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    I had a 5 pound limit, but only for a few months...

    I had a 5 pound limit, but only for a few months I think. With newer implants, it actually takes a significant amount of pull to cause any issues. I think everything is relative now. A little...
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    Did they ever do a bending xray? That's the way...

    Did they ever do a bending xray? That's the way to determine if a curve is structural.

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    Nope, not kidding. My wound was examined closely...

    Nope, not kidding. My wound was examined closely and seemed to be sealed. Since I didn't have any wound complications, it seems to have been fine in my case.

    When I swam, I mostly did a calm...
  4. Hi... I think that's a good strategy. It...

    Hi...

    I think that's a good strategy. It sounds like your surgeon knows what they're doing.

    Since your pain is bad, I think surgery is probably a foregone conclusion. It's unfortunate that...
  5. Sharon... It's thought that most or all...

    Sharon...

    It's thought that most or all tethers will eventually break. If that's the case, it may not make a difference for adolescents and young teens, as the goal is really just to keep the...
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    Once your surgeon approves it, you should be able...

    Once your surgeon approves it, you should be able to do just about anything, as long as it doesn't cause pain. We had a patient at UCSF who was snow skiing 8 weeks after surgery. Swimming and...
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    Yes, soft tissue includes muscle. If a hip is...

    Yes, soft tissue includes muscle.

    If a hip is high, it can be because of a spine curvature, leg length discrepancy, or because your musculature is protecting a painful area. If you stretch and...
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    It's unlikely that PT actually changed your...

    It's unlikely that PT actually changed your scoliosis curve(s). What most likely happened is that your pain was causing you to carry the soft tissue of your hips unevenly. PT exercises can (and...
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    As far as I know, there's no way to archive...

    As far as I know, there's no way to archive messages. When my mailbox is full, I delete both my Sent and Received messages.
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    I'm a strong believer in PT for pain control,...

    I'm a strong believer in PT for pain control, especially in terms of core strengthening to reduce or eliminate low back pain.

    --Linda
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    More and more surgeons have stopped prescribing...

    More and more surgeons have stopped prescribing postop braces. At one time, I think just about everyone with a long fusion wore postop braces. I got a soft brace after my last fusions, but was told...
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    I've always wondered why some surgeons recommend...

    I've always wondered why some surgeons recommend against the treadmill. To me, it seems a lot safer, as long as there are arms on which to hold. While I think that getting outside and experiencing...
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    I'm guessing that your brace is not fitted...

    I'm guessing that your brace is not fitted properly.
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    I didn't wear a brace after my last surgeries. ...

    I didn't wear a brace after my last surgeries. After my first surgeries, I wore the brace underneath baggy tops because I didn't want people staring.
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    I wasn't trying to infer that you are stupid. I...

    I wasn't trying to infer that you are stupid. I assumed that everyone knew how to wash their hair in the shower, but I learn something new most days, so this is what I would do:

    * either stand...
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    That's because the proper medical diagnosis is...

    That's because the proper medical diagnosis is actually radiculopathy for both conditions.
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    Tina... You should check with your surgeon's...

    Tina...

    You should check with your surgeon's office. Most restrictions for adults are usually dropped somewhere in the first 6-12 months.

    --Linda
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    Hi... Are you in Canada? If so, what...

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    Are you in Canada? If so, what territory?

    --Linda
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    Hi... As far as I know, there are no deformity...

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    As far as I know, there are no deformity surgeons who participate in this forum, so it's unlikely that you'll get any answers that help you decide what's best in your son's situation. ...
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    You're the only one who knows how much pain you...

    You're the only one who knows how much pain you have and who can therefore make the decision to have surgery. I always tell people to think of whether they can live with their current...
  21. I've also known many teens who had excellent in...

    I've also known many teens who had excellent in brace correction, and who after maturity, had their curves return.
  22. I think that's totally untrue with adults (and...

    I think that's totally untrue with adults (and probably with most teens). Ask anyone who has had a broken rod prior to full fusion. Their curves usually return, especially if the implants are...
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    Not that I've read.

    Not that I've read.
  24. As concerneddad says, discectomies do not require...

    As concerneddad says, discectomies do not require fusion. However, it makes no sense to me, to do a discectomy without fusion and implants in a mature adult. Movement (which is a given in...
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    Hi Billy... As far as I know, there has never...

    Hi Billy...

    As far as I know, there has never been such a study. It's really difficult to do long-term studies, especially when they involve closely tracking things like exercise programs.

    I'm...
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