Re: Spinal Collapse
Hiya, welcome to SSO
"Spinal collapse" isn't a specific diagnosis and could mean various things. For example, with scoliosis it could mean that the curvature has got big enough that it is progressing due to the effects of gravity, or it could mean that some of your spinal discs have degenerated over time (this is a normal symptom of aging, but in some people it can happen prematurely or be worse than expected). Or it could mean something else. So, I'm afraid it's difficult to say what treatment you may need.
For all spinal conditions it's usually best to try conservative (non-surgical) treatments first before considering surgery. If your main concern is pain then there are a lot of things that you can try; these range from physio to strengthen the muscles and support the spine, to painkillers and various types of steroid injections.
Please don't be scared! You first need to see your GP and get referred to an orthopaedic spinal specialist (an MD rather than a chiropractor) and get a diagnosis of what's going on with your back. Then you can plan what to do. Don't worry, we'll be here to help you through
[SIZE="1"]37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.[/SIZE]