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Old 10-03-2007, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Anyways, I am 27 now and a few months back I wrecked my motorcycle at the track. Ended up fracturing two ribs on my back by my shoulder blade. After the wreck I was looking at my self in the mirror and noticed one shoulder was higher than the other.

The accident didnt have have anything to do with that...but I noticed in my transcribed medical records it said mild scoliosis. I asked my DR about it and he said dont worry about.

Well, of course...I am starting to worry about it. Should I ? Its really minor...one friend said there is streching i can do to help put it back in line. That really didnt make any sense.

I am prob going to see a back DR just be be sure. I just can't believe I went this long without really noticing it. I am rather skinny at 135 and 5 11. But I do a lot of mountain biking so I am in shape.

Anyways...anybody have similar experiences?
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Old 10-03-2007, 04:03 AM
 
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I have that in my neck. No one has ever been able to help me with it. You may want to see a chiropractor. I may have gone to late in life for them to help me. Hopefully, someone else will have a better answer than me.
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Old 10-03-2007, 07:15 AM
 
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Many people have varying degrees of scoliosis, and it presents no problem for them. It is when the scoliosis is more severe that requires medical/surgical intervention.
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Old 10-03-2007, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I was diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis when I was 5 years old and I had to do physical therapy for it, which I don't think works for adults. I was lucky; I didn't need surgery. Now that I'm an adult one shoulder is still higher than the other, but it doesn't really bother me.
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Old 10-03-2007, 08:22 AM
 
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I was told I had this in college. Never did anything about it, never thought about it till now. My thoughts in regards to my back, if it isn't broke, don't fix it.

I imagine a chiropractor could help you out or explain more to you.
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Old 10-03-2007, 08:59 AM
 
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It's a common thing and no need to worry about it. You may have been born with it. One thing that you can do that will help is to be sure that you sleep on the side that's opposite the curve. I found that I ALWAYS slept on the curve and that may have helped mine get worse. As you get older, it may get worse. It may not. It's just one of those things that a lot of people have that never cause any trouble.

If you do reach a point in your life where the pain (if any) gets to be a problem, THEN, you can start fretting about it. In the meantime, pay attention to your posture, don't slump, try to stand as straight as possible. Lift heavy things by bending your legs and not your back.
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Old 10-03-2007, 06:33 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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My son has scoliosis, started out as only a lumbar curve, but for it to some how compensate, has now turned into an S curve. The lumbar curve is now not so bad, you can see where one of his hips is up higher than the other.

What they do is a scoiliosis series xray which is an xray of the full spine, all the way down, not just the three sections of the spine, but down the pelvis as well. They then use a tool to determine the severety of the curve, and from there, determine if you need nothin, Physical therapy, a brace, surgery, or just to have an eye kept on it.

For now, my son sees an Orthopaedist every three mos and they xray him every time. He is at a crucial age where he is going through growth spurts, so they have to keep a good eye on it. he is in no pain, and can withstand physical activity, etc.

If you are unsure, certainly have it checked....normally this is something, were it severe, that would have been caught in one of the school checks where they have you bend down and they look at your spine. its where my sons was found, and his dr initially dismissed it, and I noticed it worsening, and the degree was at such a degree he needed to see a specialist. He is only 13 now, and at almost 6 feet tall, so I am thinking it may work its self out, once again, why we need to keep an eye on it..

best of luck to you!
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Old 10-03-2007, 10:16 PM
 
Location: SC
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I have mild scoliosis too. I didn't realize I had it until a school mate who had it worse than I did in high school saw me bending down to pick something up off the floor and noticed by back had a big hump in it. She had me all worried and i went and got it checked out and it turned out to be very mild. One of my legs is slightly longer than the other and when I wear a bikini one hip bone is slightly higher than the other but I don't have to wear special shoes or do exercizes or anything.
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Old 10-04-2007, 02:10 AM
 
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I would try massage from a PT.
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:33 PM
 
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hi, I also have mild scoliosis, at about 14 degrees in an S curve. when I was about 12 and I started cheerleading, my hips would alternate in this shooting pain that radiated through my lower back so the docs x-rayed me and then again when I was 15 which is when I stopped growing taller so the curve settled at 14 degrees. They just diagnosed me and never figured out what to do next about the pain in my hips so we left it the way it was.

Anyway, I've danced since, conditioned, done some pilates here and there and payed attention to my posture. Dance has helped me pay attention to my alignment really well. now, at 23, I haven't danced much in about 2 and a half years, but I occasionally walk/run and recently started dancing/excercising regularly again. Now, I'm also working about 50-60 hour weeks in retail so I'm on my feet all day and I noticed the other day that I've been having this awkward walk and severe lower back aches to the point that I had to sit down in the middle of the store while we were closing down. I think I also pulled a groin muscle or tendon at dance rehearsal so now I feel more "crooked" lol and it hurts to stretch that leg at all. I feel all out of alignment and my legs hurt. Also, when I where heels, whenever my feet start to get sore, the pain is usually in just one foot.

So now that you all know that background info, how do I get treatment? what is the treatment available for mild cases? Would insurance cover a chiropractor/physical therapist if I need one? I have really bad health care (AZ state funded) so I'm not sure what kind of care I can get, hence the reason why my doctors probably never ordered any kind of treatment or specialist for me. You just have to push the doctors really hard to help you at all, but at 15, I didn't know how to push the doctors to help me, but now that I do, I need to know what to bring up first.

Anyways, I had to bump this thread since I didn't want to be annoying and start a brand new one on this topic. Any help is appreciated! Thank you!
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