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Thread: Curve location and degrees

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Oklahoma City, OK

    Question Curve location and degrees

    It seems to me, just from a preliminary search, when there is more than one curve, the larger curve tends to be above the smaller curve. Mine is the opposite with thoracolumbar being greater than thoracic. I'd love to take a poll of curve angles/location to discover just how abnormal I really am. Well, as far as my curves go. Otherwise there is no measuring just how ABNORMAL I really am. Thanks for the input!
    Becky, 46 years old
    Diagnosed at 13 with mild scoliosis
    Ignored until 448/07
    Left thoracic 49* T5-T11
    Right thorocolumbar 60* T11-L4
    Surgery Monday, June 9, 2008 Oklahoma Spine Hospital
    Fused T-10 to L-5
    14 titanium pedicle screws
    Corrected to approx. 10* YEA!!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    bucks county PA
    I have
    60* thoracic T5-T12 apex to right
    60* lumbar T12-L4 apex to left
    5cm leftward trunk shift
    So I'm pretty even as far as curves.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    I had a lumbar curve (to the right, when looking at my back.) of 49* and had rotation above it, not another curve. That rotation gave me a rib hump. Hump is gone and my curve is now 8*.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Nampa, Idaho
    Before my surgery, I had a lumbar curve of 52 degrees and a thoracic curve of 25 degrees, so I think I was in the same situation as you are as far as it goes to where the larger curve is... .

    Take Care!!

    16 years old
    Had spinal fusion surgery on Jan. 30th, 2008 with Dr. Howard King at St. Luke's Children's Hospital in Boise
    Pre surgery: 52 Lumbar curve and 25 Thoracic curve

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Seattle, WA
    My son had a bigger lumbar than thoracic curve and his was caused by a hemivertebra in his thoracic spine.

    Mother of Alexander & Zachary:
    Alex is 16 years old and in the 11th grade. He has congenital scoliosis due to a hemivertebrae at T10. Wore a TLSO brace for 3 1/2 years. Pre-op curves were T45 & L65; curves post-op are approx. T31 & L34. Had a posterior spinal fusion from T8 to L3 on 7/12/07 at age 12. Doing great now in so many ways, but still working on improving posture.
    Zach is 13 years old and very energetic.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    near Philadelphia
    My main curve was thorocolumbar (in my midsection) -- 70 degrees. My compensatory curves were thoracic: 29 deg; lumbar: 40 deg.
    A/P fusion on June 19, 2007 at age 52; T10-L5
    Pre-op thoracolumbar curve: 70 degrees
    Post-op curve: 12 degrees
    Dr. Boachie-adjei, HSS, New York

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    I have a strange curve (you can check out my x-ray in my signature). My doctor has only ever measured my thoracic curve at 50 degrees because he considers the lumbar a compensatory curve. Even though my lumbar curve looks huge, it's probably around 30 degrees. I'll find out when I get a second opinion in 11 days.
    Chemist, 30

    1998- 18 degrees
    2003- 33 degrees
    2005- 37 degrees
    2006- 44 degrees
    May 2007- 47 degrees
    December 2007 - 50 degrees X-ray

    Surgery May 27, 2008
    Fused T1 to L2
    Curve corrected to 15 degrees X-ray

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    I have 3 curves. The only compensatory curve measurements I know are from my first ever x-rays-- a little less than 3 years ago... since then, only my major curve has been measured-- and this one is from shortly before my surgery last spring:

    T1-T7 = 28
    T8-L2 = 52
    L3-sacrum = 26

    I also had a lateral listhesis between L2 and L3... and degenerative disc disease in the lumbars, and a +3 rotation.
    67 and plugging along...
    2007 52 w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shift)
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

    Corrected to 15
    CMT (type 2) DX in 2014, progressing
    NEW 10/2018 x-rays show spondylolisthesis at L4/L5 - Dr. DeWald is monitoring

    Click to view my pics: pics of scoli x-rays digital x-rays, and pics of me

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