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    Are people who've had polio in the past more subseptible to scoliosis? I know people with cp are.

    Very curious as I know someone who had polio when they were 2 and I swear they sit with their stomach more over shifted to one side. They just sit, ODD when looking at them from the front & had a limp yet can't really tell if there's a curve as I'm used to looking for something more obvious like mine.

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    There have been hints off and on that I might have had polio when I was very young but there is no concensus opinion. We think I had the early polio vaccine shots with the rest of my siblings. However I do have one leg that is larger but weaker than the other leg so some have hinted that I still might have gotten polio and then gotten scoliosis. Sometimes I wonder if they will ever know which came first. Its the old egg and chicken thing I guess. Ain't it amazing? We can wonder all we want and some things are just not going to be answered.
    I am 61 years old and the resident SSO fossil. I live in Oklahoma,USA with my husband Allen. We have one daughter Jae and she has three kids.Our grandkids are: Aidan is8. He's the one pictured in my current avatar. Jenna Jean is 7 and Ryan Allen is just 4 It's full time chaos here! I was diagnosed in 1965 at 14 years with Kyphoscoliosis and 2 curves measuring 68 and 63 degrees. My last measurements were in 2004 at 155, 88 and 55+ degrees. I have never had surgery or bracing so I now am on full time oxygen and use a Non Invasive Ventilator at night. at night.

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    You are correct Sarah, scoliosis has blighted the lives of many polio patients.With the muscular weakness scoliosis can easily occur and if the respiratory muscles are compromised it can cause even more serious effects.
    Your comment interests me Jean about one leg being weaker than the other.My primary curve is to the left and I have a thinner and weaker left leg and same with my left arm and some slight facial asymmetry.
    I think it's not unusual for scoliosis patients to have these characteristics.
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    My larger curve was to the left, despite me being left-handed, curiously, so sorry I don't fit in. Is there a possibility that limb asymmetry is somehow caused by pressure on nerve roots on the side of the larger curve? Could that affect leg growth and tone?

    http://milwaukee.brace.nu/Polio.html information about bracing for polio. I think scoliosis was one of the many deformities polio patients were routinely braced for, thus making scoliosis contribute one brace to their battery all over their body, and possibly they would undergo scoliosis surgery later.

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    I believe the complexities of scoliosis were actually a good deal of the reason that Paul Harrington went on to design and perfect the Harrington rod - I'll have to look out some information on this and get back to you.
    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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    A man I've met while attending rabbit and guinea pig shows had polio as a child... His arms are very much affected by it, appearing withered and twisted, and he also has pretty severe scoliosis...

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    Originally posted by Jonny@Sep 30 2004, 04:16 PM
    Is there a possibility that limb asymmetry is somehow caused by pressure on nerve roots on the side of the larger curve? Could that affect leg growth and tone?
    My left arm is more developed (muscle tone) than my right, but I've attributed it to the fact that I have limited mobility in my right arm, so many things involving strength and reaching are done left-handed. While I'm right-handed for fine motor control (using scissors, writing, etc.), I'm left-handed for things like batting (baseball/softball) and I throw left-handed. Plus, anytime I reach for something overhead, I reach with my left arm because I can't raise my right arm above horizontal. Naturally, this promoted muscle development in my left arm... or, rather, restricted muscle development in my right arm.
    congenital scoliosis, thoracic fusion without instrumentation in 1974 (age 11mos), re-operated in 1975 (age 17mo.s) ~ lung volume 25-30%

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    My left arm is incredibly weak, and my osteopath recently told me that the muscles in my left shoulder are unusually short. This hasn't caused a problem up until now......but with my first driving lesson, I found that I couldn't operate the handbrake fully (we have right hand drive here in the UK remember). I'm going to try to exercise to see if I can sort it out, but I am rather worried about it.
    37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.

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    My oldest uncle had polio as a child. His legs are still paralysed (he's in a wheelchair) and he has a huge scoliosis! The last polio epidemic in Belgium was in 1956...

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