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Levoscoliosis Of The Thoracolumbar Spine
Depends: It depends on how large the curve is, what symptoms you have, what your goals are. See a spinal specialist who cares for scoliosis to evaluate you and give you options.
Scoliosis treatment: Levoscoliosis implies that you have a curvature of your spine that points to your left. The l5-s1 disc is often associated with a compensatory fractional curve. Typically, treatment tends to be conservative - pt, medications, and on occasion, spinal injections. Bracing is typically reserved for children with scoliosis who are still growing. Surgery is reserved for only severe cases of scoliosis.
8 year old begin complaining of back pain and xray shows 11 degrees of levoscoliosis of thoracolumbar spine from approximately T9 through L3?
Cause or effect??: Mild scoliosis as described will not generally cause pain. However, pain can cause a kid to splint or twist toward the direction of pain & produce an x-ray with that appearance. A history and exam could better reveal the importance of this finding. If it is true scoliosis at 8 it is worrisome as it usually worsens in the pre-teen/teen years if it is not treated.
24 y/o F. XR of thoracolumbar spine showed rotatory scoliosis (18°) & minimal spondylitic spurring on T12. Please explain this.
Idiopathic scoliosis: Firstly, who determined 18? I would not trust the radiology report, it should be done by a scoliosis surgeon. Otherwise, all this means is that you had typical adolescent scoliosis with a reasonable curve but below the threshold for surgery and arguable even bracing, although I brace kids at 15 degrees. Your curve will not progress since you are skeletally mature.
I injured my lower back pushing a car out of snow. I had a back x-ray, is showed mild osteophytosis in the thoracolumbar spine, what does that mean?
Osteophytosis?: The term means you have multiple bone spurs along the spine segment you had xrayed. Alone, osteophytes are not particularly worrisome. They document wear ; tear on your back which should be no surprise if you are pushing cars and are 67. If you have local back pain you probably more likely have a muscular injury from exertion. If pain radiates into legs, MRI would be more helpful.
Degenerative changes to the thoracolumbar spine including the costovertebral joints. Could someone explain?
These are most: Likely normal age related changes that can be accelerated by being obese, a smoker or having a family history of arthritis. Generally, these are more apparent in men v women at an earlier age but more prevalent as we enter middle age with this increasing with age. Most do not have symptoms.
Having scoliosis surgery and fusion to thoracolumbar spine to pelvis and l5/s1 decompression with multilevel osteotomies. What happens in surgery?
Lumbar scoliosis: Simple. Incision made in back to visualize spine to be fused. Length of incision appropriate for fusion. The facet joints are removed and the bone prepared for fusion. At l5-s1, facet and disk removed, and spacer placed into disk along with bone graft. Multiple laminectomy and facet excisions (osteotomy) to make spine more flexible. Rods/screws placed to maintain correction. Bone graft placed.See 1 more doctor answer
I had a spinal fusion of at l5-s1 & coxic was grafted back in 2004. I had CT scan 2/14. It shows thoracolumbar levoscoliosis. Should I be concerned?
Spinal fusion: Yes, consult an orthopedist, especially if you have back pain and/or possible breathing problems.
When I go over my spine line with my hand, I notice that one vertebra kinda stands out in thoracolumbar part. No other symptoms. Should I be worried?
X-ray back: An xray of yor back would be a good starting point to gain further information
Scoliosis is very 3D: Scoliosis is always a three dimensional deformity; the spine is not only curved when you look from the front, but it is also rotated. It is the amount of rotation that makes the curve the most visible when you bend forward and look at it. The rotation is what produces the 'so-called' rib hump.See 1 more doctor answer
Prevention: Weight bearing exercise, proper nutrition and limited sun exposure helps to prevent osteoporosis. Even if present already, there are medications to help this condition. Osteopenia is not osteoporosis but a relative low bone mass that makes you a higher risk for osteoporosis. Finally, physical therapy and corrective posture devices will help scoliosis. Surgery is last resort for severe cases.See 1 more doctor answer
Check NIH website: This national institutes of healthy (nih) website has excellent material for the general public/patients to learn more: http://www. Niams. Nih. Gov/health_info/scoliosis/scoliosis_ff. Asp if you are concerned that you may need treatment for your scoliosis, talk to your regular doctor and see if a referral to an orthopedic surgeon might be helpful for further evaluation and/or treatment. Good luck.
I had a spinal fusion of the l5/s1 in 2004 along with a grafting of my tailbone. I now have thoracolumbar levoscoliosis. Does this mean more surgery?
Not necessarily: Worthwhile just keeping an eye on it. Not necessarily mean surgery.
Thoracolumbar Xray shows 3 degree levoscoliosis in mid thoracic region with 4 degree levoscoliosis in the lumbar. Is two levoscoliotic curves normal?
No but: This is likely due to an intervening dextroscoliosis (opposite curve). Doctors will measure it differently, so it is best reviewed by a specialist. Scoliosis is not normal but is mild in you so should not limit your activity. Without seeing the exact nature of the scoliosis on the x-ray, I cannot comment further.
I have mild levoconvex thoracolumbar scoliosis and I was wondering if that could have been caused by the spinal tap for meningitis.
No, definitely not: No. Spinal tap can be you acute and subacute headaches but will not change the curvature of the spine.
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