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I have scoliosis. What is the best mattress for me?

I have scoliosis. What is the best mattress for me?

A couple of options: Hi there, i've seen two options work best for patients. First, there are the sleep number beds. These beds allow you to customize the firmness to your liking. On average, i'd say the firm mattresses usually are more effective for scoliosis patients. The second option are the tempurpedic mattresses. These tend to have excellent overall back support, but do tend to be firm. I hope this info helps! ...Read more

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What's the best brand mattress for someone who suffers from a bad back and is a side sleeper? I have scoliosis and hip pain.

What's the best brand mattress for someone who suffers from a bad back and is a side sleeper?  I have scoliosis and hip pain.

Whichever helps: There is no "magic" mattress. The best one is the one that makes you feel the best. This is essentially a matter of opinion. ...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?

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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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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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?

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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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My daughter is 14 years old she got menstruation 5 months ago, 2months ago she diagnosed lower lumbar 20degree scoliosis, what is the best treatment?

My daughter is 14 years old she got menstruation 5 months ago, 2months ago she diagnosed lower lumbar 20degree scoliosis, what is the best treatment?

Follow : Isolated lumbar curve is a bit unusual. May require further imaging based on history and exam. 20 degrees is not a very large curve provided there is not too much vertebral rotation. Most girls have had their peak growth spurt by the time they get their period. So there may not be that much growth left and her 'risser' grade may give more clue to that. Surgeon should follow w films. ...Read more

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I have a significant scoliosis. What is the best breast radiation treatment to avoid damaging the lungs?

Does not apply: This question deals with radiation oncology as far as i can tell based on the term 'radiation treatment'. This is best asked to a radiation oncologist. If you are asking for how to assess scoliosis and minimize radiation to the lungs then a radiographic (x-ray) scoliosis series is best. ...Read more

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What is the best way to correct scoliosis? Is there some other way insteed of exsercise?

Be seen: Not really any way to correct scoliosis on your own or with exercise. Many curves do not really require any treatment at all. Consider being seen to determine the size of your curve and whether or not any treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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I got diganosed with scoliosis at 14. What is the best ways to exercise this? Because i'm always in pain

I got diganosed with scoliosis at 14. What is the best ways to exercise this? Because i'm always in pain

Word of caution: Scoliosis usually is not painful especially in younger age and if it is minor otherwise look for some complications. The web site below have program for exercises to follow. http://www.google.com/search?q=scoliosis+exercises&hl=en&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=x&ei=y0ynuavdazp7yahgwyhgdw&sqi=2&ved=0cfqqsaq&biw=1280&bih=579. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the best age to have scoliosis surgery?

Please help! what is the best age to have scoliosis surgery?

Many factors : Scoliosis surgery depends in part on how severe is progression of curvature.A child who has a severe spinal curve that is likely to progress, severe spinal curve that continues to progress even after bracing; age, skeletal age, and status of puberty. Location of the curve, very young child who has a severe spinal curve are few factors. Orthopedic surgeon has to consider all factors. ...Read more

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What are reasons why swimming is the best exercise for scoliosis?

What are reasons why swimming is the best exercise for scoliosis?

Scoliosis exercise: Scoliosis is a disorder related to the spine. Pressure on the spine will increase the discomfort. That occurs with obesity, and certain exercises. So, weight loss, and exercise that takes pressure off of the back, can be helpful. Also, strengthening the back muscles is helpful with many back problems. Swimming takes all of the pressure off of your joints and is neutral for your back. ...Read more

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Could you please tell me where is the best place for scoliosis surgery?

Could you please tell me where is the best place for scoliosis surgery?

Scoliosis Surgeon: Go to www.Srs.Org. Find a scoliosis specialist near you and give them a visit. Don't hesitate to get a second opinion, as this is a big undertaking! good luck. ...Read more

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