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dreamyguy
3rd October 2007, 03:42 PM
Hi everyone,

First of all, I am incredibly impressed with the forum and how supportive and knowledgeable people are in it. I hope you can help me as well as you've helped many in the past :)

I'm a 25-year-old male, and I have kyphosis. I'm not sure what type, but I do know I have no scoliosis, so at least I'm happy about that. I have a 68 degree curvature in my upper back, and a 65 degree curvature on my lower back. I have no pain, which I'm very grateful for, but of course the cosmetic appearance bothers me a lot. I have gotten some physical therapy when I was younger at age 17-18 (somewhat too late, unfortunately :( ), and I also had a personal trainer last year who was aware of my condition and tried to make sure my back muscles didn't become stronger than my chest.

Yesterday, I went to an appointment with Gary Deutchman at Scoliosis Systems (http://www.scoliosissystems.com/doctorsNE.html), who are the people who sell SpineCor. He did an X-Ray and consultation for me, and told me that they've had a lot of success with treating adult kyphosis. I asked a lot of questions, as I always do, and he suggested a SpineCor brace (about $5000) and chiropractic treatment at their center ($80/visit). He said they had no Kyphosis studies, but Kyphosis is "easier", and then he showed me some X-Rays of patients and they had indeed made great progress, for example one adult patient reducing her curve by 25 degrees! Honestly, I don't know if I believe all of this, because of course they are interested in selling th brace. So that's why I thought I'd ask her.

Has anyone heard of SpineCor for adult treatment? Can Scoliosis Systems be trusted in general? Could I consider surgery? Any other treatment ideas/advice/etc.?

Thank you so much in advance,
Artem

sins
3rd October 2007, 05:13 PM
Hi Artem,
I have no direct knowledge about that particular chiropracter here but his name is frequently mentioned on Nsf forums,
http://www.scoliosis.org/forum
I would suspect that adult bracing for Kyphosis would be considered experimental but hipefully if you decide to opt for this treatment, that your insurance would pay.
Sins

Amazed Jean
3rd October 2007, 08:25 PM
Hello and welcome to SSO. I have no knowledge of brace plus chiro. but I did want to wish you welcome and ask you to please keep us posted.

hvdeen
4th October 2007, 06:22 AM
Hello, I have severe kyphosis and I am scheduled for surgery in a week and a half and I don't know about the place you mentioned but I did try a chiropractor which helped a tiny bit but there was only so much he could do and I also found out that you have to keep going to the chiropractor or the back goes back to the original curve. For me, I have a lot of pain and stuff from the Kyphosis and it is pretty severe and he did improve the curve a bit but he got to a point that it just was not improving any more and I still had pain. As for the brace, I was told by my surgeon that for adults, all the brace can really do is hold the back a little straighter in most cases and ease pain but won't actually straighten the back in an adult. My surgeon did encourage me to try a chiropractor and physio and stuff first to see how that went so I would try a chiropractor if I were you but I would go to a few different chiropractors first and see what they say and charge. When it is your back and health you are dealing with-there is absolutely no harm in getting more than one opinion. It is better to be safe than sorry. Hope this helps and welcome as well.

jamielynn
11th November 2007, 12:47 AM
I would definetly consider surgery, as choice B :niceone:

pink_candy_swirl
11th November 2007, 10:22 PM
I know this is for scoliosis, but here is an appointment (over two videos) from a girl with scoliosis who sees him...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8v1w1fK8B0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74gNb8o1TJE