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Scolio-girl
7th September 2008, 07:30 PM
Hey, I'm on the list to do Physiotherapy when there's a space (which hopefully will be any day now) and I don't know anything about what I'm going to be doing? The doctor never told me anything about it just to wait for a phone call to go in.
Can anyone help me by telling what I'll be doing there? How long the course will be? And if I need to take anything?
I just want to be prepared and not get embarrassed asking them these questions (I'm afraid they'll laugh at me lol.)
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance. :)

GillyG
7th September 2008, 07:54 PM
It's a bit difficult to help on this one as it tends to vary between physios, plus everyone's scoliosis is different and may need different intervention. You shouldn't need to take anything - I never did (except my famous notebook full of questions that is :p), except for when I did hydrotherapy for a while and needed my costume :)

sins
7th September 2008, 08:05 PM
Just wear comfortable loose fitting clothes,the exercises are not strenous and mainly aim to build up your abdominal muscles and stretch various muscles.It'll be fine!
Sins

Mustang Sal
7th September 2008, 10:10 PM
Awww don't worry about asking questions hun, they won't laugh at you - it's their job to interact with people as much as it is to 'fix' them.

Physiotherapy shouldn't hurt (although can be uncomfortable depending on your level of pain to begin with) so don't worry about that. Every physio i've ever come across has been really lovely, so i'm sure it'll be a positive thing for you.

Bows
8th September 2008, 03:29 PM
Wow that's what my Dr is trying to find for me. Is your Phsio a specalist for scoliosis, how did you go about finding him?
Hope it all goes well for you, im sure it will, please let us know :squeeze:

caro
8th September 2008, 08:05 PM
This might sound a bit odd but make sure you are wearing sensible underwear as I had to do a number of stretches in my bra and knickers!!

I hope you have a positive experienec. I think lots of NHS physios have never had scoliosis patients and are not really sure how to help. Yet there must be some out there who have. Let us know how you get on.

Scolio-girl
8th September 2008, 09:10 PM
Wow that's what my Dr is trying to find for me. Is your Phsio a specalist for scoliosis, how did you go about finding him?
Hope it all goes well for you, im sure it will, please let us know :squeeze:

All I did was go to my doctor and he offered me help with some exercises, and he just sent a letter to my local hospital which is in Brotton, so I doubt they are Scoliosis specialists being in such a small town and all.

Thanks to all the support everyone, you all are amazing! I've never know of a bunch of people so supportive and kind. :squeeze:

Mustang Sal
8th September 2008, 09:22 PM
This might sound a bit odd but make sure you are wearing sensible underwear as I had to do a number of stretches in my bra and knickers!!

I hope you have a positive experienec. I think lots of NHS physios have never had scoliosis patients and are not really sure how to help. Yet there must be some out there who have. Let us know how you get on.

I'm with you on the underwear thing! I've lost count of the number of times i've had to undress (for docs, nurses, physios) and then think 'oops i'm wearing the greyed pants with the elastic gone'!!

My experience of NHS physios has been patchy - some have been excellent, others not so good. The last lot of physio I had was private (and bleeping expensive!) but I had no choice as the NHS list was too long (i'd injured my knee and it needed seeing to pronto). The physio I had mentioned that one of her other clients was a lady with quite severe scoliosis and she has regular acupuncture sessions, which apparently she swears by. Some GPs do acupuncture these days, which means it's on the NHS so doesn't cost anything. I might give it a go one day and see if it makes any difference.

Scolio-girl
8th September 2008, 09:46 PM
Oh yeah.
I can't remember the last time I saw a doctor and they didn't ask me to take at least one item of my clothing off.

Mustang Sal
9th September 2008, 02:20 PM
LOL it's not very dignified is it!

I used to take part in the MRCS exams for orthopaedic surgeons, which basically meant I had to stand in my underwear in a room full of students and be poked, prodded and studied! I didn't mind doing it though as i'm sure they learnt a lot (even though my consultant was really hard on them - he could be really scary!) Plus I used to get a day off school and fiver a go for it, which was a lot of money when I was 10!

I'm sure everyone on here can relate to parading around in front of medics with next to nothing on :p

twizzlegirl
9th September 2008, 09:26 PM
I'm sure everyone on here can relate to parading around in front of medics with next to nothing on :p

haha definately, my friends don't understand how i do it, but you just have to get on with it!

Scolio-girl
2nd December 2008, 05:13 PM
Well, I finally got my physiotheropy appointment after 6months of waiting, and they even said the only reason we got in now was because my mam rang up everyday for the past week lol.
My first appointment is on the 10th which is a week tomorrow at 11:20, and I'm quite nervous now lol.

Little Ali
2nd December 2008, 05:30 PM
Yay! I'm glad you have an appointment!

I've met a couple of good NHS physios but the best ones I've found have been either private and/or have been come from other countries.

I'd be interested to hear how you get on.

Good luck!

carolad
3rd December 2008, 04:44 PM
Yes, good luck with the physio - hope its worth it after the long wait you have had! Its nothing to be nervous about, because they are there to help you. In my experience, the NHS physios I've seen have been lovely - really caring and genuine, and have been a lot more sympathetic than the doctors I've seen!

Let us know how you get on x

bluestone
4th December 2008, 11:55 AM
Ive recently started PT and have finally found 1 who understands scoliosis (ive had some awful ones in the past), This lady im seeing is more mature than others ive seen so has more experience.
She is just teaching me a daily back maintanence program to stretch my muscles and strengthen my core muscles.
This is all she can do for me so im trying to make the most of it.
Just wear loose clothing-i wear trackies and a t shirt.
You just need to make sure you feel comfortable with your PT and dont be afraid to ask for someone else if you dont.
Good luck :)

jennyyy92
4th December 2008, 04:45 PM
Good luck for your first appointment :)
In my experience, I found the physio easier to talk to about my scoliosis than the actual doctors. I found physio really helped with the pain aswell!
It just wasn't much fun in the winter having to strip off and stand there when the heating wasnt working :(
xx

Scolio-girl
10th December 2008, 06:47 PM
Well, I had my first appointment today.
The woman I saw was really nice, she spoke to me like an adult unlike some of the doctors I've previously seen.
She's given me some exersises to help strenthen my core muscles more, I did find it a bit uncomfortable when I had to do it with my top off.
She also told me that because of my scoliosis I find it restricting to bend forward and easier to bend backwards she also said the chairs I sit on at school arnt helping it any as everytime I sit on them I'm bending forward when I can't and that's what could be causing my pain. It's all school's fault for having hard plastic chairs :P.
She also told me to get a specialist cushion to put over the chair so that it fits in the gap in my back, the best part is that school's even said they'd pay for it I just have to get the info, anyone know where to get one?
I've got another appointment in two weeks as she's full next week, overall I think it was good I'm hoping it works but I'm optimistic. :)

Cassie
10th December 2008, 07:16 PM
Hiya, I use a back support on chairs and in the car that is very good and not too expensive. I got it from this company: http://www.postureproducts.com/posture-curve.htm
Hope that is helpful. :) xx

carolad
11th December 2008, 09:28 AM
Excellent - I'm glad your first appointment went well :D And that was my experience too - the physios I've seen have been much more approachable and sympathetic than the doctors. The last one I saw seemed genuinely upset when she came to the conclusion she could do nothing more for me and had to discharge me.

Well, hopefully you will continue to get some benefit from your sessions - keep us informed x