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  1. #1
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    MRI and X-ray Format

    Tomorrow I'm headed to a orthopedic local dr and want to know what type of X-rays that I should get? My plan is to send to the scoliosis specialist?

    Do they need to be burned to a cd or something?

    I just want to get all my ducks in a row.

    Thank you.
    Melisse
    Age: 42: with 42* Lumbar, 32* Thoracic.
    Diagnosed with Adolescent Scoliosis @ 12 y.o. Thoracolumbar curve was around 28*
    Wore Boston Brace 2 -3 yrs

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    If you're seeing a local orthopaedist, it's unlikely that they'll be able to give you the appropriate xrays. You'll need 36" full spine xrays with femurs.
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  3. #3
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    Well I will be requesting it if they can do that size. It's a ortho clinic right next to a main hospital in Baton Rouge. Thanks for the information.
    Melisse
    Age: 42: with 42* Lumbar, 32* Thoracic.
    Diagnosed with Adolescent Scoliosis @ 12 y.o. Thoracolumbar curve was around 28*
    Wore Boston Brace 2 -3 yrs

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    Melissa,

    How was your appointment today?
    Decompression surgery L4/L5
    April 3, 2015
    Twin Cities Spine Center - Dr. Joseph Perra
    Fused from T11 - Sacrum anterior/posterior
    June 24, 2016 - 55 years old at surgery
    Twin Cities Spine Center - Dr. Joseph Perra
    Before Surgery: 42 degrees lumbar, 28 degrees thoracic
    After Surgery: 10 degrees lumbar, ?? Thoracic
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  5. #5
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    Hi Kathy,

    My appt with this new orthopedic was good. He was really fast with me but did all the muscle strengthening test by hand and my reflexes which I'm sure I passed them all. It's frustrating because I know my leg muscle is weaker where I'm having all the pain travel from lower back.

    He took new xrays and said I did not have a thiracic curve but mainly a lumbar curve or thoracplumberthoracolumbar curve that measured 41. Thankfully he scheduled an MRI but I'm waiting on insurance approval so I hope they approve.

    He was not worried one bit about me having an atypucal lumbar curve because he said if there were anything to worry about those come from the left thiracic curve and that my curve looked clearly idiopathic and that I probably got the curve at 12 years old which I told him yes on.

    He did not really speculate one way or another his treatment plan but my GP dr. Told me he went to Harvard and did a fellowship in Boston. I really don't know how many scoliosis surgeries he's done but as time goes on at my next appt I will ask. I think a lot will depend on this MRI before he communicates more.

    Thanks for asking, I hope all is going ok for your recovery so far. How are you doing this many months into it? I believe your curve degree looks close to mine. When I get home from work tonight I will post my new X-ray picture.
    Melisse
    Age: 42: with 42* Lumbar, 32* Thoracic.
    Diagnosed with Adolescent Scoliosis @ 12 y.o. Thoracolumbar curve was around 28*
    Wore Boston Brace 2 -3 yrs

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    Hi,it sounds like a good appointment. My curve was also lumbar. It was at a 50 degree though. It was actually restricting the L3 level. While I have had problems, the correction of the lumbar was very helpful. This sounds like a positive appointment for you.
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