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Veevee
30th July 2008, 08:58 AM
Hi,

Does anyone know of any non-surgical treatment in Vancouver Canada?

I've recently stumbled across the Spinecor brace treatment but it seems to be only available in Quebec.

I am 21 years old with an S shaped curve at around 33 degrees. I've been told by doctors and chiropractors that it would not get worse once I reach skeletal maturity but I have always been suspicious.

If anyone knows or has experience growing older with scoliosis please share your experiences; it would really help.

mark
30th July 2008, 10:37 AM
Hi Veevee

Welcome to SSo, we have a number of Canadian members who post regularly on the board, Joy being one, i'm sure when she reads this post she will stop by and say hi, sorry i can't help with your search, have you gone for either a second or third opinion, measurements of curves can vary between surgeons as you need to give about a 5 degree margin for error, i don't have scoliosis i have a 100 degree kyphosis curve and like you are an adult who has stopped growing except at age 37 my curve is getting progressively worse so you really should at the very least keep monitoring it for progression, do you suffer any pain or have any cosmetic issues with your back

Sorry for the reason you have had to find us, but now you have we are a friendly bunch who just want help one another, welcome to our wonky world

mark

GillyG
30th July 2008, 11:00 PM
Hi Veevee :welcome2:

I was also told as a teen that my curve wouldn't get any worse as I had finished growing. Then in my 20's, when it was obvious it had progressed, I was told it was too late to do anything about it! by the time I reached my 40's I was having all sorts of health problems which I now know were related to my scoliosis as they have resolved since having surgery at 49 years old. Feel free to PM me if you want to know anything further :D

Veevee
31st July 2008, 01:59 AM
Hi guys,

Thanks for the comments.

I love Snoopy too Gilly!

I don't get pain but I do get discomfort, I get really tired when I am at work sitting in an office for so many hours.

I do have cosmetic issues with my back, although not as bad as some of the pictures I've seen floating around. You can't detect my scoliosis when I am wearing clothes unless I point it out. You will notice it though from the back if I am at the beach. I have the v-shaped fold/concavity on my right lower back. I'll see if I can take some pictures.

Sealy
1st August 2008, 02:20 PM
Hi,

My daughter will soon be eight years old and she's been wearing the Spinecor brace since she was 5. The Spinecor really does make life with scoliosis so much more tolerable for young active children. Lucky for us, we live near Montreal. I don't know what we would do if we lived in Vancouver. We would probably travel to Montreal because it's not available anywhere else in Canada. We go for checkups twice a year and life happens the other 50 weeks of the year. I value quality of life! :D I have read of chiropractors prescribing the Spinecor brace for adults for pain relief. I can't comment on curve correction or halting curve progression for adult cases because I don't know if it's possible but theoretically it makes sense. You might have to cross the border to Seattle and see if there are chiropractors who prescribe the brace. Take a look at the Spinecorporation website:

www.spinecorporation.com (http://www.spinecorporation.com)

GillyG
1st August 2008, 09:51 PM
I love Snoopy too Gilly!

Yay, another fan! :D

mark
7th August 2008, 09:52 AM
Heres a few links that may help

http://www.coa-aco.org/coa_bulletin/issue_73.html

This link gives you a number of books that may be of help

http://vrl.tpl.toronto.on.ca/helpfile/he_b0001.html

Hope they help

http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1852056

Joy
11th August 2008, 03:35 AM
Sorry I took so long!! I've not been around SSO much and rarely come in this forum.

I live in Edmonton. I had surgery years ago when I was 13 so I can't comment on growing older with untreated scoliosis.

Most surgeons won't recommend bracing for adults to correct scoliosis, because braces only work if you're growing, and obviously adults aren't. I haven't read anything about how effective SpineCor is for pain relief in adults though, so if you are looking for pain relief you could investigate this if you wanted.

Dr. Dvorak is an orthopedic surgeon who works in Vancouver and has a very good reputation for treating adult scoliosis. If your curve really is in the low 30s, surgery probably isn't necessary. However, I would definitely recommend getting a referral from your GP to a reputable scoliosis specialist.

Will be back tomorrow to chat more!!

Unregistered
25th October 2008, 07:11 PM
Hi,

Does anyone know of any non-surgical treatment in Vancouver Canada?

I've recently stumbled across the Spinecor brace treatment but it seems to be only available in Quebec.

I am 21 years old with an S shaped curve at around 33 degrees. I've been told by doctors and chiropractors that it would not get worse once I reach skeletal maturity but I have always been suspicious.

If anyone knows or has experience growing older with scoliosis please share your experiences; it would really help.

Hi, my name is Alexandra, I am 37years old and totaly consumed with my scoliosis. It definetly moved or changed. I find now that everything is out of balance. From my neck to the bottom of my spine. Muscles and bones. My ribcage on my concave side seems to be getting worse and my back on the same side is now protruding more than the other. I am so afraid it'll get even worse. I had the brace (boston) when I was diagnosed and my doc said it would get worse when I was old in my 60s. I didn't think it would be this soon. Iam currently doing yoga, stretching, and seeing a chiropractor. I even bought a corsette. What I really want is to get the flexible brace for sleeping in or something. I don't wanna scare you I think my scoliosis is different . I don't know. I have an s curve somewhwere close to the thirties in degrees. Let me know what you find out about the flex brace.

Unregistered
7th February 2009, 09:10 PM
I am 58 years old, never have had any surgery for my scoliosis. I was left untreated for many years and when I went through menopause I felt like my body was collapsing to the right. Scary.... I didn't know what to do, but was told about the SpineCor brace recently. I got one on Dec. 19, 2008 and it has helped me a great deal. Rather than going to Quebec, I went down to Seattle. If you want more info let me know. But YES, scoliosis is progressive......

Unregistered
8th April 2009, 04:27 AM
Hi-

To the person who went to Seattle - what is the cost of this. Who is the contact? How many visits did you have to make and how often.

Thanks
mom of 13 year old with scoliosis

Cheski
8th April 2009, 10:18 AM
I don't get pain but I do get discomfort, I get really tired when I am at work sitting in an office for so many hours.
.

Hi Veevee,
I was in vancouver over 10years ago and that was where i was first introduced to Magnets as a source of help for energy, pain relief regeneration etc... I made the grave error of not believing in them 100% and not investing in what I probably should have, as it took me another 10yrs to actually start using them. I now never take my bracelet of in the day, and am looking to by a belt (not one that keeps the trousers up, but one that holds bigger magnets that you can then strap on whereever you have the pain).. I never sleep in them and they definately help me out with my energy.
The lady who ran my pain clinic, who i also saw at her home privately, has a magnettic mat that uses electricity and magnets... sessions on that used to really help as well. used to lie on it whilst having acupunture(another good way to clear out the energy flows)

Anyhow Canada is an amazing place for getting help, I think it is well ahead of the uk, but unfortunately have not spent enough time there to be of any real use to you... Good luck in your search

Unregistered
11th April 2009, 08:58 PM
I am 58 years old, never have had any surgery for my scoliosis. I was left untreated for many years and when I went through menopause I felt like my body was collapsing to the right. Scary.... I didn't know what to do, but was told about the SpineCor brace recently. I got one on Dec. 19, 2008 and it has helped me a great deal. Rather than going to Quebec, I went down to Seattle. If you want more info let me know. But YES, scoliosis is progressive......

Dear fellow scoliosis sufferer,
I am 49 years old and suffering tremendously. It has gotten worse recently. Would you please give me more info about getting a SpineCor brace from Seattle? How many visits and the cost?
I would really appreciate your help. Please e-mail me at jevula@gmail.com

Thanks,
Eva

Unregistered
28th April 2009, 10:39 PM
I am 58 years old, never have had any surgery for my scoliosis. I was left untreated for many years and when I went through menopause I felt like my body was collapsing to the right. Scary.... I didn't know what to do, but was told about the SpineCor brace recently. I got one on Dec. 19, 2008 and it has helped me a great deal. Rather than going to Quebec, I went down to Seattle. If you want more info let me know. But YES, scoliosis is progressive......


Hi,

I'm 26 and am looking at the SpineCor Brace and was wondering where to begin. I had a Charleston brace as a kid, however, it did not offer much of a curvature correction and my curve has progressed since. I am now experiencing constant lower back muscle pain and occasional pinching of my sciatic nerve. If anyone could email me any information that would be great.

Thank you,

Angie
amawdsley@binnie.com

Veevee
6th January 2010, 08:25 AM
I know its been awhile, but Dr. Bradly Gage from Victoria, bc, is listed on the SpineCorporation website. Has anyone seen Dr. Gage for the spinecor brace?

Also, I plan on attending some of these stretching for scoliosis classes here in Vancouver if anyone in the area is interested: http://www.martamartahop.com/site/mmhop/stretch

Thanks for all the replies, it means a lot to me.

Mir79
5th March 2010, 06:59 AM
Hey All,
I'm delighted to come across this website, I have scoliosis since i was really young, but apart from the patients I was in hospital with over 18 years ago, I never spoke to anyone else who has it. It would be great to chat with those who have scoliosis. From the forum some of you suffer a lot of pain with it, with is pretty tough. For me its the physical side that I don't like. So if anyone is up for chatting or giving advice on any really good surgeon's in Vancouver or anywhere in BC I would be soo delighted.

Thanks

burdle
5th March 2010, 09:18 AM
I am 58 years old, never have had any surgery for my scoliosis. I was left untreated for many years and when I went through menopause I felt like my body was collapsing to the right. Scary.... I didn't know what to do, but was told about the SpineCor brace recently. I got one on Dec. 19, 2008 and it has helped me a great deal. Rather than going to Quebec, I went down to Seattle. If you want more info let me know. But YES, scoliosis is progressive......


Hi,

I recently posted a thread about Menopause and Scoliosis asking if anyone out there has expereince of it progressing at a higher rate when going through the menopause.

Your feeling of collapsing to the right is just the same as me. Did you have a relatively stable period in between full growth and menopause. I thought the docs were wrong with me as it didn;t seem to move for the years between pregnacy and now (50s) but everything has got so much worse for me with it now and I am wondering if this is due to the menopause

LifeDream
29th August 2010, 07:45 PM
Hi,
I am 37 years old and have scoliosis since I can remember myself. Once I've been told "it would not get worse once I reach skeletal maturity"....it is not 100% true because it is depends on how active you are and what kind of job you do. So mine did got worse.
But the good knews is spince cor but helps a LOT!!! Both me and my high school daughter had spine cor for 2 years. Let me tell you that it is not an easy thing to do but one of the most rewarded. We are from Vancouver, BC and we flew to Montreal twice a year. I know that there is clinic in Victoria and this is where we will go next month.
Go for it and good luck.

farland
30th September 2010, 11:22 AM
Hi Burdle,
I was wondering the same thing. I went through the menopause 4 years ago (now 49 years old) and my back pain has definately got worse since then. Although my curve is still mild only 25 degs C shape but rotated in an unusual direction. not sure which way is the norm but mine is the oposite.
interesting question though. Sorry to go off topic.

Martha Carter
4th May 2011, 12:46 AM
Hey forum folks: YES! I have started a very gentle class called STRETCH FOR SCOLIOSIS in Vancouver, BC that happens from September to January on Saturday mornings 10am-12pm. This class is specifically designed to be safe for all types and degrees of scoliosis. For more information check out my website at http://martamartahop.com/site/mmhop/twisted-outreach-project. Or feel free to email me if you have questions.

IN REGARDS TO OTHER NO-SURGICAL TREATMENT IN CANADA...as a dance artist with scoliosis, I have studied many bodywork techniques in particular yoga, pilates, alexander and massage. Any body work practise that keeps you flexible and strong can help to relieve scoliosis pain, however it is very easy to get carried away and injure oneself during a group class, so I recommend taking beginner level and/or private classes whenever possible! I can recommend excellent folks in all of these techniques in Vancouver and across Canada.