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Why Is Smoking Bad For 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
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
I've 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
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
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?
Not bad: Alot depend on the surgeopn and the amount of correction he can do as well as the location of the curvature. I have had multiple patient that had this surgey and all do well with less post-operative problem than back surgery for other problems. ...Read more
Probably not: Hi, more info would be helpful such as severity or degree of scoliosis, how many push-ups you are doing, & if you are new to push-ups. If the back pain is minor & transient, then probably not a problem. But if you have been doing push-ups for a while and the BP is new, it would be a good idea to check it out with your doc. If the pain is debilitating or severe, you should see your doc. Take care ...Read more
I had rods put in for scoliosis last year. Sensation never returned and now my incision site is hurting real bad what is wrong?
Sorry to hear: From what you're saying, it probably means it's time to followup with your spinal surgeon. Although we can list out a list of possible reasons, it's best to get a full evaluation after a major procedure like that. Best of luck. ...Read more
Is there a way to tell on your own if your scoliosis is getting worse or staying the same? Can we prevent it from getting worse? Pain=bad? Eats great.
Odd statement: It is not clear if you are asking about yourself or someone else. The changes in scoliosis is influenced by age, which you don't give. Change is monitored by exam and x-rays if needed. There is no self directed method to replace these reproducible methods. Significant changes can go unnoticed by most untrained and some trained personnel. ...Read more
Is breaststroke swim technique bad for your scoliosis? Why is that? And if it is bad which swim technique will you recommend to help treat scoliosis? Thank you
Not particularly: No particular exercise has been proven to help or hurt structural curves. Exercise is however healthy and can be helpful to decrease pain ...Read more
Varies: In general, curvatures over 45-50 degrees do tend to steadily progress and can potentially cause cardiac and pulmonary problems and also an enlarging "rib hump" where curves less than 45 degrees are much less likely to progress or cause problems. Don't hesitate to see a specialist to discuss the specifics of your case. ...Read more
Scoliometer: The degrees are measuredoff standin full length xrays not the scoliometer level thingy is for screening purposes to help with you need a xray treatment descions ar made offcobb measurements on standing xray 10 degrees is not severe but needs a xray to make treatment decsions. ...Read more
Hello. I have scoliosis what can I do such exercices to avoid pain. This scoliosis is not bad but just for few degree?
No: You are only limited by discomfort. Riding itself won't change or effect anything in most cases. ...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
My girlfriend has scoliosis & has had very bad lwr bkpain the past 2 days. But today she woke up and had a lg amt of blood in her urine. Thoughts?
I have 2 bulgin disc a scoliosis. The doc said I can't have the injections for pain cause of how bad my back is, i really don't no what to do. Help!
Muscle conditioning: Steroid injections would not help — unless you have nerve inflammation/compression. Most important for scoliosis in a young patient is to maintain your para-spinal muscle health and strength. Isometric — push and hold — exercises (swimming, stationary bike, yoga, rowing machine) and weight control are important. ...Read more
Fused not flexible: The reason for scoliosis surgery is to correct the deformity and/or prevent any worsening. To do this, a fusion is done which essentially stops any motion through those fused areas. However, flexibility in terms of bending can be maintained by keeping your leg and hip muscles flexible ...Read more
Depends: Scoliosis treatment depends on the severity of the curve, as determined by clinical examination and scoliosis XR. Minor curves are followed to skeletal maturity while more severe curves are treated with bracing or surgery. The shoulder pain may it not be related. The boy should be evaluated by a children's scoliosis specialist ...Read more
I have scoliosis stetching down from T6 to S4. It has been measured at 21°. Is running bad for my back?
No: So a 21 degree curve In an adult will usually not progress and does not usually cause any problems. You can continue all activities as tolerated and do not need to do anything differently than you would if you did not have it. ...Read more
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