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Scoliosis detected too late

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 4, 2008
  • 08:18 PM

I'm just ranting... I am 21 years old and went in to the doctor about a year ago with severe back and arm pain. X-rays were taken and it was discovered that I have thoracic scoliosis. It's only 15 degrees, but I'm just very irritated that none of the precautionary tests performed at my many sports physicals all through middle and high school didn't catch this. If it had been caught sooner, I wouldn't have had to deal with the pain that I have day in and day out. Is there anyone else out there who can relate? I've done physical therapy, with no success. Are there other treatments or exercises to help ease the pain??

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  • Sorry to hear of your troubles, i have mild scoliosis but it refuses to get better, and i have to keep stretching all the time, and be really careful not to put to much stress on my back . Two other things that are commonly used to treat scoliosis are, chiropractic ,and braces but be careful you need to see good people.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 5, 2008
    • 10:17 AM
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  • A good acupuncturist can help you with this. It is especially helpful for the pain. Visit www.acufinder.com to find one near you/. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 5, 2008
    • 11:49 AM
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  • Sorry to hear of your troubles, i have mild scoliosis but it refuses to get better, and i have to keep stretching all the time, and be really careful not to put to much stress on my back . Two other things that are commonly used to treat scoliosis are, chiropractic ,and braces but be careful you need to see good people.Is it possible to still get braced at my age?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 7, 2008
    • 06:51 PM
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  • Yes you are right braces are not commonly used at your age, and i have read that they don't usually brace for curves under 20 degrees, scoliois can sometimes develop in adults to, scoliosis is as doctors say controversial meaning doctors are still debating what causes it and how to treat it. Strangely a lot of doctors reckon quite large curves even 40 degrees don't cause problems but most patients seem to differ there are many forums full of people with mild or moderate scoliosis who seem to have all sorts of related heath problems and lots of pain. ( i think its one of those doctor things you know "its all in your mind go away i am busy")good luck make sure who ever you choose to treat you is good post again to let us know how you are going or if you find something good
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 8, 2008
    • 08:04 AM
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  • Thanks for the input and help!! I appreciate it.A good acupuncturist can help you with this. It is especially helpful for the pain. Visit www.acufinder.com to find one near you/. Best wishesDOMOn this note, I'm only 21 and am in college, so money is a bit tight. Is this something insurance will cover if it's prescribed?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 11, 2008
    • 09:13 PM
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  • Thanks for the input and help!! I appreciate it. On this note, I'm only 21 and am in college, so money is a bit tight. Is this something insurance will cover if it's prescribed? Where do you live? Every state is different.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 13, 2008
    • 01:28 AM
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  • Alaska, but I'm in Oregon for college
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 24, 2008
    • 08:05 AM
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