Patient Comments: Scoliosis - Treatment

What was your scoliosis treatment?

Comment from: selvi1209, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I'm 17 years old and last year around my birthday I started having acute pain all over my body. I went to my family doctor he just told me that I had bone inflammations at my rib cage and gave me medications for a three months long treatment. Three months later the pain was still acute and I ended up with have difficulties to walk and went to see a new doctor. He told me that I had fluid accumulation in my left knee and that I had to have injections done for the following three weeks, which I did. In the end of those weeks I had 15 injections done in all. I went to see a new doctor and he diagnosed me with osteopenia and scoliosis and that they were the cause of everything that I have been suffering from. Now all I can hope of is that my conditions improve enough to help me take my school finals.

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Comment from: Cat, Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I was in third grade when I was at a check up at my doctor for my asthma and he noticed a curve in my spine. I then went to the Shriners and they diagnosed me with about a 15 degree curve at the top of my spine between my shoulder blades. I started wearing a night time brace in fifth grade to correct my curve. I've also had 4 MRIs up to this point because I have a syrinx (pocket of liquid) in my spine and they monitor it to make sure it isn't causing my scoliosis and wouldn't have to be removed because it could cause serious nerve damage. I'm now 15 and my spine is at about a 48 degree curve but don't ever feel back pain so they are thinking of not doing the surgery since I'm almost done growing and he said the surgery would mostly be to fix aesthetics but the only noticeable thing is my shoulder blade that slightly sticks out and my shoulders tilted. I will only wear my brace for 6 more months and then go for another MRI but for now all is well. I also dove for 8 years starting in third grade and they said that all the exercise would help a lot.

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Comment from: Rachel Lynn, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I was diagnosed with scoliosis around the age of 9. It progressed rapidly and I am now 14 and wearing a back brace at night. My curve degree is about 35-40, but might be more since my last visit was 3 months ago. I have had some really bad back pain around the area where my curve is, and I am getting it checked out soon. I like to read about the condition I have and get information on ways to relieve my pain, and I think this site definitely helped me out.

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Comment from: Ggirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I have scoliosis which I first discovered at the age of 14. I have had no treatment, but as I get older, it is getting worse. What helps me more than anything is going to the pool and exercising in deep water. I wear a flotation belt and let my legs hang down in deep water. I find as long as I go to the pool I can function pretty well and my pain is minimal. I wish I could tell you exactly what percentage my curve is. All I know, is the doctors are shocked when they see it on an x-ray.

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Comment from: lindilou, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

I had surgery in 1958 at Stanford University for my scoliosis. They took bone from my shins and fused it to my spine. I was in a body cast for two month (totally immobile) and then in a walking cast for 4 months. No rods or metal. It has lasted 54 years and now I find out that my lower spine has started to curve.

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Comment from: Dudet 3.9, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: October 17

I am 16 now but I was diagnosed with scoliosis at 12. It was first at 11 degrees and one year later became 13 degrees. My doctor told me I was fine although I have my right hip sticking out. I was told just to practice sitting up straight and not adding to much pressure to my back such as lifting heavy objects.

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Comment from: judgejudy, 65-74 Female Published: July 18

1957 I had an operation for scoliosis. They took bone from the front of my leg and put it in my spine. I don't know if there was any metal used.

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