Orthopaedics Q&A: When is scoliosis surgery required?

Orthopaedics expert, Dr VV Prasad answers readers’ questions on bone health. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Monday.
This week’s answers:

1. Hello doc, while playing football my brother hurt his left foot. We took an x-ray but there is only tendon tear. The doc has asked us to use crepe bandage for 3 weeks and then see. He says tendon repair is more difficult than fracture. Why is this so? Is it a must to wear the bandage for so long?
I think it should be a ligament injury and not a tendon tear. Yes ligament injuries take a long time to heal than the fracture. Usually you are advised to wear the crepe bandage for 6 to 8 weeks. But strict rest is important.

2. My mother is 62 and has scoliosis. She gets shoulder and rib pain at times. Can u please suggest some therapy?
It depends on the level of scoliosis. If it is beyond acceptable degrees then she might require surgery or else she will do well with braces. Please see your orthopedic consultant and decide.

3. My name is hari from hadapsar. Last year I had accident, right hand fracture which healed after 4 weeks plaster. But my hand starts paining at times. I’m 42 and have got starting blood sugar problem. Is the bone not healing due to diabetes?
Usually diabetes does not affect fracture healing directly. That too 1 yr old fracture should not cause any problem. Better you consult an orthopedic surgeon with a new x-ray.

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