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What Causes Scoliosis In Early 20s
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
Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...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
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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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
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
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?
See below.: Scoliosis (a curvature of the spine to the side) often begins around 10 years old;it’s 4-5 times more common in girls than boys. It usually causes no symptoms, but if severe, it can compress the lungs. Because it can continue to progress as long as the spine is growing, your doctor will recheck it regularly. If the curve gets to 20+ degrees, your doctor can recommend an orthopedist. ...Read more
Possibly genetic: The causes of most cases of scoliosis is not fully understood. That being said, however, there does appear to be a strong genetic component. There have been a number of genetic markers seen more commonly on patients with progressive scoliosis curves. Thank you for your question. ...Read more
It is a deformity of: The spine & are several types or categories with it appearing that the spine is curved &/or twisted. The categories are defined by the causes &/or age of onset. The typical one in teenage years is idiopathic scoliosis. This is assessed by seeing your physician. Causes can be tumor, a neurologic syndrome, an orthopedic syndrome, a congenital type or idiopathic which is multifactoral. ...Read more
Idiopathic scoliosis: Idiopathic (spontaneous without a cause) scoliosis is not a painful condition. Back pain in scoliosis is similar to that of people with a straight spine unless lumbar curves exceed 30-50 degrees and thoracic curves exceed 50-70 degrees. Curve progression occurs with aging by about. 5 degree per year. It is not likely to "compress organs" or cause breathing, heart or neurologic probs unless severe. ...Read more
Other than idiopathic reasons, what are the causes of structural scoliosis developing in your teenage years?
Several: Idiopathic is the most common cause. Others in no particular order are congenital defects like deformed vertebrae, Marfan's syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos (both connective tissue disorders) Infection of the spine and rarely tumors. Careful evaluation by a pediatric orthopaedist can usually sort them out. Thanks for Trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
Variety: Could be congenital scoliosis (malformations of parts of the spine), resulting in abnormal growth. Alternatively, certain syndromes result in scoliosis in addition to other medical issues which need to be identified, worked up and treated. A variety of neuromuscular problems can also be associated. ...Read more
Can S shaped scoliosis over 25 degrees cause an even more uneven chest in girls during teen years?
Scoliosis involving: The thorax causes a prominence of the ribs on the back and then on the opposite side in the front which may be somewhat noticable with or without breast growth. Scoliosis tends to worsen during periods of growth, but most 17 year old girls have reached adult height, and their curve will most likely remain fairly stable. ...Read more
Not typically: Scoliosis is commonly defined as an abnormal curvature to the spine, usually related to developmental issues. A single car accident should not produce abnormal curvature in the spine unless it was such a severe accident that you actually fractured the vertebrae of the spine. A minor car accident with whip lash should not produce scoliosis. ...Read more
Recently diagnosed with upper spine scoliosis but I'm 22 and stopped growing years ago. What could have caused it?
Cause not clearl: The cause remains under discussion. Sometimes posture can contribute as does unequal leg length ...Read more
My boyfriend has scoliosis and it causes him extreme pain. He is prescribed loratabs. But is there anything I can do to help him.
He should seek: A second opinion. Really a horrible thing to be on lortabs for scoliosis. No narcotic medication is needed to treat this. He needs to see a scoliosis specialist, as whomever started him on lortabs for scoliosis treatment is not managing the diagnosis as it should. Taking narcotics for a chronic issue like this is a bad idea, usually does not end well. There are better treatments. ...Read more
I have minor scoliosis, the curve moves my neck to the side. Can I straighten my neck somehow to cause it to have less of a lean? Thanks
Varies: You can ultimately work on your range of motion and flexibility of the area with physical therapy and stretching. If you do have a mild curve it would be pretty uncommon to have much of a deformity going into the neck. Don't hesitate to be seen and examined directly to discuss further treatment options. ...Read more
What can cause moderate scoliosis in a 24 y/o? Was never diagnosed with it as a kid. My back hurts all the time, but not sure if related to scoliosis?
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More history and exam are needed, including xray results.
This question is best answered by your regular DR who has your full medical history and the advantage of the tests that have been done already. ...Read more
Unlikely: Only the largest curves and most extreme rib deformities cause lung function problem like curves above 70 degrees if your curve is this large than maybe. ...Read more
A fall on the butt is not likely to cause scoliosis.
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Practice safe sex.
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Yes: Scoliosis, an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine can significantly limit rib movement. Occasionally, this can be severe enough to impair breathing. More often, however, people describe the sensation your feeling of tightness or stiffness of the chest with rotation. In some mild/moderate cases, osteopaths, pts, or chiropractors may be able to work on reducing the scoliosis and pain. ...Read more
Can scoliosis develop over the years if you do not have a history during your teen years? Does bad posture cause scoliosis?
See below: Scoliosis occurs in roughly 4% of the adult population. 15% have degenerative scoliosis that developed after skeletal maturity. Approximately 85% of adults have idiopathic scoliosis that occurred during adolescence.. At your young age and no history of adolescent scoliosis-it is unlikely you will develop scoliosis. Bad posture does not cause scoliosis. Curvature >30 degrees needs follow up. ...Read more
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