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Scoliosis

Started by Reandrea on 05/12/2011 7:25am

I have had scoliosis since I was 12 years old, I am now 21 years old and I am seriously in need of some advise for dealing with it. It is currently causing breathing problems, I can't stand too long, not even sit too long. I have visited spinal cord doctor in Pennsylvania, where he took x-rays. He said that the upper curve was 110 degrees n the bottom 76 degrees . Should I go see a chiropractor ?

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Hi you sound like myself breathing problems etc.
You need to see a specialist in spine surgery/management as a chiropractor cant do alot to help you would be better off doing physio or yoga type exercises to maintain strong muscles.
Your curves do sound very large so you do need proper advise from an expert not a chiropractor!

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Hi you sound like myself breathing problems etc.
You need to see a specialist in spine surgery/management as a chiropractor cant do alot to help you would be better off doing physio or yoga type exercises to maintain strong muscles.
Your curves do sound very large so you do need proper advise from an expert not a chiropractor!

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Hi Reandrea,
You need to see an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spine surgery. They're the ones who are the experts in treating scoliosis. Some neurosurgeons also do scoliosis surgery, but in general, it's the orthopedic surgeons who do it. Your symptoms sound pretty severe, so don't be surprised if surgery is recommended. I had adult onset scoliosis which was quite severe, and had scoliosis surgery one year ago (at age 68yrs) with a fusion from T4 down into the pelvis. Granted, it's major, major surgery, and nothing to go into lightly, but oh! the benefits can be wonderful! Now my back is STRAIGHT, and I'm moving around and am out and about and doing things I never thought I'd be able to do. Just be sure to go to a surgeon who is associated with a major medical center which has a spinal program. Before my surgery I had spent eight years seeing a local spine surgeon who had convinced me nothing could be done as I continued to become more and more disabled. Then I finally had had enough and got on the internet and found one of the best spine programs in the country (actually, the world!) just a few hours' drive from my home. What I'm trying to say is find an EXPERT and have a work-up done so you know what your options are. And I wish you all the best.

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Hi Reandrea,
You need to see an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spine surgery. They're the ones who are the experts in treating scoliosis. Some neurosurgeons also do scoliosis surgery, but in general, it's the orthopedic surgeons who do it. Your symptoms sound pretty severe, so don't be surprised if surgery is recommended. I had adult onset scoliosis which was quite severe, and had scoliosis surgery one year ago (at age 68yrs) with a fusion from T4 down into the pelvis. Granted, it's major, major surgery, and nothing to go into lightly, but oh! the benefits can be wonderful! Now my back is STRAIGHT, and I'm moving around and am out and about and doing things I never thought I'd be able to do. Just be sure to go to a surgeon who is associated with a major medical center which has a spinal program. Before my surgery I had spent eight years seeing a local spine surgeon who had convinced me nothing could be done as I continued to become more and more disabled. Then I finally had had enough and got on the internet and found one of the best spine programs in the country (actually, the world!) just a few hours' drive from my home. What I'm trying to say is find an EXPERT and have a work-up done so you know what your options are. And I wish you all the best.

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I had a 55 degree curve at the age of 20. Unfortunately I didn't know about chiropractic care back then and had a fusion done to my spine. There are proven case studies that a chiropractor can manipulate your spine and actually move it. I know that some people still believe that chiropractors aren't real doctors or that they are scam artists or can even harm you but since it is 2011 and we have a wide variety of resourses available to us on the internet - I am sure you will find that nothing can be further from the truth. There are less reports of chiropractic malpractice than there are of medical malpractice. I would go to a chiropractor, even though your spine is very bad, he/she should be able to help you. It will take time, but it is better at this point than the alternative. You may even opt for chiropractic care for a few years and then see what a surgeon can do for you afterwards. I would see what the chiropractor says and what he thinks he can do for you. I would suggest you go and have a consultation with a few chiropractors to find out which one is the best fit for you.

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