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So I've heard only severe scoliosis will cause breathlessness but surely thoracic scoliosis and kyphosis will slightly put pressure on lungs?

So I've heard only severe scoliosis will cause breathlessness but surely thoracic scoliosis and kyphosis will slightly put pressure on lungs?

You're correct: Even mild scoliosis that involves the thoracic area can alter rib cage compliance and thus lung compliance. However, it would have to be quite severe to actually cause you to have symptoms. Your lung function could decrease 10% and you wouldn't even notice unless you were climbing Everest. However, a decrease of 50% would leave almost anyone breathless... ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman
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Which exercises for a c curve to the right thoracic scoliosis?

Which exercises for a c curve to the right thoracic scoliosis?

Normal exercises: The exercises for a scoliosis are no different than that for anyone with back pain, because exercise has not been shown to alter the curve of a scoliosis - basic strengthening and range of motion and overall conditioning will help almost anyone with back pain. ...Read more

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I have a 32 degree curve of the spine due to scoliosis. Will going to a chiropractor help with the constant pain?

I have a 32 degree curve of the spine due to scoliosis. Will going to a chiropractor help with the constant pain?

See below: Chiropractic may help. I would also advise that you see either an orthopedist or a physiatrist (specialist in rehab medicine). ...Read more

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Can spondylolysis run in families?

Can spondylolysis run in families?

Definitely: There is a genetic component for spondylolysis. Certain populations have rates approaching 50%, while others have very low rates. While genetics plays a role, your parents having it does not necessarily mean you have it. ...Read more

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Which vertebrae will be fused in the average scoliosis correction?

Which vertebrae will be fused in the average scoliosis correction?

Depends: Often the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae are involved with scoliosis. The number of vertebrae included in the fusion will depend on the severity and location of the scoliosis. Ask your spine surgeon for your specific situation. ...Read more

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How can the spinal angle in a pt with scoliosis worsen throughout adult years?

How can the spinal angle in a pt with scoliosis worsen throughout adult years?

Scoliosis : Scoliosis can progress through the adult years primarily through degeneration of the discs and facet joints on the spine. Osteoporosis can lead to collapse and angulation of the vertebral bodies. Dystonias or abnormal muscle contractions and repetitive work related movements are less common causes. See a spine surgeon who specializes in deformity disease for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have 35 degree congenital lumbar scoliosis along with spina bifida occulta in L5 vertebra. Is lifting weights and doing push ups a good idea?

It is fine: Typically spina bifida occulta is not highly destabilized and more of an incidental finding. The scoliosis should also not be a huge problem. My recommendation would be to work out, but don't do exercises that are bothersome to your low back. If it hurts, don't do it. ...Read more

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Can the spine curve after having scoliosis surgery?

Can the spine curve after having scoliosis surgery?

Yes: It can deform or curve above or below the part of the spine treated (fused, made stiff). Less commonly, if the implants are removed (for some reason) the curve can worsen. ...Read more

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Will a winged scapula lead to scoliosis?

Not usually: A true winged scapula is related to an abnormal function of the muscles that anchor the scapula to the torso and is usually nerve related. It in of and of itself is not usually related to scoliosis. But, the first changes of scoliosis is a rotation of the vertebrae which causes a rib hump, also known as an asymmetric trunk rotation. This may make the scapula appear winged. Thank you. ...Read more

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How severe is scoliosis with a curve of 30 degrees?

Mild: This is a fairly small curve. For people who are young (child or adolescent) it may need watching to see if it worsens (gets larger). A young and middle-aged adult with a curve of this size tends to stay the same until later in life (usually age in the sixties and beyond). ...Read more

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How can I straighten 14 degree curve in spine?

You can't....: Unless it is a result of a leg length difference. Then all it takes is a shoe lift in the shorter leg. If it is idiopathic scoliosis ( curve greater than 10 degrees) then it is just a matter of observation. Surgery to straighten curves is not done until the curve is either shown to be progressing 6 deg or more every 6 months or greater than 30 degrees with progression. ...Read more

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Will a spinal fusion fix my swayback posture?

Will a spinal fusion fix my swayback posture?

If the purpose of : The surgery is to address a spinal deformity, the goal is to obtain what is known as a balanced spine such that the head is centered over the pelvis/hips from a front & side view. So it should be addressed by the surgery if this is part of your spinal deformity. You can ask your surgeon about the goals of your surgery. ...Read more

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Does the chiari malformation run in families? Will my children get it?

Does the chiari malformation run in families? Will my children get it?

Uncertain: There are different types of chiari. There have been rare reports of a tendency for this to run in families. It's not common. To prevent the severe forms of chiari malformation and other neural tube defects, it's important for women of child-bearing age to have adequate Folic Acid in their diets even before they conceive! talk to your family doctor or ob-gyn about good "pre-conception" nutrition. ...Read more

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When a herniated disc causes sciatic pain, will the opposite leg feel shorter over time?

When a herniated disc causes sciatic pain, will the opposite leg feel shorter over time?

No: Probably not. The disk herniation has no effect on leg length. I have not had a patient complain (or notice) of a leg feeling longer or shorter if they have or have had radiating pain (sciatica). ...Read more

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Where to get brace for scoliosis and lordosis?

Where to get brace for scoliosis and lordosis?

Have it evaluated: There are different types of back braces. Each have their specific indications. Have your back evaluated by a professional and get a prescription for an appropriate brace for your specific condition. Often time they may need to be custom made. ...Read more

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I have spine scoliosis with 5-7 degree curvature, will therapy fix it?

No: Spine curvature under 10 degrees is considered within normal anatomic variation and is typically not clinically detected unless someone is looking for it. If it is symptomatic therapy may help with symptoms but it will not reverse the curvature. Typically this level of curvature is not symptomatic. ...Read more

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My chiro xray shows lateral pelvic tilt & (as a result) curve in lumbar spine. Doc said the curvature in the spine is NOT scoliosis. How is it not?

Stop seeing chiro: Why are you confused?. This just proves Chiro's can't read X-rays!! Why would you think they could. ? heck, Most MD s can't read X-rays. . If concerned, Only a radiologist should read your X-rays. They spend years learning to read them. Are you having symptoms. ? Or is the chiro just coming up with a reason to recommend a year of monthly 'treatments' Be careful and watch your wallet ...Read more

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I'm 22 yo with 42 degree dextroscoliosis. I'm stretching by bending to the left (opposite my curvature). Is it right or will it make my curve worse?

Scoliosis: With a 42 degree curve I am surprised your doctor has not recommended surgery.If you haven't seen an orthopedist recently, please do. He, at least could recommend a brace. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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