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What is scoliosis?

What is scoliosis?

Curved spine: It is a lateral(side to side) curvature of the spine. Mild cases usually aren't a biggie, but severe cases can cause pain and many other problems. It is best to catch it early to determine if correction is necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Abnormal Curvature Of The Spine (Definition)

Scoliosis is the term given for a curvature of the spine in the coronal plane that is ...Read more


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What is scoliosis?

What is scoliosis?

Curvature of spine: Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Depending on the degree, it can be without symptoms or it can cause a very noticeable deformity. You may want to see a chiropractor or orthopedic doctor if your primary care doctor suspects scoliosis. Some cases can be treatable with non surgical intervention. ...Read more

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What is kyphosis?

Forward bend spine: Forward bending of spine.

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What is dextroscoliosis?

What is dextroscoliosis?

To the right: It is deviation of the spine to the right. ...Read more

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What is thoracolumbar scoliosis?

A curved spine: Scoliosis means an abnormal curvature of the spine. Thoracolumbar means that it involves both the thoracic spine or mid back and the lumbar spine or low back. ...Read more

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What is thoracogenic scoliosis?

What is thoracogenic scoliosis?

thoracic curve: Thoracic refers to the middle portion of the spine, between the low back and the neck. The term "genic" means "begins in". While this is not really a common way to describe a scoliosis curve, thoracogenic scoliosis would refer to a curve that begins in the thoracic curve. That is to say the primary structural curve in this case would be in the thoracic spine. Thank you. ...Read more

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What is levo-convex scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a cur--: Vature in the spine. I think a left sided one is called levoscoliosis. ...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 is spondylolysis?

What is spondylolysis?

A small crack : A crack in a particular part of one spine bone a radio graphic finding may or may not be painful common in elite gymnasts and interior line men. ...Read more

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What is lordosis?

What is lordosis?

Curve: This is the normal curvature of the cervical and lumbar spine. The curve has its convexity facing anteriorly and it's concavity facing posteriorly. ...Read more

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What is acquired scoliosis?

What is acquired scoliosis?

Not genetic: Regular or idiopathic scoliosis is usually a genetic basis whike acquired arises from a secondary issue like a back spadm, disc herniation or disc degeneration or even a tumor or spine infection. ...Read more

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What is bowleggedness?

What is bowleggedness?

Genu Varum: Bow – leggedness is also called genu varum. It is a deformity in which the legs are so curved that if you stand with the ankles together, that the knees bow outward. ...Read more

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What is torticollis?

What is torticollis?

See below: Spasmodic torticollis (cervical dystonia) is a neurological condition which causes involuntary muscle spasms in the neck. The causes include disorders of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and also the peripheral nervous system usually secondary to some type of nerve injury in the neck. The gold standard of treatment for torticollis are botulism toxin injections into the muscles. ...Read more

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What is spondilitis?

What is spondilitis?

Spinal inflammation: Spondylitis is a generic term for spine infl;ammation. It tends to be inherited. Major forms of spondylitis can be associated with specific genes, primarily b27, but also b40. Psoriatic arthritis can also cause spondylitis. Sacroiliitis is usually the first manifestation of "spondylitis.". ...Read more

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What is spondulosis?

What is spondulosis?

Arthritis: Spondylosis refers to arthritis, or degenerative changes in the joints of spine, which connect the individual spine bones (vertebra) to one another. ...Read more

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What is scoliosis and how is it caused?

What is scoliosis and how is it caused?

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

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What is scoliosis pain like?

Varies: Many cases of scoliosis, even in large curves, are not associated with pain. In patients with pain from scoliosis it can be a muscular pain from the strain along the convexity of the curve of the paraspinal muscles trying to hold the curve straight, a sciatic type pain from nerve root compression along the concavity of the curve, or a typical low back pain from degeneration of discs in the spine. ...Read more

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What is cervical kyphosis?

Kyphosis: cervical kyphosis is an abnormal alignment of the spine with the neck tending to pitch forward. this can cause pain or even neurologic symptoms with pinching of the spinal cord or nerve roots. ...Read more

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What is spondylolysis? How serious is this?

What is  spondylolysis? How serious is this?

A small crack: In a spine called th parsinterarticularis it a bridge of bone from th two joint to the support structure in th front with extension activities this can fail inlow energy they can range from causing no symptoms means no limits to nagging low back ache many people live a normal active life with them can be associated with spondylithesis spinal slip if aslip is present neural impingement and sciatica. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Scoliosis (Definition)

An abnormal curvature of the spine or backbone in which part of the spine looks curved to ...Read more