Re: Scoliosis SOS Clinic, Suffolk, Ipswich
Braces are generally only prescribed once a curve reaches 20 degrees, though there are lots of people who think that treatment should be started before then. It's difficult really as braces are hard to tolerate, and they are usually designed just to hold your curves rather than correct them permanently, with the goal being to prevent the curve progressing to 40 degrees (which is when surgery starts to be thought about).
If you get referred back to a scoliosis surgeon, do ask them if they can recommend to your GP that you get some physio or pain management on the NHS (there are special pain management clinics which you can be referred to; they can offer more options than the GPs can). The consultants themselves are mostly concerned with monitoring kids with scoliosis and doing surgeries, so if you're an adult with a subsurgical curve there is little they themselves can do. However, your GP will probably be more willing to refer you for physio or to a pain clinic with a letter from the consultant.
I had myofascial release work done by an NHS physio, specifically for spasmed-up trapezius muscles (quite a few of us here have that problem). It works well, though you need to keep up with stretching exercises to strengthen the muscle and keep it supple once it has been released. There are also certain drugs that work as gentle muscle relaxants, which a pain clinic may be able to prescribe.
Carolad is the member who you should speak to about the Alexander Technique, as she's had success with this. I'll let her know about this thread
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.