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What does it mean to have cervicothoracic scoliosis?

What does it mean to have cervicothoracic scoliosis?

Curve in spine: Cervical is neck. Thoracic is chest. Lumbar is lower back. Cervicothoracic scoliosis means there is a curve in the chest and neck part of the spine. The next information needed is the angle of the curve. Scoliosis can be a minor or a major issue depending on the severity of the curve. Learning good body mechanics and stretches can keep discomfort (muscular) to a minimun. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman
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What does it mean to have minimal cervicothoracic scoliosis and loss of cervical lordosis?

What does it mean to have minimal cervicothoracic scoliosis and loss of cervical lordosis?

Translation: The spine at the neck usually has a gentile curve forward then back creating a bow like appearance when seen from the side. Lack of cervical lordosis means it has lost this curve. Cervicothoracic is just a term locating what they see as a slight curve (side to side) in the upper back. ...Read more

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Could it be Klippel-feil syndrome? At 12yrs old, learned I have congenital (45degree) cervicothoracic scoliosis w/congenital cervical fusion.

Could it be Klippel-feil syndrome? At 12yrs old, learned I have congenital (45degree) cervicothoracic scoliosis w/congenital cervical fusion.

YES: The fusion of any two cervical verterbrae can be an expression of Klippel-Feil Syndrome and the scoliosis can be due to the effects of the fusion on the normal S shaped curving of the spine....Hope this helps!

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X-ray: mild left convex cervicothoracic scoliosis w/reversal of upper cervical lordosis. Minimal subluxation is evident at c3-4 level. Should I worry?

Scoliosis: Mild scoliosis, min subluxation may not mean anything depending on actual numbers. Many people can have very small spinal asymmetry. Reversal of lordosis may be a sign of spasm. Either way I think you are getting the idea that one would need to see the actual films. An even more important question is why you got the films in the first place: your symptoms and your neuro exam. ...Read more

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C7-t1 there is a right lateral recess disc protrusion mildly indenting the right ventral cervicothoracic cord. What does this mean?

C7-t1 there is a right lateral recess disc protrusion mildly indenting the right ventral cervicothoracic cord. What does this mean?

Disc rupture: This MRI report suggests that your disc between C7 and t1 has ruptured and some disc ' materiel' is pressing on the the front of the spinal cord. I would suggest seeing an orthopedic or neurosurgeon for evaluation fairly soon. Good luck! ...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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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If a person has cervicothoracic hypermobility wouldn't manual release of the muscles be contraindicated because increased muscle tone is protective?

If a person has cervicothoracic hypermobility wouldn't manual release of the muscles be contraindicated because increased muscle tone is protective?

Unsure of Q: I'm not aware of a condition called cervicothoracic hyper mobility! Please enlighten me... Sounds like you may have " loose joints" or generalized ligamentous laxity. A scapulothoracic strengthening program may be indicated but I would see an ors first for exam. Good luck! ...Read more

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What does it mean to have biphasic scoliosis?

This is not a formal: This term "biphasic" is not a normal term when used to describe a scoliosis. There are several different types of scoliosis classified on their causes (idiopathic, congenital, neuromuscular) & then we describe scoliosis based on its location and appearance on radiographs or x-ray (thoracic, thorcolumbar, lumbar, cervical, - single curve, double curve, major curve, minor curve, kyphoscoliosis, etc. ...Read more

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What does dextroconvex scoliosis with apex at C7 mean? Is this common?

What does dextroconvex scoliosis with apex at C7 mean? Is this common?

Meaning: It means that in the coronal plane (looking straight at your spine from the front- as opposed to saggital or from the side); you have a curve facing the right with the peak of the curve being at C7. The underlying pathology and many other factors can determine whether it is normal or not. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have multiple scoliosis?

See below: Scoliosis can be present at multiple parts of the spine (for example - cervical, thoracic, lumbar). The term "multiple scoliosis" is not used frequently by clinicians. Did you mean multiple sclerosis or multiple scoliosis? ...Read more

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What does it mean if my scoliosis hurt so much?

What does it mean if my scoliosis hurt so much?

Scoliosis: Pain may be related to the curve itself, degenerative arthritic changes of the spine, or compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots, and other causes. Best to see an orthopedic surgeon/spine specialist. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have concave right scoliosis?

Direction of curve: Acurve has an apex convex side and a concave side inside thc c. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what point scale on scoliosis means?

Can you tell me what point scale on scoliosis means?

Not sure: The magnitude of a curve is measured in degrees, less than 10 is normal. Skeletal maturity can be assigned a risser sign, between 0 and 5. There is a genetic test called the scoli score which can help predict curve progression which ranges from 0 to 200. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have rotatory thoracolumbar scoliosis?

What does it mean to have rotatory thoracolumbar scoliosis?

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 more

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I have scoliosis, does that mean I also have Marfan syndrome?

No,: Marfan's is diagnosed using major and minor criteria: major (enlarged aorta/ tear, dislocation of lens of the eye, specific skeletal abnormalities, dural ectasia. Minor (myopia, stretch marks, loose joints, arched palate, long thin face) if family history is positive, you need to have 1 major and one minor criteria. If no family history you need 2 major and 1 minor criteria/ different parts /body. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have scoliosis and my hips are uneven?

What does it mean if I have scoliosis and my hips are uneven?

Depends: It can be cause or effect. In other words, if a scoliosis curve extends particularly low, it can be cause an obliquity of the pelvis like you are describing. On the other hand, having an uneven pelvis, as can occur when one leg is longer than the other, can contribute to scoliosis as well. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have osteoarthritis and scoliosis?

What exactly does it mean to have osteoarthritis and scoliosis?

Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis refers to the normal wear and tear in joints that occurs basically in everyone as they age. Scoliosis refers to a curvature of the spine. Both conditions can vary widely in severity, and if mild they really don't mean anything bad or life changing. Talk to your doctor about the severity of the findings. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is scoliosis and what does it mean when on your childs school exam it says "positive" at scoliosis?

Curve of spine: Scoliosis is curvature of spine. Curvature sometimes can be found on physical exam at schools. Then child should be examined by orthopedic surgeon with radiographic examination for assessment of severity of scoliosis. Some curves mild and do not progress. Other curves can become severe enough to require surgery and spinal fusion with metal rods. ...Read more

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Got a scoliosis my left shoulder is lowr than right. It hurts too. Does it mean im im danger? Does some people live with this normaly?

Got a scoliosis my left shoulder is lowr than right. It hurts too. Does it mean im im danger? Does some people live with this normaly?

Depends on: Severity of scoliosis and likelihood of progression. Get an opinion from spine surgery specialist, because a certain amount of degenerative changes with aging s inevitable, even without scoliosis. ...Read more

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What does it mean to get scoliosis screening?

What does it mean to get scoliosis screening?

Check for scoliosis: Scoliosis screening is done in schools for adolescents to check for any obvious abnormal spinal asymmetry or curvature on physical examination. This may include a "hump" along the ribs - especially seen with forward bending, having 1 shoulder higher than the other, tight hamstrings, abnormal scoliometer measurement, etc. If an abnormality is suspected, then a referral to a physician is given. ...Read more

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I have posterior spurring at the L2-3 & L3-4 levels. And scoliosis convex to the left. What does this mean?

Welcome to aging!: Most humans over the age of 40 will have small overgrowths of bone at the edge of the vertebra (spine bone); these are called "osteophytes " or "spurring" Many studies have shown that the presence/absence of spurring does not correlate very well with the presence/ absence of back pain. Scoliosis = abnormal curve of the spine; this curve may alter muscle mechanics which can predispose to backache ...Read more

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Scoliosis bilateral upper limb means?

Hard to say: Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine and is not usually used to describe any other part of the body. So to say scoliosis of the upper limbs is not a common way to describe any deformity of the arms. All that being said, it may have been someone's attempt to describe a curvature of the arms, or you may not have understood what was said. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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What does limited scoliosis with spondylosis and facet arthropathy mean?

What does limited scoliosis with spondylosis and facet arthropathy mean?

See below: I suspect they mean mild scoliosis if they say "limited". Scoliosis is not necesarily a painful condition. Spondylosis and facet arthropathy are 2 fancy ways to say that there is some arthritis in the back. ...Read more

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Hemisacralization on the left side of L5. What does it mean? My x-ray result for scoliosis. I have dextroconvex & levoconvex scoliosis. Both minimal.

Fusion: The sacrum is the bottom if the spine. It is a solid bone and does not move. The lowest mobile space in the spine is the disc between the lowest lumbar vertebrae (L5) and the sacrum. Some patients are born with all or part of the L5 vertebrae fused to the scaring making it immobile as well. This then leaves 23 instead of the normal 24 motion segments in the spine. ...Read more

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Does uneven waist means Scoliosis?? My 12 year old daughter has uneven waist. Is this normal?? We can't really take her to the doctors at the moment..

Does uneven waist means Scoliosis?? My 12 year old daughter has uneven waist. Is this normal?? We can't really take her to the doctors at the moment..

Scoliosis: Scoliosis is suspected in some children with uneven waist folds, uneven shoulder or hip height. This is of less significance in children who have completed most of their growth, e.g. girls who have started menstruating. Younger children are of greater concern. A physical exam and possibly x-rays to evaluate any abnormal spinal curvature are needed. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Does muscle imbalance + turned rib cage mean scoliosis?

Potentially: Possibly, scoliosis sually begins with a rotation of the vertebrae. This causes a rib hump, otherwise known as an asymmetric trunk rotation. There are also patients with neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy that have muscular imbalance and can have scoliosis. Please consider being checked, a simple xray will definitively answer the question of whether or not you have scoliosis. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a sore inflamed lower back and itchy? When you have scoliosis

What does it mean when you have a sore inflamed lower back and itchy? When you have scoliosis

Muscular strain: scoliosis needs to be monitored. Low back soreness is very common malady. Apply heat to area and watch your activities in the next few days, don't over exert. ...Read more

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Does uneven waist curves mean Scoliosis or can it be just puberty hormones for my teen daughter?

Does uneven waist curves mean Scoliosis or can it be just puberty hormones for my teen daughter?

Scoliosis: Yes uneven waist, one side flat & the other in an angle could be a sign of scoliosis, look at her back while she bends down you can see a curve of the spine or one side is more prominent than the other, she might need to do spine X ray to know if she has it & the degree of the curve, based on that hr Dr might refer her to an orthopedic, it is very important to maintain proper posture. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Scoliosis (Definition)

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