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I have scoliosis; can I exercise or will that make it worse?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
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In brief: Yes

Scoliosis involves the boney structure of the spine.
Exercise will allow the muscles that attach to the spine to be flexible and strong. Any exercise that causes pain in the back should not be repeated. Activities that increase the core muscle strength will increase the stability of the back despite the scoliosis.

In brief: Yes

Scoliosis involves the boney structure of the spine.
Exercise will allow the muscles that attach to the spine to be flexible and strong. Any exercise that causes pain in the back should not be repeated. Activities that increase the core muscle strength will increase the stability of the back despite the scoliosis.
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Eulogio Galvez
General Practice

In brief: Yes

Yes or no. It depends whether your scoliosis is mild and asymptomatic.
If scoliosis is severe and you have symptoms of pain or numbness in you lower extremities, etc then you should not be doing any strenous exercises and have complete evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon. The first thing he will do is get an x-ray of your back (vertebrae). Then you can safely ask if you can do some mild exercises.

In brief: Yes

Yes or no. It depends whether your scoliosis is mild and asymptomatic.
If scoliosis is severe and you have symptoms of pain or numbness in you lower extremities, etc then you should not be doing any strenous exercises and have complete evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon. The first thing he will do is get an x-ray of your back (vertebrae). Then you can safely ask if you can do some mild exercises.
Dr. Eulogio Galvez
Dr. Eulogio Galvez
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Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management

In brief: Yes

Exercise will help strengthen the muscles the support your spine.
Doing an exercise program design by a physical therapist will ensure proper body mechanics and technique to prevent injuries.

In brief: Yes

Exercise will help strengthen the muscles the support your spine.
Doing an exercise program design by a physical therapist will ensure proper body mechanics and technique to prevent injuries.
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
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