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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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
Could it be Klippel-feil syndrome? At 12yrs old, learned I have congenital (45degree) cervicothoracic scoliosis w/congenital cervical fusion.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
C7-t1 there is a right lateral recess disc protrusion mildly indenting the right ventral cervicothoracic cord. What does this mean?
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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!See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
No: No, they cannot.Get a more detailed answer ›
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.
Treatment 42 yr congenital scoliosis hemi vertebrae L4 has lead to osteoarthritis in lumbar, fractured pedicles, stenosis + degeneratIve discs L4 l5?
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!
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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