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Dr. Douglas Linville II Dr. Linville II
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
26 years in practice
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Little scoliosis can cause muscle spasms spread in the whole body? Or it affects only some group of muscles?

Little scoliosis can cause muscle spasms spread in the whole body? Or it affects only some group of muscles?

Scoliosis: Scoliosis is usually not painful unless severe. Curves greater than 50 degrees most commonly cause pain. Your scoliosis may actually be a result of muscle spasm (sciatic scoliosis). If that is the case, treat the muscle spasm, and the scoliosis may disappear. Treatment of muscle spasms includes pt, stretching, heat/ice, otc meds. But if persistent, md evaluation will likely help to determine cause.

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Muscle Spasm (Definition)

Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are various causes of muscle spasms such as recent injury or trauma and dehydration. Typically, patients can modify activity, rest, stretch, utilize heat or ice for treatment of muscle spasms. Rarely, patients can also ...Read more


Dr. Ki-Hon Lin Dr. Lin
Orthopedic Surgery
21 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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I have scoliosis 37degree curve. I have horrible pain on right side ofneck radiating down to shoulder. I have constant muscle spasms but none this bad?

I have scoliosis 37degree curve. I have horrible pain on right side ofneck radiating down to shoulder. I have constant muscle spasms but none this bad?

2 conditions: It sounds like you may have 2 separate conditions. A 37 degree scoliosis (presumably in your thoracic and/or lumbar spine) is approaching surgical consideration and should be followed/treated by a spine surgeon. Right sided neck pain radiating down to the shouder may be caused by a cervical spine herniated disc causing nerve impingement, and would also warrant evaluation by a physician.

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Dr. Carol Van der Harst Dr. Van der Harst
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
31 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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My MRI says I have rotatory dextroconvex scoliosis. Could this be causing my muscle spasms? I also have DDD & multifactorial spondylosis in C6/7.

My MRI says I have rotatory dextroconvex scoliosis. Could this be causing my muscle spasms? I also have DDD & multifactorial spondylosis in C6/7.

Yes: Scoliosis causes some segments of the spine to be restricted, while other levels take the load, and those muscles respond to fatigue with failure of control and spasm. DDD rarely causes pain with movement, just stiffness with inactivity.

Dr. Bruce Jacobs Dr. Jacobs
Family Medicine
years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. David Trettin Dr. Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Xray - "straightened lumbar spine, likely secondary to muscle spasm. Mid lumbar scoliosis." what can you suggest for her? She's been having back pains

Xray - "straightened lumbar spine, likely secondary to muscle spasm. Mid lumbar scoliosis." what can you suggest for her? She's been having back pains

Moist heat, NSAIDs: This x-ray report suggests that this young patient is having muscular lbp w/ secondary muscle spasms which can 'reverse' the normal lordosis of the lumbar spine and cause it to straighten... Esp. W/ non- standing x-rays. Heat, Ibuprofen, gentle massage, and avoidance of aggravating activities can be helpful the first week or so. If symptoms persist consider seeing an orthopedist. Good luck!

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Dr. Laurence Badgley Dr. Badgley
General Practice
49 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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Severe muscle spasms, chronic pain in hands (8 broken fingers and 2 surgerys previously), moderate scoliosis, social anxiety.

Severe muscle spasms, chronic pain in hands (8 broken fingers and 2 surgerys previously), moderate scoliosis, social anxiety.

JHS: 20's males w. scoliosis, joint disorders & anxiety attacks & seeking unifying explanation need study Joint Hypermobility Syndrome & Fibromyalgia; both highly associated. JHS sufferers oft have mitral valve prolapse, which is associated with episodic anxiety attacks. Scoliosis is common with JHS; only when upright; absent prone as gravity is negated. Osteopathic & echocardiogram evals recommended.

Dr. Jovita Anyanwu Dr. Anyanwu
Internal Medicine
26 years in practice
Lyceum Northwestern, Dr. Francisco Q. Duque Medical Foundation
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Lumbar scoliosis. Experiencing sciatica pain. Recently accompanied by muscle spasms in buttocks and calf. Tingling and numbness in arms and hands?

Lumbar scoliosis. Experiencing sciatica pain. Recently accompanied by muscle spasms in buttocks and calf. Tingling and numbness in arms and hands?

Lumbar scoliosis: Where you diagnosed by a physician. While the tingling and numbness in the arms may result from cervical radiculopathy, The spasms in the buttocks and legs may be related to the lumbar scoliosis. An evaluation and possible radiological studies will be helpful. Your age and full medical history

Dr. Edward Hellman Dr. Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Is there one medicine for spasticity and muscle spasms? Associated with neuropathy. Which is recommended??

Is there one medicine for spasticity and muscle spasms? Associated with neuropathy. Which is recommended??

No: There are multiple medications we use for muscle spasticity to varying degrees of help including flexeril, zanaflex, soma, baclofen, Valium, and skelaxin (metaxalone) just to name a few. Discuss directly with your doctor what would be best for you.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Nathaniel Drourr Dr. Drourr
Pain Management
25 years in practice
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
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Symptoms c7/T1 MRI mild posterior disc bulge / mild scollosis can you have cervical Ridiculophy? Would it be both arms & muscle spasm upper spine

Symptoms c7/T1 MRI mild posterior disc bulge / mild scollosis can you have cervical Ridiculophy? Would it be both arms & muscle spasm upper spine

Possible: Based on the MRI your disk does not seem too significant. However if this happened acutely it is certainly possible that you can get upper extremity radiculitis or radiculopathy as well as back muscle spasm.

Dr. Edward Hellman Dr. Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Does muscle imbalance + turned rib cage mean scoliosis?

Does muscle imbalance + turned rib cage mean scoliosis?

Potentially: Possibly, scoliosis sually begins with a rotation of the vertebrae. This causes a rib hump, otherwise known as an asymmetric trunk rotation. There are also patients with neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy that have muscular imbalance and can have scoliosis. Please consider being checked, a simple xray will definitively answer the question of whether or not you have scoliosis.

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Dr. Edward Hellman Dr. Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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I'm 18 with mild scoliosis, can I workout shoulder press with weights for muscle mass?

Yes: Patients with mild scoliosis do not have to restrict their activities at all related to the scoliosis itself.

Dr. Travis Kidner Dr. Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
13 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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Dr. Mark Weston Dr. Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
27 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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Dr. Don Penney Dr. Penney
Neurosurgery
years in practice
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Scoliosis is interfering with my daily life, back muscles are imbalanced, causing back and pelvic pain. What exercises can I do to correct my imbalance?

Options for treatmen: For the adolescent (Age 19) treatment for curves 40 degrees that are progressive despite brace treatment, surgery maybe indicated.? Treatment options include observation, orthoses (brace) and surgery. There is no evidence that exercise programs are effective in preventing progression.

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Dr. Chintan Sampat Dr. Sampat
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
14 years in practice
Rosalind Franklin University - Chicago Medical School
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Does a back muscle imbalance cause scoliosis?

Does a back muscle imbalance cause scoliosis?

Sometimes: There are many reasons for scoliosis. It is unknown whether muscle imbalance is part of the reason for scoliosis with most adolescents. Muscle imbalance can however cause scoliosis in cases involving cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele, tumors, etc. Scoliois can also be due to arthritis and idiopathic (meaning we are unsure of the exact cause).

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Dr. Michele Arnold Dr. Arnold
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
18 years in practice
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
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Will a back muscle imbalance cause scoliosis?

Will a back muscle imbalance cause scoliosis?

Possibly: Muscle imbalances can indeed cause scoliosis, but more likely to occur in the setting of a neuromuscular disease (muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia or paraplegia from spinal cord injury, stroke in a young person, multiple sclerosis with paralysis, etc). Existing scoliosis can worsen with certain postures & muscle imbalances. It should be monitored for worsening.

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Dr. Matt Wachsman Dr. Wachsman
Internal Medicine
32 years in practice
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Which muscles need strengthening when you have scoliosis in the thoracic region towards the right?

ALL of back.: It needs a dedicated physical therapy regimen with posture, range of motion and strengthening. Personally, my kyphosis has markedly improved from activities you'd never expect: shoulder strengthening abdomenal strengthening overall weight loss ballroom dance. Spine is a dynamic system. And effects on one part affect all parts.

Dr. Kornelis Poelstra Dr. Poelstra
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
20 years in practice
University of Groningen Faculty of Medicine
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I'm asking about the scoliosis treatment, osteothritis treatment and cervical muscles spasam treatment?

I'm asking about the scoliosis treatment, osteothritis treatment and cervical muscles spasam treatment?

Scoliosis / pain: That's a very broad question... Happy to answer details, but all of these 'questions' need their own explanation. Often they are connected, as scoliosis and imbalance can cause muscle spasms where the body tries to keep everything in line, while the spine undergoes a three-dimensional deformity over time. Osteoarthritis can effect the spine at all levels+contribute to pain and worsening deformity.

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


Dr. Ellen Bondar
435 Doctors shared insights

Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (Definition)

A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contract of one's muscle (s). Such cramps are usually harmless, and may result from certain medications or from long periods of exercise. ...Read more