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Julianne
17-10-2011, 10:09 PM
I have a slight curve in my spine as was diagnosed Scoliosis by my GP. I'm not sure of the curve degree as I have never been to a spinal specialist.
I was only diagnosed in my 20's and now in my 30's my lower back is really starting to hurt..I have read that bracing helps or is that only in young adults and children.

Is there anything you could recommend to relieve the pain, I'm taking painkillers

Thanks
Julianne

Dr Scoliosis
21-10-2011, 07:37 PM
Thank you for your enquiry.

The use of a brace in the management of scoliosis, and most often what is called adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (http://www.scoliosis-australia.org/scoliosis/about_scoliosis.html), is to control a curve in the active growth phase. A brace never "cures" a curvature but is effective in keeping it within an acceptable range during the rapid growth phase. There is no place for conventional bracing once skeletal maturity has been reached.

From what you have said it would be prudent for you to see a spinal specialist if your symptoms are intruding into your everyday life to the extent that you are taking pain medication. There is a list of accredited spinal specialists (http://www.scoliosis-australia.org/scoliosis/scoliosis_specialists.html) on our website.

I trust this information is helpful.

Dr Scoliosis

Julianne
21-10-2011, 09:16 PM
Thanks so much, I'll make an appointment with a spinal specialist asap
Thanks for your advice :)