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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?

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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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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What are signs of scoliosis?

Uhumps and unlevel: Unlevel shoulders, pelic obliquity rib hump under scapula when bent over otherwise no symptoms not painful. ...Read more

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I have a knot in my back; is this a sign of scoliosis?

I have a knot in my back; is this a sign of scoliosis?

Maybe-tho likely not: A curved spine can go right/left or can be rotational (in other words, the curve comes from vertebrae - spinal bones - twisting slightly). Classic "knots" are typically from spasm of muscles along the spine, but such spasms could be brought on by scoliosis or spinal misaligment. Some people have misinterpreted "bumps" from spinla curves as "knots". Best to have it checked...And simple. ...Read more

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What are the signs of scoliosis. My back has been hurting and I can't sit down in one position for more than 5 min. Without pain. Hard to sit up straig?

What are the signs of scoliosis. My back has been hurting and I can't sit down in one position for more than 5 min. Without pain. Hard to sit up straig?

Scoliosis spine curv: The scoliosis is curvature of the spine. This may be present but may not be the cause of your symptoms. This is osmething to discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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What is a sign that you need surgery with scoliosis?

Surgery for symptoms: Scoliosis is an often benign curvature of the back. However, when the curvature is enough to cause chronic back pain that does not respond to medications or physical therapy, then you are looking at a constant problem that needs a physical (i.e. internal/invasive) solution. ...Read more

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32 male. C & l X-ray = scoliosis but brain & c spine MRI normal. B12 @ 1100. Suffering from lhermitte's sign. What other tests can determine cause?

32 male. C & l X-ray = scoliosis but brain & c spine MRI normal. B12 @ 1100. Suffering from lhermitte's sign. What other tests can determine cause?

Anatomy: If you do indeed have a true lhermitte's phenomenon, it represents spinal cord irritation over the posterior column, and a cause is always present, but sometimes obscure. Do you have vertebral body instability in neck, (perhaps flexion/extension films), is there diabetes (hgb-a1c), might you have an arteritis (ana profile)? Sometimes, spinal fluid analysis is answer (ms profile). ...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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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?

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

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How to cure scoliosis?

Depends: Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine in the coronal plane. The majority of cases of scoliosis are mild and do not cause symptoms and do not need treatment. Curvatures greater than 45 degrees usually relentlessly progress, and surgery is really the only cure for large curves. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Is scoliosis inherited?

Is scoliosis inherited?

Yes: Most forms of scoliosis have a hereditary pattern. The exact inheritance pattern is not yet known. However we know that scoliosis tends to be more common in twins and in families with a known history of the disease. ...Read more

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Does scoliosis hurt you?

Does scoliosis hurt you?

It varies: Many describe pain under the right scapula and low back ache if the spine is unbalanced but some have no pain at all it varies wifly progressive curves are often painful at the apex only potentially progressive curves are worth fusing. ...Read more

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Can scoliosis be treated?

Can scoliosis be treated?

Yes: Scoliosis may be structural or idiopathic in nature. Idiopathic is easily the most common. Usually diagnosed in adolescence. It requires frequent evaluation & if curve is progressing may require bracing, exercise, and at times surgery. With structural cases it may caused by herniated discs, muscle spasm, fractures, etc. Treatment of the underlying problems will correct the scoliosis. ...Read more

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How can I cure scoliosis?

How can I cure scoliosis?

Only if: Only if scoliosis is flexible & due to another reason that is forcing the spine to bend, ie spasm being generated by another issue like a kidney stone. If it is a type of scoliosis known as congenital or idiopathic, the answer is surgery if indicated but curve may not be fully corrected & does not need to be usually. Bracing for idiopathic scoliosis during growth may control curve progression. ...Read more

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Why do kids get scoliosis?

Why do kids get scoliosis?

Unknown: The cause of scoliosis, in most cases, is unknown. It is likely multifactorial, meaning that a combination of genetics, environment, growth, etc. Play into an individual's risk of having scoliosis. There are some cases which are due to neuromuscular diseases like tethered cord syndrome, but these are the exception and not the rule. ...Read more

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I think I have scoliosis?

I think I have scoliosis?

Scoliosis: Hello. Many patients have the incidental finding of scoliosis on x-rays. Fortunately just because scoliosis may be seen, it does not mean that a patient will experience pain because of it. Most curves are mild. For those that are NOT mild, seeing a scoliosis spine specialist is in order to prevent other issues- especially to the lungs over time. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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