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Swimming Good Correct Scoliosis
Not likely: Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine. Causes include bony deformities and either paralysis or spasm of the paraspinal muscles. Exercise is generally not useful for straightening the spine (this generally requires surgery), although exercise can help reduce symptoms such as pain and allow you to be more functional. ...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
I would like to ask if their is any best way or technique for swimming you can advice specially as having scoliosis. Thank you?
Can swimming help or make scoliosis worse, and how? I'm wondering because there's a 90 degree pool, but I wouldn't want it to worsen my scoliosis.
Yes, swimming helps: Typically swimming does not worsen scoliosis.Rather good core strengthening from exercises like swimming, ellipticals &pilates are beneficial. We would need to also have more info about your pool. COnsideration would be for you to see a sports medicine or PMR MD & complete Physical therapy if you haven't already. Once we know the degree of your curve that would help, in males these are often small. ...Read more
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
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
I have mild scoliosis and I go swimming now, my doctor said I should strengthen my back and my abs, so what exercises to do and what to avoid in the gym?
Swimming for 2 months, now mild pain in pecs for 2 weeks, I didn't rest, could it be an injury? Or is it respiartory muscles? Btw I have mild scoliosis.
Overuse/Strength?: Most likely it's a little overuse inflammation from doing an exercise your pectoral muscles are not used to, especially if you have not rested very much. Could also just be some soreness from working out the pectorals - to get muscles stronger usually involves getting muscles sore. Mild scoliosis should not matter. Your respiratory muscles will strengthen with swimming. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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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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
Treatment 42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?
Varies: Despite popular commercials, the selection of a comfortable mattress is somewhat arbitrary. It is one of the few products consumer reports won't rate cause there is not much objectivity to it. Usually a matress should be form enough to provide support, but also soft enough to match you contour and allow your spine to be in a neutral position. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
Some ideas: If you can, work with a pilates instructor who can cue you on alignment while strengthening you in the best possible position. Also try working long term with a good osteopathic physician who does gentle manipulation. Find online via biodo. Com, cranialacademy. Com, academyofosteopathy. Org. Feldenkrais and alexander bodywork techniques and exercises very useful as well. ...Read more
Potentially: Any surgery has its inherent risks and potential benefits. Spine surgery can be very beneficial but involves an area that is very delicate and vital to quality of life. Consult a treating surgeon with the expertise and communication skills to provide comprehensive education about all the risks and benefits for one's condition, to allow for an educated, informed decision about scoliosis surgery. ...Read more
Anything: Exercise will not change scoliosis in adults or growing children. That is a proven medical fact. Core exercises, though, are great for anyone with back pain or a tendency for it. So progress flexibility as you tolerate. Don't force motion, as your curve may block some movements. Enjoy! ...Read more
Yoga is helpful: Anyone who has a spinal problem with benefit from exercise, especially exercises that strengthen your core muscles. Yoga is one example of an exercise that builds core strength. It will not correct or alter your scoliosis in any way, but is very helpful for reduction in back pain that may accompany scoliosis. ...Read more
Osteopathic Eval: Corrected is tough, improved is more likely. Some osteopathic physicians do manipulation to see if a vertebrae is dislocated and he/she can offer treatment by trying to correct the pathology. If this does not help, it could be pathology in your spine that needs to be further evaluation. Recommend seeing a pain/spine specialist. ...Read more
Major surgery: Scoliosis is major surgery. In experienced hands it is safe, but all surgery has risks. Depending on your age, health, curve location and severity, the risks can include bleeding that requires transfusion, infection, nerve damage (weakness, numbness), residual or new deformity, implant failure, medical problems, even death. Talk to your doctor about your situation. Consider a second opinion. ...Read more
Within reason: Any activity that strengthens the postural muscles and core can help decrease back pain from disk disease and degenerative scoliosis. While it will not change your alignment, it can help you feel more flexible and have less pain. Avoid any extreme positions that increase your pain. ...Read more
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