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Old 30-11-2010, 07:38 PM
Rowie Rowie is offline
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hello,
im 22 year old male. i have just been told after several x-rays, that i hav mild scoliosis of my whole spine. and whilst i stress it is only mild, it has manifested in me experiencing pain in the shoulders and lower back, especially now with my new found love of weight lifting. it has culminated in me developing a sway back.
now i dont wish to waste anyones time with this thread, because i stress it is not of a severe nature and i know that there are others that experience even worse symptoms. i cannot begin to imagine how you all must feel, but reading other threads i am deeply saddened and my heart goes out to you all that are suffering.
now i have suffered from this for a long time, having known of my uneven hip and shoulder height, etc, for quite some time (dating back to approx 8 years old). i have only just been diagnosed with this after going to a chiropractor. his recommendations are to purchase orthotics, and to visit the chiropractor for 2 times a week for 6 months. now having lost my job, i woulkd like anyone elses opinion on whether this will be a waste of money. also perhaps whether i should have regular checkups to ensure that the problem is not worsening, considering i have had it since earlier childhood and no apparent worsening (my own observations).
any advice will be greatly appreciated and im truly sorry if i am wasting anyones time as i again stress, it is not of a serious nature.
look forward to hearing your suggestions and i wish you all the best
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:15 PM
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Hi Rowie,
Never wasting anyones time. Pain isn't good. From a parents perspective (our 15year old Dominic is in hospital recovering from surgery) I would say get a second opinion! No I am not bagging chiropractors but I think an actual doctors opinion is good. Do you have a good GP? Have you had x-rays done? Money is definitely an issue if surgery needs to happen down the track so it could be worthwhile getting into the system and seeing a specialist just in case your pain and/or curve gets worse. At least then you have a headstart on waiting lists etc which you hopefully won't need.
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Old 01-12-2010, 06:55 PM
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Rowie

It is impossible to provide you with any advice on the basis of the information you have documented. However, from what you have written it is apparent that it would be in your best interests to see a doctor who specialises in spinal disease and disorder and this website carries a directory of such specialists Australia-wide who are members of the Spine Society of Australia.

There is no evidence published in front-line, peer-reviewed medical journals that chiropractic adjustments (manipulations) will either correct a scoliosis or prevent its progression.

Your family doctor will be able to assist with the referral.

Dr Scoliosis
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:54 PM
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thanks for your opinions. i have no more documented evidence other than my xrays. it shows clearly a mild scoliosis of the whole spine with convexity to the left. there is no apparent bony abnormalities and the disc spaces appear to be preserved, but may be causing the pinching of nerves, leaving me bed ridden. i will be taking my xrays to my local doctor for further follow-up.
the reasoning behind me deciding to take action is to rid myself of my hyperlordosis (i think it is called, or sway back). are these two related? despite causing my lower back pain, it is also causing my lower tummy to protrude and the pain is hindering my ability in weight training. moving into the fitness industry (Personal Training) i wish to be at the peak of my ability for my clients.
thank you both for your opinions and time and i will be following them up. I wish Dom all the best for a speedy recovery and rehabilitation.
Rowie
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:40 AM
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Hi rowie,
I absolutely agree with everything annette has mentioned. Getting a second opinion is a good idea and try to see a scoliosis doctor. In my experience both chiropractors and physio didnt help, my main concern was when they would try to crack my back not good especially with my then crooked spine. Its good that your fit another question to ask your doctor is about lifting weights if this is good or not . good luck
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Old 02-12-2010, 10:32 AM
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Hi Rowie. I agree with those who've already replied. Nobody's pain is unimportant. Because you already have pain, despite having only mild scoliosis (which isn't unusual, conversely some large curves don't cause much pain,) it might be good to get a specialist scoliosis dr. to start documenting you with x-rays every year or so to keep an idea on progress. It may not progress, but if it does, you may become a candidate for surgery.

About the sway back. I haven't heard this being related to scoli, though I could be wrong. I used to have a very sway back as a teenager, but as the years passed, I gradually lost it. My surgery gave me back my lordosis which I'm very happy about.
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:46 PM
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Hi Rowie

I spent sooo many $$$ and years going to chiropractors who said they could cure me. I got nowhere at all. Honestly, as others have said, see a specialist. They really do know their stuff, and they care so much more.

It is great that you are into fitness as that can only help you be stronger. Just don't over do it like I did - I ended up with more stress on my back than I really needed!

Take care xxx
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:03 AM
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hi all just joined today after a workmate told me his niece is having surgery in the uk. it reminded me of what I have been thru. I am now 51 I had surgery when I was 30 to stop my curve which was out to 70 degrees. I have known I had scoliosis since I was 15 when I started hairdressing and the doctors I saw then wanted to correct my spine. I'm glad I waited. over the years I went to chiropractors etc which did help but never fixed my back and I have always played netball, dancing - jazz, ballroom and danced for dutch club as a dancing girl (sort of marching/dancing), horse riding, gym. so kept active and yes my back gave me trouble at times. 15 years of hairdressing took its toll as well. now in the years after the op I gave up hairdressing, I got serious about dressage, up to about 5 years ago, and retired my horse and took up golf. I just learned to live with my scoliosis or tried to. it has it days
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