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Doctor insights on: Scoliosis Exercise Contraindications

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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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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

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What can I do about congenital scoliosis?

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? .

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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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?

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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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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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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I have scoliosis; can I exercise or will that make it worse?

I have scoliosis; can I exercise or will that make it worse?

Yes: Scoliosis involves the boney structure of the spine. Exercise will allow the muscles that attach to the spine to be flexible and strong. Any exercise that causes pain in the back should not be repeated. Activities that increase the core muscle strength will increase the stability of the back despite the scoliosis. ...Read more

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How could I make scoliosis back to normal like could I exercise to fix it?

How could I make scoliosis back to normal like could I exercise to fix it?

While scoliosis: Cannot be completely corrected with exercise, there is very good evidence to support the point that asymmetrical Schroth exercises can reduce or stabilize the curvatures. You would want to see an orthopedic surgeon for advice. If you have your xray on a CD, I can review it here on HT and provide a second opinion. Click the Send Message button at healthtap. Com/saurbornmd to start a consultation. ...Read more

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I'm 21 and recently found that I have dextro scoliosis. Can exercise help?

I'm 21 and recently found that I have dextro scoliosis. Can exercise help?

Yes: Exercise can help with the pain but not with the structural abnormality ...Read more

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I have scoliosis with 43 degrees and 21 age now. Can I go to gym work out and do ab exercise?

I have scoliosis with 43 degrees and 21 age now. Can I go to gym work out and do ab exercise?

Yes there should be: No restrictions in terms of exercise with a typical idiopathic scoliosis of this size and exercise is beneficial to good back health and your health in general. Curves under 50 degrees by the end of growth are unlikely to progress. Cardiovascular conditioning, core strengthening and flexibility should all be part of your exercise routine ...Read more

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I got diganosed with scoliosis at 14. What is the best ways to exercise this? Because I'm always in pain

I got diganosed with scoliosis at 14. What is the best ways to exercise this? Because I'm always in pain

Word of caution: Scoliosis usually is not painful especially in younger age and if it is minor otherwise look for some complications.
The web site below have program for exercises to follow.



http://www. Google. Com/search? Q=scoliosis+exercises&hl=en&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=x&ei=y0ynuavdazp7yahgwyhgdw&sqi=2&ved=0cfqqsaq&biw=1280&bih=579. ...Read more

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What are reasons why swimming is the best exercise for scoliosis?

What are reasons why swimming is the best exercise for scoliosis?

Scoliosis exercise: Scoliosis is a disorder related to the spine. Pressure on the spine will increase the discomfort. That occurs with obesity, and certain exercises. So, weight loss, and exercise that takes pressure off of the back, can be helpful. Also, strengthening the back muscles is helpful with many back problems. Swimming takes all of the pressure off of your joints and is neutral for your back. ...Read more

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Can you suggest a shoulder exercise I can do without further aggravating my scoliosis?

Can you suggest a shoulder exercise I can do without further aggravating my scoliosis?

Safe: Scoliosis should not be aggravated by exercises to your shoulders. The only exception would be a rare condition, sprengel's deformity, where there is an issue with the scapula of the shoulder which gives an appearance like an upper thoracic scoliosis. This condition may be associated with restrictions in shoulder motion. ...Read more

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I've scoliosis, 5degree dextroconvex, 7degree dextroconvex. Will yoga help as exercise or will it worsen it?

No, no: You have a very small curve that almost certainly will not worsen. In fact, having a small curve is so common that scoliosis is defined as having a curve greater than 10 degrees, so you don't actually have scoliosis. 60-80 percent of patients will have back pain, but there is no increase in severity in patients that have a small curve. Yoga can help with pain, but would not change your curve. ...Read more

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I've lost 45 pounds thru diet/exercise. Now my scoliosis is more obvious. Its not hurting though. How often shud I have my orthopaedist check it out?

I've lost 45 pounds thru diet/exercise. Now my scoliosis is more obvious. Its not hurting though. How often shud I have my orthopaedist check it out?

Depends: If you are an adult a curve above 50 degrees tends to progress one degree per year. ..Let your orthopaedist determine how often he/she wants to see you. ...Read more

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Best way to exercise for people suffering from thoracic scoliosis?

Any exercise is: Appropriate and none would be contraindicated with a combination of flexibility or stretching, core stabilization and cardiovascular endurance training. ...Read more

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What is the most recommended exercise for relieving back pain due to scoliosis?

What is the most recommended exercise for relieving back pain due to scoliosis?

Adjustment+exercise: You want to minimise progression of scoliosis & strengthen core. Suggest long term relationship w/ osteopathic physician who does omt (manipulation) see aao or cranial academy online. Feldenkrais also very useful for learning to sense your own body, tai chi, qi gong, and esp yoga can be very helpful. One-on-one Pilates if possible also good. Remember get best alignment 1st, strengthen 2nd. ...Read more

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Is it true that there were certain positions in yoga exercise that you're not allow to do when you have scoliosis?

Is it true that there were certain positions in yoga exercise that you're not allow to do when you have scoliosis?

Yoga can be: Beneficial but you need to adapt it, and any type of exercise, to your own situation. Please see your doc to get clearance for yoga and then a yoga instructor to help you create a program that is safe for you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Dextroconvex 5degree & 7degree levoconvex at L3, both minimal scoliosis. Is swimming as exercise be helpful??? Thanks!!

Dextroconvex 5degree & 7degree levoconvex at L3, both minimal scoliosis. Is swimming as exercise be helpful??? Thanks!!

Yes and no: Swimming is a great exercise in general for core strength, flexibility, and cardio; that being said, exercise will not have any affect on the size of the curve itself. Thankfully, the curves are so small no treatment is required and there is no increased risk of problems with your back than the general population. ...Read more

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Please help with treating scoliosis. I bend forwards a little and shoulders. With back pain. Can swimming or other exercise be of any help?

Please help with treating scoliosis. I bend forwards a little and shoulders. With back pain. Can swimming or other exercise be of any help?

Certainly!: You say that your scoliosis is slight. That is good, and not all the uncommon. Exercise helps most types of back pain. Make sure you start slowly and work your way up. A trainer can help, too. But just do not overdo so the muscles soreness and back pain from starting at too high an intensity makes you quit. Any exercises that improve the upper back and chest will help. Good luck, and have fun! ...Read more

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I want to start corset/waist training soon, but I have minor scoliosis (no restrictions). Will this (along with light exercise and diet) be harmful?

I want to start corset/waist training soon, but I have minor scoliosis (no restrictions). Will this (along with light exercise and diet) be harmful?

Corset training?: Of course exercise and good diet are not harmful. But corset training is another matter. This can cause you to have shortness of breath, fainting spells, reduced lung volumes leading to infection, altered liver anatomy. ...Read more

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Slight scoliosis in my spine. What kind of exercise to get a nice stomach?

Core program: Don't worry about your scoliosis. For best abdominal muscle results, google "plank exercises". These concentrate on your core. ...Read more

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What is the best exercise for moderate mid lumbar dextroconvex scoliosis?

What is the best exercise for moderate mid lumbar dextroconvex scoliosis?

Core: It is somewhat controversial, but in general it is not felt that there are any exercises that help scoliosis. That being said, it is generally good to keep your core strong. ...Read more

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Hi doctor, I, m 18 and have a scoliosis of 38 and 21 degree, my right scapula is severe and obvious. Is there any exercise to do without surgery?

Hi doctor, I, m 18 and have a scoliosis of 38 and 21 degree, my right scapula is severe and obvious. Is there any exercise to do without surgery?

Scoliosis: Exercise is rarely helpful. Sometimes a brace may help but generally if greater than 25degrees, surgery is necessary. All the best. ...Read more

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