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11th August 2009, 03:03 PM
I am 25 years old and have recently discovered I have Congenital Scoliosis due to Hemivertebra. I have been told (by my Chiropractor) that a heel lift will reduce my pain and will eventually straighten my spine. I do not have leg length discrepancy and my hips are even. Conducting my own research I found nothing that backs up my Chiropractors claim that my Scoliosis will GREATLY improve/disappear by just wearing a heal lift. As I am very new to this I have very little understanding of this condition so was hoping if anyone could tell me are heel lifts beneficial?

11th August 2009, 03:57 PM
Hiya, welcome to SSO :welcome2:

If you have Congenital Scoliosis, then that scoliosis is caused by a vertebral anomaly (such as your hemivertebra) and NOTHING is going to make that disappear!

Heel lifts can work well for pain and posture IF you have a leg length discrepancy, as you have found out. However, if you started wearing one when your legs are even lengths, it would tilt your pelvis and might cause even worse problems in future! I would be very, very wary of anything this chiropractor says, as they don't seem to really have much clue about scoliosis >:|

Your best course of action would be to be assessed by a medically qualified spinal specialist (ie a doctor) and to get them to refer you to other medical professionals who can help you manage the pain (by the way, here in the UK where I live, chiropractors aren't considered to be medical professionals and they aren't allowed to call themselves "Dr" either!).

I'm really sorry you've had cause to come and find us, but hopefully we can help you find some methods of coping with the pain.

Welcome again,
Toni xx

11th August 2009, 04:29 PM
Thanks for the info Tony! I think I'll get in contact with an actual Doctor before I do any damage with this heel lift.

11th August 2009, 08:43 PM
OMG this is so odd because today I was given a heel lift for the first time. My right leg in 1/4 inch shorter than my left.

Anyway, I had an osteopath that told me that years ago but I waited until my orthopedic surgeon just confirmed that today. Toni is right, you really need a true dictor to prescribe heel lifts. Only they can monitor if it is helping you or not.

Take care,
Lucy xx

11th August 2009, 09:20 PM
I agree completely with Toni. If your legs are the same length then a heel lift could cause you major problems. I have an apparent leg length discrepancy due to my tilted pelvis (much better now since surgery) and my surgeon said never to let anyone try and give me a heel lift to correct it as it could worsen my scoliosis and cause more pain. You really need to see a scoliosis specialist (not just a general ortho) to find out what options are available to you. Good luck and please let ud know how you get on :) Ooops, nearly forgot ...:welcome:

11th August 2009, 09:45 PM
Hmmn Good point Gilly. Maybe I should wait until I see my scoliosis specialist as this ortho guy I saw today is a bit crazy. I am worried he might have given me the heel lift for the wrong leg.....

So you se MAHL, it really is best to see a scoliosis specialist!!!!

12th August 2009, 10:43 AM
A chiropractor I saw a few years ago advised me to use a heel lift. I did for a while but then when I saw a physio, she told me not to use it. So I don't really know if I should have one or not :???:

To be honest though, I didn't notice any difference to my pain levels whether I use one or not, so I'm probably better off doing without it in case I do more damage.

In your case Mahl, I would be very wary of using one if your hips are level - I think you could find yourself with a whole new set of problems! Let us know how you get on x