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Scoliosis Exercise Contraindications
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
Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)
Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more
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
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
No: No, they cannot.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
Treatment 42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?
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
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
Yes: Exercise can help with the pain but not with the structural abnormality ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Any exercise is: Appropriate and none would be contraindicated with a combination of flexibility or stretching, core stabilization and cardiovascular endurance training. ...Read more
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
Is it true that there were certain positions in yoga exercise that you're not allow to do when you have scoliosis?
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
Is that right that when scoliosis, spine (spinous process) are rotated in the concave curve? Exercise with rotation in other direction are good?
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