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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
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?
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
I have scoliosis I am 15 so I'm going to high school in pe we do pushups and sit ups and run alot and at the end my back hurts should avoid this?
No: Being physically active at 15 is important to building the body frame you will need for your lifetime. It does not change what your scoliosis will do. The majority of kids have minor curves on no consequence. If yours were above 30-40 degrees and the orthopedist decided to restrict you that would be already known. ...Read more
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
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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? .
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
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
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
Treatment 42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?
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
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
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
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
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
I was diagnosed with mild scoliosis and wanted to know if it is safe to do league bowling still. I am 18 years old.
Yes: Scoliosis is a process similar to the weakened new growth of a plant stem in spring. As it hardens with time it is less flexible. The same with your spine/vertebrae. By 18 your growth centers have closed, the bones are stiffening & the scoliosis is unlikely to increase with any normal activity/sports. ...Read more
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.
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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