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Leg Fracture, nail in leg, leg became shorter after surgery, spine deformations. Connection between walking with shorter leg and spine deformation?

Dear Drs, 5 yrs back , my sister who is suffering from weak bones disease was exposed to a frature in her right leg. There was a nail in the leg. The doctor admitted her for operation and nail correction. After a couple of weeks of the surgery , we noticed that the right leg became shorter and with time the right leg became shorter by 5 cm. During the same period we have noticed a deformation in her spine till it reached 100 degree. My question is what went worng and led to stoppage in the growth of the leg and is there any connection between walking with shorter leg and spine deformation . Thanks
Asked On : Sat, 2 Jun 2012
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Because of shortening of leg, there has been compensatory bending of spine sideway(scoliosis).this scoliosis is secondary and can be corrected with proper restoration of height of leg wearing high platform shoe, wearing of spinal(scoliosis Brace) and spinal exercises under supervision of a seasoned physiotherapist in a hospital. Stunting of long bone may be due to leg nail injuring the growth plate at upper end of tibia
Ilizorov technique has been used for leg lengthening and 5cms increase is possible by this tecknique. So consult ortho specialist who is using ilizorov technique for increasing length of limb
so you have both conservative and operative choice,conservative approach is supportive whereas surgical one is restorative.It depends how much one can follow and afford
Answered: Sat, 23 Mar 2013
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