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Old 02-04-2013, 11:56 PM
jane jane is offline
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Default Re: breathing difficulties and scoliosis

Hi Chantelle,
my daughter had surgery on a right thoracic curve too - just like Trace's daughter. Her curve caused her very little pain but before she was diagnosed she complained of rib spasms and as a swimmer she complained that she couldn't get a deep breath to do her tumble turns. We had her respiration tested and as a fit swimmer her respiration capacity was compromised. She had a 63 degree curve with significant rib rotation. With surgery in June last year her curve was reduced to 21 degrees and her rib hump angle from 18 down to about 10. Now she can swim 50 m butterfly breathing every 2 and swim 25 m underwater without breathing - something she could do before her spine started to curve but not before the surgery. Like Trace said, get a referral to a scoliosis specialist or a orthopaedic surgeon - they are the ones that have the expertise and understanding to help you. Hope all turns out ok.
Jane
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