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    Left or Right handed

    I recently heard something about someone with Scoliosis and if they are left or right handed regarding their curves.

    If you are right handed then you should try to use you left hand more to strength the muscles around the shoulder. And it could help the muscles and curve.

    Well curious if anyone has heard such a thing.
    Adrienne
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    2002 Rod Removal 58;49 degrees
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    Rocky Mtn. Spine Center

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    I am right handed and my curve went to the right. My sister is left handed and her curve went to the left. Coincidence?

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    I write with the left hand but can do just about everything else with both: paint, throw a ball etc.
    I had a minor upper 30 deg cervical curve to the left, a major thoracic 80 deg to the right and a minor 40 lumbar compensatory to the left.

    Go figure. I personally believe it's genetics-not anything we do with our arms.
    Original scoliosis surgery 1956 T-4 to L-2 ~100 degree thoracic (triple)curves at age 14. NO hardware-lost correction.
    Anterior/posterior revision T-4 to Sacrum in 2002, age 60, by Dr. Boachie-Adjei @Hospital for Special Surgery, NY = 50% correction

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    Karen and Nancy,

    Thank you for your responses. Kinda interesting because I know it couldn't stop the scoliosis growth but it may of been able to make a difference if we were aware of our body. Like muscles and breathing.

    I know there are many different types of exercises out there and just as much controversy over them and their effectiveness. But getting in shape and understanding your body is always a good thing.

    Any others with thoughts??
    Adrienne
    1991 T4 - T12 Fusion
    1993 Rod Removal
    1999 T4-L4 Fusion (7 rib thoracoplasty)
    2002 Rod Removal 58;49 degrees
    Denver, CO; Dr. John Odom
    Rocky Mtn. Spine Center

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    My dd has a left thoracic curve (little compensatory curve) and is right-handed.

    Sorry if I threw off your theory.

    Of course, my children never were considered "normal."

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    My curve is to the left but I am right handed. But when my generation were children, we were taught to use our right hand if we showed tendencies to use our left.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
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    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    My daughter started off left handed (until she broke her left collar bone) and now she is right handed. I write with both hands and both of our curves are to the right.
    T12- L5 fusion 1975 - Rochester, NY
    2002 removal of bottom of rod and extra fusion
    3/1/11 C5-C6 disc replacement
    Daughter - T7 - L3 fusion 2004

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    I love hearing your responses!!

    Thank you everyone because then that let's me know that everything doesn't fit into a mold. Sometimes similarities but nothing exact.

    Kind of good because then I think that my parents and I did our best with what we knew at the time and thankful for my blessings and wouldn't change a thing about my scoliosis.

    I know I have those days, could of, should of......

    But can't think that way.
    Adrienne
    1991 T4 - T12 Fusion
    1993 Rod Removal
    1999 T4-L4 Fusion (7 rib thoracoplasty)
    2002 Rod Removal 58;49 degrees
    Denver, CO; Dr. John Odom
    Rocky Mtn. Spine Center

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    handedness and curve side

    hope this helps

    a paper that I read recently said the following.

    "(77.5%) showed the standard
    combination of right handedness and right thoracic
    scoliosis, left-handed girls (10.25% of the total) had a
    random 5050% distribution of curve lateralization,
    and a small group (12.25%) were right handed with left
    thoracic patterns."

    it is currently believed that organs in the chest is responsible for which side the curve bends to.
    A practitioner seeking answers to enhance the treatment of Idiopathic Scoliosis

    Blog: www.fixscoliosis.com/

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    fixscoliosis,

    Wow I found your blog very interesting! But sure answers my question I had. It is interesting that I am almost 33 and really never thought to go in depth of why I had Scoliosis or how it became??

    The Dr's always said it was because when my mother delivered me she didn't have a normal delivery but there was undue stress on me. She hemorrhaged real bad and was hospitalized for a week. I never found anyone else that had Scoliosis til about 8 months ago and it struck me like WOW and then my recent issues of my own back getting worse and I wanted answers!!

    I have learned so much. Different views and much more.....
    Adrienne
    1991 T4 - T12 Fusion
    1993 Rod Removal
    1999 T4-L4 Fusion (7 rib thoracoplasty)
    2002 Rod Removal 58;49 degrees
    Denver, CO; Dr. John Odom
    Rocky Mtn. Spine Center

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    right-handed, left major thoracic curve

    i like to go against the flow i guess
    30 something y.o.

    2003 - T45, L???
    2005 - T50, L31
    bunch of measurements between...

    2011 - T60, L32
    2013 - T68, L?

    Posterior Fusion Sept 2014 -- T3 - L3
    Post - op curve ~35



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    Green m&m,

    That's funny!! Hey it's great to go against the flow!!
    Adrienne
    1991 T4 - T12 Fusion
    1993 Rod Removal
    1999 T4-L4 Fusion (7 rib thoracoplasty)
    2002 Rod Removal 58;49 degrees
    Denver, CO; Dr. John Odom
    Rocky Mtn. Spine Center

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