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Old 08-06-2013, 10:43 AM
perth1989 perth1989 is offline
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I was diagnosed with a form of scoliosis when I was about 12 years old I'm currently 23.

I was told it is very mild however nothing could be done for me except surgery but due to it being so mild it would not be worth the risks or costs.

They told me I couldn't wear a back brace because my spine wasnt just curved it had grown faster than my body leaving no room for it to be straight and then causing it to curve. They also told me it was a genetic and I most likely had it since I was born but it was not noticeable.

Does anyone know the name of this version of scoliosis because I've forgotten >.<

Also I'd like to get a checkup but I'm not sure what type of doctor to see, do I have to go to a normal doctor and then be referred to a specialist or can I go straight to a specialist doctor?

Thank you
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:50 PM
M&M M&M is offline
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Hi perth1989

The Scoliosis Australia website has a page of the different forms of scoliosis
Your memory may be triggered when you see the name.

Sounds like a good idea to get a check-up as you should have stopped growing about now.
Here in Queensland, we need to go to a GP to get a referral to a specialist.

The Scoliosis Australia website also has a list of spinal specialists
From my reading, these are the people to see and they deal with all aspects of scoliosis, not just surgery.

My 13 year old daughter was diagnosed by GP in February, and we just saw a spinal specialist on Thursday. I feel very fortunate that after lots of worrying and researching that she does not need treatment for scoliosis, and is unlikely to . I certainly did not feel that our specialist visit was wasted as he explained several things to us - that my daughter's ligaments are allowing her to maintain an awful posture and that her spine curves outwards at the lumbar area, but that it moves back to normal if she concentrates on and maintains a good posture. He certainly did not try to convince me that my daughter needed surgery (my husband's biggest concern) or any other treatment except a bit more exercise.

Really hoping that all continues to go well for you and that you are one of the 99 out of 100. I just read a post by Dr Scoliosis that only 1 in 100 need surgery for scoliosis.

Hoping this helps
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