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    Default My kyphosis

    Hi I am 19 yo, and here are links to my spine x-rays. Can someone tell me how bad is with my spine, maybe kyphosis angles? I am going to doc 27th of July.
    My back is aching every day.
    Sorry for ma english, and have a good day.

    http://oi59.tinypic.com/3469bo8.jpg

    http://zapodaj.net/images/dffde6d89ed42.jpg

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    Default Re: My kyphosis

    The second image doesn't seem to work unfortunately. I'll have a go at measuring your curve tomorrow (bearing in mind I'm not a professional! The exact vertebrae chosen to measure from can make a very big difference to the measured curve size, so it'll be for interest only!!), but just looking at it there, I'd guess somewhere around 70 degrees. I'll be interested to know what others think.

    I'd hope that your doctor will be able to refer you for physiotherapy for the pain - often kyphosis comes with shortened hamstrings, and inadequate core muscle activation. Getting your core muscles working well for you, and everything that is tight stretched out can make a huge difference to your pain.

    Your english is absolutely fine by the way

    Diagnosed at 15 with 50 curve, but probably juvenile IS. Fused in kyphosis (by non-specialised ortho) with a/p surgery T10-L2 @ 21, posterior only revision surgery to correct kyphosis @ 29. Now 38 with further revision surgery and extension of fusion to sacrum required to correct residual kyphosis, restore lordosis and address spinal stenosis.

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    Default Re: My kyphosis

    wow, 70 degrees is enormous curve, so i cant be surprised thad my back is aching, I think i should have an operation but i have to wait for visit doctor.
    there is second photo http://oi58.tinypic.com/5ujp52.jpg

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    Haven't had any time on my desktop computer, so no attempt to "properly" measure yet. What I did want to say is that while 70 degrees is a large curve for scoliosis, it's not so big for kyphosis - the difference is that you shouldn't have any scoliosis curve there at all, but you should have a kyphosis of up to 45 degrees, so although a 70 degree curve would not be insignificant, it's also not the sort of problem that a scoliosis curve of that size would be.

    Different doctors have different criteria for considering surgery. We've heard of a very few surgeries on kyphosis curves of around 60 degrees, but we've also heard of a lot of doctors who won't consider it until at least 80 degrees, and had members whose doctors have been very uncertain about the necessity of doing it even at 100 degrees or so. I think an important thing to find out when you see the doctor will be whether the curve is flexible.

    Although it looks fairly likely that you have some wedging (where the front of the vertebra is too short, causing the kyphosis), it's certainly not so marked as some cases - and this is a good thing, whether you try to deal with it non-surgically, or whether you have surgery. Basically, it means the curve is less pronounced at the apex, so it may be more amenable to appearing better due to working on your posture (the same things that will hopefully help with pain - increasing core muscle activation, stretching out tight hamstrings and tight pectoral muscles, and working on your rhomboid muscles), but if your doctor does decide you are a surgical candidate and you do decide to go for it, it will also make surgery a bit easier as it should involve a bit less bone work.

    Given it's not a huge curve, then I really think that if pain is your primary issue you'd do well to try the physio route for a while as it's amazing the difference that even simple things can make There are various good books out there on stretching - my husband and I have one by Tony Lycholat that has stretching routines for different issues (kyphosis, lordosis, reduced lordosis), and he's had success with using the routine for increased lordosis. It hasn't stopped him having more than most people, but it has helped with pain
    Diagnosed at 15 with 50 curve, but probably juvenile IS. Fused in kyphosis (by non-specialised ortho) with a/p surgery T10-L2 @ 21, posterior only revision surgery to correct kyphosis @ 29. Now 38 with further revision surgery and extension of fusion to sacrum required to correct residual kyphosis, restore lordosis and address spinal stenosis.

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    Default Re: My kyphosis

    ok, so I am waiting for yours measurements.

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    Ok, I've had a go with an on-screen protractor, and reckon it's probably around 60 degrees. A lot depends on the exact vertebra you measure from, but ~60 seems a fairly reasonable measurement. Just to note again, I'm not a professional so don't take it as gospel
    Diagnosed at 15 with 50 curve, but probably juvenile IS. Fused in kyphosis (by non-specialised ortho) with a/p surgery T10-L2 @ 21, posterior only revision surgery to correct kyphosis @ 29. Now 38 with further revision surgery and extension of fusion to sacrum required to correct residual kyphosis, restore lordosis and address spinal stenosis.

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    Default Re: My kyphosis

    ok, thanks a lot fo yours posts, after my visit to doctor I will write you what he said to me. Have a nice day

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