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Diagnosed with scoliosis. What treatment and precaution is to be taken?

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Dr. Krishna Kumar

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Hello, My 14 year old daughter has been diagnosed with scoliosis, probable double major 49 degree thoracic and 44 degree left-sided thoracolumbar curve. She is only under observation at the moment. My concern is that is could get worse over the next 6 months before next x-rays are taken. Because of the double major would a brace be out of the question as a possible prevention and what exercise is best to avoid pain. Thank you
Mon, 28 Jan 2013 in Osteoporosis
 
 
Answered by Dr. Krishna Kumar 5 hours later
Hello
Thanks for sharing your concern with us
As your daughter is 14years; I assume that she has attained menarche; If that is the case, then chances of an increase in the scoliotic curve in 6 months would be quite low i.e 1-2degrees.But again it is a general statement and each curve would behave differently based on the remaining growth potential of the child.
As she has a double curve, I believe she would look balanced; i.e shoulder and pelvis almost leveled.
as far as the brace is concerned, as the curve has already reached 49 degrees I would not recommend it.
Also, no exercises would help in curve correction or prevention of curve progression.
Let me know if you have more concerns
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Can you answer the part of my first question around what exercise is best to avoid pain. Thank you. Also confirm that i will not be charged for this follow-up as it was part of the orginal question
 
 
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Flexion and extension type exercises learnt under the able guidance of a competent physiotherapist can be helpful in treating such pain.

There are no additional charges for posting your follow-up.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you need further clarifications.

Thank you
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