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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Scoliosis (Overview)

A condition where patients have an abnormal curvature of the spine or backbone.


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Please explain if it is possible to correct congenital scoliosis thru minimally invasive method?

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

Dr. Thomas Dowling
1,089 Doctors shared insights

Scoliosis (Overview)

A condition where patients have an abnormal curvature of the spine or backbone.


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How does scoliosis affect your body?

Scoliosis: There are varying degrees of scoliosis, from mild to severe. Mild may lead to some back pain, usually mild. Severe scoliosis can lead to severe deformity of the back, pressure on the abdominal organs, compression of lungs, difficulty with activities, pain and shortness of breath. If you have scoliosis, check with your doctor to assess the change, follow to see if it progresses, and referral. ...Read more

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Scoliosis (Tip)

Exercise, specifically aerobic cardio conditioning, can help decrease pain associated w/ scoliosis. ...See more

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Scoliosis with a leg length discrepancy treatable?

Scoliosis with a leg length discrepancy treatable?

Yes but: Sonetimes there is an apparent leg length change due to the scoliosis affecting the pelvis and othertimes a true large leg length discrepancy can lead to a pelvic tilt and a scoliosis that occurs to compensate for this keeping the head centered over the body. You need to see which is the case for the appropriate treatment. ...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? .

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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What is the recommended treatment for scoliosis if I am 21?

What is the recommended treatment for scoliosis if I am 21?

Size of the curve: Routine follow up until curve is proven nonprogressive.45 degrees surgery maybe needed to prevent progressive deformity. ...Read more

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What are treatments for scoliosis?

Many options: The options depend on severity of curve, what part of the body is involved, symptoms (pain, numbness, tingling, weakness), age, flexibility, overall health. For milder curves, exercise, maybe medication will be enough. In growing young folks, bracing may be an option. For more severe curves, worsening curves, those with nerve or spinal cord pressure, surgery may be a good choice. ...Read more

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Is there a way to get rid of scoliosis?

Is there a way to get rid of scoliosis?

Scoliosis: No. But, improvements of the severity of the curve (s) of a patient's spine are possible. Testing ordered by your physician is needed to find out appropriate treatment. A patient's age, bone age, health history, family history, degrees of the curve (s) are considered. For a minor curve: observation, moderate/severe curves could be helped by bracing and surgery; electrical stimulation has been used. ...Read more

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Is scoliosis genetic? My mother had scoliosis and I'm worried I will get it too. Is scoliosis genetic? .

Is scoliosis genetic? My mother had scoliosis and I'm worried I will get it too. Is scoliosis genetic? .

Potentially: It is believed there is a strong genetic component to scoliosis, particularly in patients with progressive curves. There is even a genetic test, called the scoliscore, that uses genetic markers to try to predict the likelihood of curve progression in patients that present with mild curves. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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What are the risk for taking hardware scoliosis out before one year?

What are the risk for taking hardware scoliosis out before one year?

Failure of fusion: The hardware is placed to keep the spine stabilized while the bone fusion heals. If the hardware is removed too soon, then the fusion could fail to heal like planned, possibly resulting in loss of alignment and/or pain. ...Read more

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Can you prevent scoliosis?

No: The cause of adolescent scoliosis is unknownt the other types have no adjustable risk factors. ...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?

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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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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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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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

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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?

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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Ihave a 42 degrees s curve scoliosis. Is it more dangerous?

Ihave a 42 degrees s curve scoliosis. Is it more dangerous?

No but it is a: Fairly classic presentation which as long as it remains under 50 degrees, you will be able to avoid surgery. You should not have any physical restrictions in terms of activities you may want to do. At age 19 and being female, your are skeletally mature. If a curve exceeds 50 degrees, the risk if progression in adulthood is a degree a year 75% chance. ...Read more

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Does having scoliosis surgery disqualify you for the u.S. Military?

Does having scoliosis surgery disqualify you for the u.S. Military?

See:: Http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/spine. Htm ** "Any surgical fusion of spinal vertebrae (P81.0) is disqualifying."** disqualifying ...Read more

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What is scoliosis?

Curvature of spine: Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Depending on the degree, it can be without symptoms or it can cause a very noticeable deformity. You may want to see a chiropractor or orthopedic doctor if your primary care doctor suspects scoliosis. Some cases can be treatable with non surgical intervention. ...Read more

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What is scoliosis?

Curved spine: It is a lateral (side to side) curvature of the spine. Mild cases usually aren't a biggie, but severe cases can cause pain and many other problems. It is best to catch it early to determine if correction is necessary. ...Read more

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Signs of scoliosis?

Signs of scoliosis?

The most common: Symptom of scoliosis is an abnormal curve of the spine. Often this is a mild change and may be first noticed by a friend or family member. Those affected may notice that their clothes do not fit as they did previously or that pant legs are longer on one side that the other. Scoliosis may cause the head to appear off center or one hip or shoulder to be higher than the opposite side. ...Read more

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Does scoliosis hurt?

Does scoliosis hurt?

Typically not: The classic idiopathic scoliosis is a painless spinal deformity unless it becomes large enough to affect the body' s balance and then one can get muscular pain similar to the act of holding a weight with you arm out v close to your body. Also, if the curve involves the lumbar or low back spine, it can increase the rate of degeneration there leading to back pain as a result of that degeneration. ...Read more

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Is scoliosis harmful?

Is scoliosis harmful?

Varies: Small and moderate sized curves are not usually harmful. Curvatures that progress beyond 60 degrees can begin to affect pulmonary function tests and by 90 degrees can cause clinical signs of cardiac and respiratory compromise. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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What causes scoliosis?

Most scoliosis we C: Is idiopathic (no cause). fractures, paralysis of the spine supporting muscles, and there R many more. They all have 2 B ruled out B 4 U can say it is idiopathic. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman
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Abnormal Curvature Of The Spine (Definition)

Scoliosis is the term given for a curvature of the spine in the coronal plane that is ...Read more