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Dr. Edward Hellman
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I have a mild left lumbar scoliosis (pelvic obliquity), but my left leg is also longer, so a shoe lift on my right doesn't help me. What can I do?

I have a mild left lumbar scoliosis (pelvic obliquity), but my left leg is also longer, so a shoe lift on my right doesn't help me. What can I do?

Give it time: Pelvic obliquity and scoliosis are not related. The pelvic tilt is due to the leg length difference. This should be corrected with a shoe lift, but your body has adapted to the difference. Give the lift some time. Scoliosis is a different problem. It could be compensatory due to the pelvic tilt, or it may be a separate problem. Discuss with your doctor and therapist. Read more

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Which kind of couple orthopedic matress should buy for exteme scoliosis and lordosis?

Which kind of couple orthopedic matress should buy for exteme scoliosis and lordosis?

Let me explain: Mattress does not help in correcting those conditions but they may help you in sleeping well.
So pick firm mattress. Read more

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Who should I see for scoliosis? Chiropractor? Physical therapist? Orthopedic specialist?

Who should I see for scoliosis? Chiropractor? Physical therapist? Orthopedic specialist?

Structural problem: Most scoliosis problems that I have seen originate from three load bearing areas. The TMJ can cause postural avoidance of pain/airway going down the body, the hips both ascending/descending issues, and feet problems ascending up the body. Everything is connected. You could have a single problem or several overlapping. You may need to see several specialist to get diagnosis and treatment. Read more

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Which type of doctor should I see for Scoliosis and Herniated Disk? Is an orthopedic Surgeon ok?

Which type of doctor should I see for Scoliosis and Herniated Disk? Is an orthopedic Surgeon ok?

Ortho / neurosurgeon: Orthopedists treat both scoliosis & herniated discs. However, you want to see and ortho-spine specialist & not just any ortho. Neurosurgeons also specialize in the treatment of back problems, particularly herniated disc's. It's usually just pt preference. In your case with a history of a meningioma it would be prudent to discuss these issues with your neurosurgeon first & then decide on the doc. Read more

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My daughter, 14, has scoliosis, 53 deg. No period yet. Rehab doctor says brace has a chance. Orthopedic surgeons (3) say surgery. Any idea?

My daughter, 14, has scoliosis, 53 deg. No period yet. Rehab doctor says brace has a chance. Orthopedic surgeons (3) say surgery. Any idea?

Your choice: Surgery will be the treatment to correct severe scoliosis, however if after surgery patient may need braces or if surgery is not done braces may offer some help with symptoms Read more

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What orthopedic inserts should I use in my shoes for fallen arches?

What orthopedic inserts should I use in my shoes for fallen arches?

Depends: If you are having pain try otc orthotics. Spenco is a good brand. Custom orthotics are expensive but well worth it. Read more

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The orthopedic md found a labral tear on my mri. Why did he ask me if I wore baby shoes with a metal bar when I was an infant, (which I did)?

The orthopedic md found a labral tear on my mri. Why did he ask me if I wore baby shoes with a metal bar when I was an infant, (which I did)?

Not sure: Your lower extremity alignment and labral tears in shoulders are unrelated. Possibly he noted your lower extremity alignment on his general exam and was making orthopedic" small talk".! Read more

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Can having an orthopaedic problem like exostosis or scoliosis affect blood circulation?

Can having an orthopaedic problem like exostosis or scoliosis affect blood circulation?

Not typically: Scoliosis in and of itself does not typically affect blood circulation. Nor does the presence of an exostosis alone typically do this. Thank you for the question. Read more

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How can I deal with my scoliosis? The backaches are becoming more and more common. (nightly now) I don't have an orthopedist. I stopped going at 14

How can I deal with my scoliosis? The backaches are becoming more and more common. (nightly now) I don't have an orthopedist. I stopped going at 14

See details: You do not mention your current age but I would urge seeing an orthopedist again to review the options which would work best for you. Read more

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Was I supposed to continue seeing orthopedist after getting out of scoliosis brace when I was 13? It's more noticeable in hips now..

Was I supposed to continue seeing orthopedist after getting out of scoliosis brace when I was 13? It's more noticeable in hips now..

Periodically: It's a good to have periodic check ups to ensure that the scoliosis does not worsen. If you feel that your condition is worsening, another evaluation is in order. Good health. Read more

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Hello. I'm 20 year old girl with 's' shaped scholiosis. My chiropractor recommended me to an orthopedist. What cani do myself because I can't afford bills? Please.

Hello. I'm 20 year old girl with 's' shaped scholiosis. My chiropractor recommended me to an orthopedist. What cani do myself because I can't afford bills? Please.

Sorry about that: Hi,

i am sorry to hear that you cannot afford the orthopedist. It seems important that you see one.

You apparently can afford the "chiro". I would recommend that you forgo your next appointment with him or her and see the do or md spine specialist. Your time and money will be well spent getting that expert opinion and advice.

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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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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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