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Old 09-20-2019, 04:47 AM
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I found out 2 years ago that I have scoliosis after I was having a lot of back problems. I've gone to a lot PT that has helped somewhat but every AM I'm in pain and sometimes in pain the whole day. I'm a very active person so this is hard to take!!

I'm wondering if there is something else I can do for the pain besides surgery or drugs. Unfortunately, my doctor is not helpful at all

Also, I noticed years ago that I was losing height which I know is "normal" when you get older but I have gone from 5'5" to 5'1 and I don't know if I'm going to lose more height!! I've checked my bone density and it's fine.

Since my doctor wasn't doing anything, I started digging into my medical records and found a note on an x-ray in 2006 of scoliosis! So who knows how long I've had this. My biggest concern and question is...is this going to get worse?

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Old 09-20-2019, 05:10 AM
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Iím sorry to hear youíre in pain. It sounds like your doctor really let you down.

This isnít the same situation but Iíll share. My friendís daughter has scoliosis. She will need surgery in a few years. In the meantime:
- she goes to PT 2x/week
- sees an orthopedic doctor and just got a 2nd opinion at a specialized back surgeon

So, I guess Iíd recommend getting a second opinion and consider seeing a specialist.
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:57 AM
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and see if a brace of some kind will let. A friend's granddaughter went that route first (of course she was younger) and she said it helped a lot. Just a thought.
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Old 09-20-2019, 07:24 AM
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I have seen a few reports of treating scoliosis with magnets. I know it is used often with children. Not sure about adults. Might be worth checking into.
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Old 09-20-2019, 07:49 AM
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My niece has scoliosis and is seeing a physical therapist who is trained in the Schroth Method (which is specific for scoliosis). There are no physical therapists trained locally so she travels two hours to see this physical therapist. It is helping (she has said).


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Old 09-20-2019, 09:45 AM
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My understanding is that scoliosis, a curving of the spine, is a condition that you have from birth. For some adolescents, there is a therapy where they wear a brace for a few years. They can also do some surgery involving rods if it's severe. Are you sure the pain is not something else? Bulging disc, a compression fracture or a pulled muscle? Both my sister and I have scoliosis, but it hasn't been painful. I do get back pain from strenuous lifting or overdoing yard work. I'd try to find a more understanding doctor. Hope you get some relief.
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Old 09-20-2019, 07:52 PM
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I went to get an x-ray 2 years ago because of the increasing pain and it was the woman taking the x-ray that told me! She said "did you know you have scoliosis?" Then of course, she realized she shouldn't have said that! I saw the x-ray and it's pretty noticeable. I did go to an orthopedic doctor who recommended a "boot camp" PT for scoliosis which I did but I still have significant pain most days. I'm just very worried that it's going to get worse.

People who are diagnosed when they're young can have a brace to help straighten the spine as they grow but I'm done growing
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:01 PM
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I had never heard of the Schroth Method and it looks very promising!! Thank you! I'm going to check in my area to see if there are any PTs nearby that do this. It looks like it can help people of all ages too.

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