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23 Jan 2006

teenager wreastling,football and scolioses can he, long term out come.
I have a 16yr.old son loves ffotball, wrestling. he flipped a noter boy last year during a meet and hurt his back went to the doctor , was told that he has scolioses lower part of his back. We are waiting to see a back speacilist. But in the maen time he has missed all of football and now wrestling has started. We are wondindering if he can participate , and if so what might be the l lonng term outcome of his back. We don't know what to do.Our home town bone doctor said that by the time he is 17 the scolioses will be all done devolping and he can do sports. But that dse not help us now. Can he or will it damage his back for life.? please help us . It is taking a big part of our heart to tell our son no sports wait for a doctor app. That might take awhile . We are fighting with the insurance co. Thankyou please need help soon, He wants to wrestl in the state finals Thankyou Cosmoto of Newport, Oregon
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Cosmto from Oregon.

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Scoliosis is the curvature of the spine or backbone into an S shape rather than straight up and down. Often it is discovered incidentally and not noticed by people for years! It can be for no particular found reason or there can be causes as varied as differing leg lengths and abnormal vertebrae.

Scoliosis is differentiated into various kinds by the degree of curvature, and treated accordingly. If there is minimal curvature(<20 degrees), without any obvious cause and without pain then there is probably no reason not to do sport. Observation is the mainstay of treatment here.

As curvature increases, bracing is recommended.

If extremely curved (>40) degrees then often surgery is recommended.

If the cause of your son's scoliosis was from injury and/or if there is pain it would be better to await the back surgeon's opinion. Your first doctor believes your son's condititon needs a visit to a back specialist so I would suggest it before going back to the more physical sports. In the meantime he can always keep fit with swimming and cycling.

Good luck
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