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Doodles
02-20-2010, 09:30 PM
I know I've mentioned this before but found a bit of new info in doing a search here. I still have a tilt to the left--trunk shift, I think it is called. I saw that term and searched it and found several mention that younger ones had used a brace to help it and it seemed to.
My doctor at 3 months and a surgeon here who saw me both thought that it was unavoidable and that was as good as I was going to get with all the rotation I had. No one seemed to think it would improve. It probably isn't worse but certainly no better. Some days it looks worse than others for some reason. I tried the lift but found it gave me pain in the left buttock.
I know I'm way better than I had been but it still just bugs me to pieces every time I look in the mirror. Before the bad stuff was in the back and I couldn't see it! Just curious if there's any older adult who has the trunk shift and may have tried a brace. I know it's probably way too late at this point at almost 11 months. Thanks for any info. Janet

RitaR
02-20-2010, 09:35 PM
I'm with ya Janet. Looks weird in the mirror when I see the belly button off to one side. ugh! I hate to hear that this is not any better for you even after your surgery. sorry about that for you. But, I know exactly wht you're talking about. Weird how that happens. Have to wonder what happens inside when it looks like this on the outside.

Pooka1
02-20-2010, 09:42 PM
I don't understand how a person fused T2 to the pelvis can have a trunk shift. I thought they were due to bending at the point where the fusion ends when the fusion did not go down far enough.

It sounds like to have a trunk shift with your fusion, there is something pulling your hips to be uneven. Maybe that is some major keelage(?) through your entire trunk or maybe is to some slight uneveness in weighting or your feet? Who knows.

Good luck.

briarrose
02-20-2010, 09:50 PM
Hi Janet,

I had a significant trunk shift to the right before my surgery (can be seen in my x-ray below). This was thankfully corrected, but I now have a slight shift to the left. It's not very noticeable, but it does bother me. I'll be 2 years post op in May. I know some people say that the shift will often correct itself, but this was not the case for me.

Shell

gmw
02-21-2010, 06:41 AM
I have a trunk shift to the right. Am hoping surgery will correct it. If I wear jackets, it's not noticeable except for the length of my pants. My surgeon indicated that I would not be braced, but I didn't ask about correction of the trunk shift. I'm learning here about a lot of things I never would have thought about on my own. Keep us posted on how it goes for you.

LindaRacine
02-21-2010, 11:07 AM
I don't understand how a person fused T2 to the pelvis can have a trunk shift. I thought they were due to bending at the point where the fusion ends when the fusion did not go down far enough.

It sounds like to have a trunk shift with your fusion, there is something pulling your hips to be uneven. Maybe that is some major keelage(?) through your entire trunk or maybe is to some slight uneveness in weighting or your feet? Who knows.

Good luck.
Nope, one can be fused off balance. Actually, it appears to me that getting the proper balance in some patients is a real art. Remember that this is a multi-dimensional issue. For example, if one has a high shoulder, and the curve is fixed coronally, the derotation may even out the shoulders, but the patient could be left with a significant deformity in the sagittal plane.

--Linda

Pooka1
02-21-2010, 11:15 AM
Oh I absolutely agree this is extremely complex and requires not just extreme technical skill but also a very good, experienced artistic, eye. Actually, some of these corrections completely blow my mind... I would not have guessed surgery could be that good.

sccrm08
02-21-2010, 11:31 PM
I also had a bad shift to the right prior to surgery and now it is slightly to the left. I am the only one who even notices but if you look at my x ray I cant see it. Very strange.