Re: Scoliosis SOS Clinic, Suffolk, Ipswich
Hi Sara, welcome to SSO
I'm really sorry to hear you're having these troubles. I think it would be worth your while seeing your GP to get a referral to a scoliosis consultant (a doctor, not a physio or chiropractor) who can assess your back as it is now, just in case it has progressed at all since you last had an x-ray. It isn't likely, given that it was 17 degrees when you were a teenager, but it's worth making sure - especially if you decide to spend a lot of money having treatment!
All sorts of physio can help improve pain and posture, and you may be able to get referred on the NHS for this. Some of our members have found the Alexander Technique really helpful, so hopefully they'll be able to tell you about that.
ETA Snap, Becky
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.