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Is there any known link between scoliosis and spina bifida occulta?

Is there any known link between scoliosis and spina bifida occulta?

No: Spina bifida occulta is a mild defect of the spine where some of the bones don't completely fuse together to close the spinal canal. Usually occurring at the very bottom of the spine. This diagnosis is usually incidental. And it just may be a coincidence if a patient has both scoliosis and spina bifida occulta. ...Read more

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

Abnormal curvature of the spine is a symptom in which a person's spine has sideways curvature (either to the left or to the right), or has too little or too much curvature in the front-back direction. Normal front-back spine curvatures exist in the neck, the chest, the lower back, ...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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What exercises are beneficial with for spina bifida occulta?

What exercises are beneficial with for spina bifida occulta?

Paraspinous strength: Isometric exercises to strengthen the paraspinous muscles. Swimming is excellent. ...Read more

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Whats wrong with me if spina bifida occulta?

Abnormal bone: Spina bifida occulta is when the back part of the individual vertebrae is not fused together. It is the mildest form of spina bifida, and many may have it and never know it. It is only of significance if having spine surgery then the surgeon needs to know its there. ...Read more

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If you have spina bifida occulta at age 16, could it get worse with age, or is it very stable?

If you have spina bifida occulta at age 16, could it get worse with age, or is it very stable?

Don't worry: This is a very common x-ray finding noted in about 22% of the population and is known as an incidental finding with no bearing on any stability issues and is asymptomatic meaning it does not cause pain. It also does not change over time. It can be associated with spondylolithesis and some transitional vertebra or base of spine anatomy variants that may alter spinal mechanics and cause pain. ...Read more

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What defines a spina bifida as spina bifida occulta?

What defines a spina bifida as spina bifida occulta?

Skin covering: Spina bifida occulta, like open spina bifida, is a congenital malformation involving a problem with closing of the neural tube during development. However, there is not exposed neural tissue in spina bifida occulta. There can be tracts connecting the skin to the spinal cord, or lipomas or bands (tight filum) which can cause neurologic deficit. There can also be bony issues. ...Read more

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I have spina bifida occulta diagnosed as teen; could it get worse?

Probably not: Spina bifida occulta is the mildest type of spina bifida. So long as you do not have a tethered cord, it will probably not become worse. ...Read more

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Could I have spina bifida occulta and not know it for years?

Certainly: Most people with spina bifida occulta are unaware of hteir condition and do not have any symptoms from this. Most of the time it doesn't cause any problems. ...Read more

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What is a good type of mattress for spina bifida occulta?

Spina bifida is usua: lly is an incidental finding on x-rays & is an asymptomatic condition. If U have back pain it would B from another condition. As far as mattresses R concerned, U have 2 decide by trying different types. Everyone has a different preference. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about spina bifida occulta s1?

Spina bifida occulta: A common finding on x-ray and rarely requires any from of treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Smith
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