The scoliosis should also not be a huge problem. My recommendation would be to work out, but don't do exercises that are bothersome to your low back. If it hurts, don't do it. ...Read more

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I have scoliosis and whenever I do pushups it hurts my back. Is that a bad thing?

I have scoliosis and whenever I do pushups it hurts my back. Is that a bad thing?

Probably not: Hi, more info would be helpful such as severity or degree of scoliosis, how many push ups you are doing, & if you are new to push ups. If the back pain is minor & transient, then probably not a problem. But if you have been doing push ups for a while and the BP is new, it would be a good idea to check it out with your doc. If the pain is debilitating or severe, you should see your doc. Take care ...Read more

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I have congenital scoliosis surgery question, any suggestions?

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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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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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 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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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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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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Planning to concieve. I started half hr of cardio and strength exercises like side planks and horizontal planks and push ups and pull ups. Is it safe?

No worries: Physically active normal women can continue their activities when starting a family, after getting married and getting good health insurance (pregnancy and babies lead to many doctor visits). Women in all sorts of physical activity situations get pregnant every day, worldwide. In general, there is no problem, because the fertilized egg is only the size of a dot on this screen or page. ...Read more

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What chiropractor can help with people with scoliosis? Is it safe?

What chiropractor can help with people with scoliosis? Is it safe?

NO if you ask MD: Even physicians will advice to see some one who specializes in treating scoliosis to minimize the damage it causes. See a scoliosis specialist is not a disease that could be manipulated by chiropractor, that may need corrective surgery. ...Read more

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Is it safe for em to wear wedges with scoliosis?

Is it safe for em to wear wedges with scoliosis?

Wedges in general: Avoid shoes with excessive 'foot tilt' forward, for more comfortable wear and less strain on the joints, muscles, tendons as well as the ball of the foot. Straps at the forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot offer more biomechanical control and therefore allow for more comfort, ...Read more

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What exercises are safe for me after scoliosis surgery?

Depends: Exercise or activity after surgery is generally recommended to aid healing and speed the return to normalcy. However, specific types of exercise will depend on the type of surgery performed, the technique used, the type of incision, and extensiveness of the surgery, and many other factors. Only your surgeon can make the specific recommendation of the type, duration and intensity of your exercise. ...Read more

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Is lifting heavy objects safe for people with scoliosis?

Relatively: In the vast majority of cases of scoliosis, there is not any limitation in lifting heavy objects in and of itself. Patients with scoliosis can certainly injure their back lifting heavy objects, but not really at a higher rate than people without scoliosis in all but the most severe cases. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Is pregnancy safe after scoliosis surgery?

Is pregnancy safe after scoliosis surgery?

Yes.: Scoliosis surgery does not involve structures in the pelvic area with the exception of scoliosis surgery in neurologically involved populations. Even in these cases the hardware is limited to inside the pelvis bone. As such the risk of problems as the result of fusion are low. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have an epidural if I have scoliosis?

Yes: Most anesthesiologists are well-experienced with epidural placement, and scoliosis is not a difficult challenge, in most cases. For severe scoliosis, an anesthesia "consult" in advance -- that is, meeting with the anesthesiologist in the 7th or 8th month to discuss your case and reviewing x-rays -- might be a prudent idea. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have normal delivery if you have scoliosis?

Yes: Check with on doctor pelvic outlet baby measurements the scoliosis shouldn't affect either. ...Read more

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Hi, I was wondering if it's safe for me to be an exotic dancer with scoliosis. I've had surgery but they straighten 90% of my spine back.

Hi, I was wondering if it's safe for me to be an exotic dancer with scoliosis. I've had surgery but they straighten 90% of my spine back.

Ask your doc: This is the type of question only those with direct knowledge of your condition, surgery and recovery could answer with authority. ...Read more

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Is it safe for people with scoliosis to ride roller coasters?

Is it safe for people with scoliosis to ride roller coasters?

Yes: Most patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis should be able to ride roller coasters without a problem. Ensure that the seat belt and safety mechanisms fit comfortably. Patients with severe adult scoliosis may have "soft" bones due to osteoporosis. These patients are at higher risk of getting a compression fracture of the spine and thus should avoid roller coasters. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take plan b 20 days before a spinal fusion for scoliosis?

Is it safe to take plan b 20 days before a spinal fusion for scoliosis?

Spinal fusion MD?: The spinal fusion MD will want to know that you are NOT pregnant before engaging in that extensive procedure. The Plan B plan is less than wise when secure contraception is available prior to surgery if you insist on sexual behavior. ...Read more

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Taking daily meloxicam for my severe scoliosis for 2 years now. What should I do to be safe from any side effect? I cant live without pain killer.

Taking daily meloxicam for my severe scoliosis for 2 years now. What should I do to be safe from any side effect? I cant live without pain killer.

Consider Acupuncture: You could work with an acupuncturist to see if it decreases your pain. If it does then the acupuncturist could teach you which points to stimulate yourself with magnets or acupressure at home in between sessions. If this works you may be able to decrease the amount of pain medication you need for relief and this helps decease the side effects. ...Read more

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