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What Are The Treatment Options For Thoracolumbar Scoliosis
Prevention: Weight bearing exercise , proper nutrition and limited sun exposure helps to prevent osteoporosis. Even if present already, there are medications to help this condition. Osteopenia is not osteoporosis but a relative low bone mass that makes you a higher risk for osteoporosis. Finally, physical therapy and corrective posture devices will help scoliosis. Surgery is last resort for severe cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scoliosis is very 3D: Scoliosis is always a three dimensional deformity; the spine is not only curved when you look from the front, but it is also rotated. It is the amount of rotation that makes the curve the most visible when you bend forward and look at it. The rotation is what produces the 'so-called' rib hump. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have mild levoconvex thoracolumbar scoliosis and i was wondering if that could have been caused by the spinal tap for meningitis.
No, definitely not: no. Spinal tap can be you acute and subacute headaches but will not change the curvature of the spine. ...Read more
Can you tell me if a combined incidence of hiatal hernia , osteoporosis and thoracolumbar scoliosis, what to do?
Activities/Exercises: Would be helpful for all the 3, as hh is usually seen with weight issues, so reducing the wt with activities/exercises would benefit it. The osteoporosis can be improved upon by such activities as well, + calcium/vit d. The tl scoliosis may also be affected in a good way with exercises. You will need to see an orthopod to ensure its stable/not progressing. See the pcp. Good luck. ...Read more
Treatment 42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?
Many: The answer depends on what exactly is causing your pain and where your pain is (back or leg or both). Not all herniated disks cause discomfort and not all back pain is caused by scoliosis. Your condition (and subsequent treatment options) would be best served by speaking with a spine surgeon to try discern what relation these anatomic findings have to do with your clinical symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
From don't worry : This depends on your age and the size of the curve and whether your bone density is normal and if there are any associated issues such as spinal stenosis, instability &/or degenerative changes. If still growing brace or observation & if an adult, is it progressing or large in size or associated with any other problems . You really need to see a spine specialist to get an opinion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several options: If left untreated, scoliosis can lead to progressive disfiguring curve, pain and limited mobility. Some curves remain stable without progresson..Generally, treatment for scoliosis has included observation, bracing and/or surgery.Orthopedist specializing in scoliiosis can give advice. ...Read more
X-ray revealed moderate upper lumbar scoliosis and osteophytes in lumbar vertebrae. Possible cause of severe low back and hip pain? Treatment options?
Early arthritis: Not sure why a 34yo has these problems. Your description of X-ray sounds like back spasm causing some local splinting and curvature,not classic scoliosis. Osteophytes typically seen in degenerative arthritis. Do you have autoimmune disease? Lupus? Psoriasis? Rheumatoid? ...Read more
My flat feet and ankles rotate inward causing me to have knocked knees. What're my options for treatment of my misaligned knees? I also have scoliosis
Start with alignment: Excessive pronation is the motion you are describing and it causes poor alignment beginning at the feet creating problems with the knees, hips and lower back. Orthotic devices or braces (AFO) at the feet and ankles can begin to correct alignment which can improve knees, hips and back symptoms. A practitioner trained in biomechanics can provide a detailed exam. ...Read more
Is treatment different for c-shaped scoliosis vs. S-shaped? What is the difference, if any, in treatment for c-shaped and s-shaped scoliosis?
Varies: It is a bit of a generalization, but usually when you talk about a c shaped curve, you are talking about a single curve. An s shaped curve usually refers to a double curve in which one curve is often compensating for the other. Treatment is more based upon the size of the curve and the skeletal age of the patient than whether it is c or s shaped. Thank you for the question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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