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Valkerie
12th March 2009, 04:17 AM
Hi all,


My friend, 23, that I have just come in contact with again, has Scoliosis and was diagnosed with it as a child.
Up until 1 year ago he had never felt any pain from it and his life was all good.
A year ago he came down with the flu, really bad he says, and then the next day after he got the flu his back started aching in the area of where his 'Scoliosis is'.
His condition is that his upper spine curves to the right, and in result from this he has uneven musculature on his right side.
According to my research of Scoliosis on Wikipedia, this is a normal effect from having the problem.
Currently, he has depression as he can't work, and get even live a normal adult life, because he is in pain for "4 days" after and its just "not worth it". This has also resulted in him not going out to nightclubs anymore, and well, doing anything.
He blames the sudden oncoming of pain from him lifting too heavy weights at the gym, and perhaps that could have triggered it - perhaps he teared a muscle, and the muscle repaired itself around the curve from his spine, and is causing pressure which has resulted with his constant pain.
He wears some like padding thing at the moment which he calls a "gun belt" lol, but it actually looks like mini combat armour.
He's just start physio a few weeks ago, and they gave him some foam pole like thing to do excersises on, but he says its no help. He's also been given some heavy pain killers too, but he says they don't really help so he doesn't bother taking them. He also goes to gym and does light weights (2Kg) to strengthen his back muscles.

I am trying to find a magic bullet solution to get him back to his old capable self again, or atleast a solution to greatly decrease his pain, fast.

My friend thinks he has hit a dead end because his Doctor and (some other specialist; don't know the name) can't find anything else wrong with him, or give him a quick solution, so I thought to come on the internet and ask people from all around the world who actually have Scoliosis that have first hand veterans like knowledge of the condition.

Could people please let me know of tequnices/tricks/pills-drugs/treatments (non-surgical)/ANYTHING and any idea!!! that I can advise my friend in performing?
Any idea is a good idea, and not a stupid idea. Even if its some third world caveman idea, it doesn't matter. Thinking outside the common-practice square could even be the answer.

Thanks so much, really!

nutmeg
12th March 2009, 07:50 AM
Hi Valkerie

:welcome:

Unfortunately scoliosis does frequently cause pain, especially in adults. Different people find different things helpful. Your friend might like to find out more about the Alexander Technique, which some of us have found helpful for controlling pain.

This link is to the UK society for teachers of the Alexander Technique
http://www.stat.org.uk (http://www.stat.org.uk/)
and this page has links to teachers in other parts of the world
http://www.alexandertechniqueworldwide.com/affiliatedsocieties.html

Valkerie
12th March 2009, 09:11 AM
Hi,

Thanks for the information regarding the Alexander tequnice.
Are you aware of any other tequnice's that can help Scoliosis?


I had a theory. As my friend also blames his sudden pain from lifting too heavy weights, I was wondering... Could this be possible; he lifted too heavy weights and ripped a muscle in his back, and when the muscle repaired itself it repaired in a way which has formed against the his curved spine, and the muscle is now causing pressure against it which is causing the pain. Is this likely?

Valkerie
12th March 2009, 09:40 AM
Hi,

Thanks for the information regarding the Alexander tequnice.
Are you aware of any other tequnice's that can help Scoliosis?


I had a theory. As my friend also blames his sudden pain from lifting too heavy weights, I was wondering... Could this be possible; he lifted too heavy weights and ripped a muscle in his back, and when the muscle repaired itself it repaired in a way which has formed against the his curved spine, and the muscle is now causing pressure against it which is causing the pain. Is this likely?


After doing some research, I have learn't that back braces (What I am assuming is what my friend wears at the moment; that mini body armor thing) are for people that are still growing. My friend 23, most likely has stopped growing. Is it pretty much pointless for him to be wearing it now? He complains of discomfort.

If my friend was to do just keep a good posture constantly, could his pain become sub-conscious/unnoticeable and he could continue on with a normal life?

BeckyH
12th March 2009, 01:44 PM
hi there,

unfortunately maintaining a good posture cannot just make scoliosis "go away". there are some people who believe that intensive exercise therapy can help scoliosis and the pain that goes with it, but these methods are mostly unproven.

what i would urge your friend to do would be to seek a referral to a scoliosis specialist so that they can be accurately assessed and have their curve monitored if necessary. then they will have a better idea of how best to combat the pain.