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Old 05-12-2011, 08:02 PM
Zanne Zanne is offline
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HI everyone,
I am new

I got injured and thought my scoliosis was due to my injury. Later learned that no one realy knows why I have it. I initialy had it in my Thorasic and lumbar areas but after physio, it was only in the lumbar area and very slight. I have always had back pain and kinda just got used to it.

Lately the pain has been really bad and I went to see a Chiro who took x-rays. Accordng to her the scoliosis is back in the Thorasic area and to me it looks way worse in the lumbar area. I also have phase one degeneration in my neck, vertebra that constantly subluxate and so many trigger points it takes me an hour to self massage my neck and shoulder and I still don't get them all out.

I have been going x2 a week to the Chiro and 1x a week for remedial massage. I am better for a day or 2 then it is all back.

HOnestly I am super sick of it...I dont seem to get better! I am a SPort Scientist and any kind of exercise just makes my muscles knot up and very painfull. I gained weight a few years back after a car accident and having a desk job and more after I have lost about 20kg but the rest seems stuck!

I need help, I am new in AUstralia too! My curves are not that bad but the pain is. And I am scared, I am 34 what will happen when I am older?

Ok, sorry had to one seems to get it
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:59 PM
Christine Christine is offline
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You would be better advised by seeing a scoliosis specialist. A chiropractor is not who you should be seeing if you have true scoliosis. Massage and visits to the chiropractor will just have you saying goodbye to your money. Believe me, I tried it all! Find yourself a real specialist.

There is a listing of specialists on this site, so find one near where you live, even if you have to travel, it is worth it. Or post a message on the forum to let everyone know where you live, and other forum members near you can send you a private message with the name of a specialist.

Get all of the details, then make an appointment to see your regular GP and ask that he writes you a referral, which you need to see a specialist. Most GP's are very happy to forward you to a specialist.

Having scoliosis can be very hard and frustrating, but there are many specialists who will help you, if you need it.

All the best with your search,
Christine x
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:56 PM
Zanne Zanne is offline
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THank you Christine. I am not sure if my Scoliosis is true Scoliosis. I have hectically stiff muscles and triggerpoints, I am suspecting they maybe pulling my spine out or something. I see on the site there is a Scoliosis clinic near me, would that be my first stop or a spinal specialist?

I am so uneducated when it comes to this. I was told as a child a whole variety of things and decided to just ignore my back and get on with life, as I am getting older I realise it just does not work like that and the pain is becomming a real pain in the ________
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:36 PM
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Hi Zanne,

I agree with Christine. You need a scoliosis surgeon to evaluate you. I am unsure whether a scoliosis surgeon would be at a "scoliosis clinic" but your doctor can refer you to one. He/she will do a bunch of x-rays, and give you all the information you need. When it comes to your spine, go straight to the top. We've all tried chiros, pt etc. and though some patients get a temporary improvement in pain, there's little anyone other than a scoliosis surgeon can do to help on a permanent basis. Even if you don't need surgery, it will be helpful in the future if you have a series of x-rays taken over the years to guide a surgeon in the long term. Best of luck!
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