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Is Scoliosis 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should not happen: It is unlikely that your doctor would let scoliosis progress to a life threatening degree. Severe scoliosis would be significant enough to interfere with breathing thereby raising the risk for pneumonia. Do not go without treatment if you feel you are approaching this point. ...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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treatment 42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?
If i'm 23, female, with a 43 degree scoliosis but not sever pain will i need surgery later in life?
Depends: You are young with active years ahead of you. Your curve is significant, but timing for surgical intervention with require consideration of an experienced spinal surgeon in reconstruction, a physiatrist and physical therapist for a complete picture. Sometimes pain is not your guide. Future function and career plans count too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes if it is a : Typical teenage related onset one known as idiopathic scoliosis at your age there is very small chance of progression unless it is in lower back or lumbar spine. If there, then a higher risk of low back pain with age & with degenerative changes with age, & with possible loss of bone density then a further risk of progression after middle age. Speak to your orthopedist about ways to minimize risk. ...Read more
(sorry, i was wrong with my last question) can a scoliosis of 22 degrees increase in adult life? Can the angle become higher ?
Not usually: Although possible (in rheumatoid arthrits and other severe arthritic diseases), typically adult scoliosis does not progress as quickly as adolescent scoli. The worry is that you actually have adolescent scoliosis and it may progress. I suggest careful follow up by a spine surgeon. ...Read more
Possibly: Not likely the surgery itself but length of recovery, medications needed, psycho-social factors associated with major surgery may affect this. At age 45, ability to have children later in life also depends on general medical and gender related factors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have scoliosis and my lower left back never developed while the right muscle bulges. Can anything be done to even this out? Problems later in life?
Depends: Usually exercise and physical therapy is the mainstay of dealing with issues from scoliosis. Sometimes depending on how much curve you have you might benefit from a brace as well. I would speak with a good musculoskeletal/spine physical medicine ; rehabilitation doctor or even an orthopedic spine surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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