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Scoliosis with a leg length discrepancy treatable?

Scoliosis with a leg length discrepancy treatable?

Yes but: Sonetimes there is an apparent leg length change due to the scoliosis affecting the pelvis and othertimes a true large leg length discrepancy can lead to a pelvic tilt and a scoliosis that occurs to compensate for this keeping the head centered over the body. You need to see which is the case for the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Abnormal Curvature Of The Spine (Definition)

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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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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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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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How do you treat scoliosis?

How do you treat scoliosis?

Depends on age & typ: It all depends on your age & type of scoliosis. Obviously there is conservative management vs surgery but it's hard to say which w/out knowing the specifics. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat scoliosis?

What can I do to treat scoliosis?

Nope: Nothing. See, once you're done growing, scoliosis does not progress to a significant degree. And, along with the lack of growth potential, comes the lack of remodeling or correction. Regardless, scoliosis is not typically painful (no more so than straight spines). Unless curves exceed the 50-70° range in thoracic or 30-50° range in lumbar. Then, pt, nsaid's and surgery are only options. ...Read more

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What are ways to treat scoliosis?

What are ways to treat scoliosis?

Varies: There are two components to scoliosis treatment. One is based on the structural issues of the curve and the second is based on the symptoms a patient might have from their scoliosis. Structural treatment is based upon the age of the patient and the size of the curve. Symptomatic treatment is based upon how much trouble the person is having with their back and treatment options are multiple. ...Read more

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Are there alternative ways to treat scoliosis?

None effective: The only treatmrent that has changed the natural course of scoliois. Is bracing in the the growing and surgery. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative ways to treat scoliosis?

Yes: Scoliosis can be "treated" with medications, exercise, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, and occasionally steroid injections to help relieve the symptoms of back pain and/or lower extremity pain. However these alternative treatments will not correct the spinal curvature. Bracing can help prevent worsening of scoliosis in certain cases but only surgery can correct the curve. ...Read more

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How to treat scoliosis?

How to treat scoliosis?

First try PT: Scoliosis curves can range from insignificant to severe curves. Treatment depends heavily on the symptoms you are having. If it is back pain only, then physical therapy to improve muscle control, strength and endurance are the mainstay of treatment. If a curve is more severe, then surgery is sometimes indicated to improve the curvature and relieve pressure from spinal nerves. ...Read more

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How to treat scoliosis?

How to treat scoliosis?

Varies: Treatment for scoliosis is based upon the age of the patient, the size of the curve, and the presence or absence of any associated symptoms. Don't hesitate to be seen by a specialist to discuss the options of your specific case. ...Read more

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Is surgery the most effective way to treat scoliosis?

It depends: It depends. Small curvatures do not need surgery, or even any treatment at all. Curvatures over 45-50 degrees will usually tend to relentlessly progress, potentially leading to even heart and lung problems. Surgery is the only way to really change this natural history in traditional medicine. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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