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Old 19th May 2010, 03:42 AM
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Hello Everyone!!

My mother told me to give this a try and see if anyone can give me some advice about scoliosis. I am 23 years old and I don't know yet what my curves are but, I have a really bad time with my ribs "popping out of place" on my left side.They knock the air out of me and I usually have to go to the chiropractor to get them to put the rib head back in.

Long story short, I have an appointment to see an orthopedic surgeon here in Tulsa, OK in June to get evaluated. My chiropractor has pretty much got my front ribs to stop making me feel like I am having a heart attack and the rest of my back feeling good. Which I am down to going to him when I have an episode. He suggests that I look into some exercises and maybe SpineCor. I am really interested in it, but since I am an adult, do you think it is worth the time? I would rather not be in pain and attempt to fix as much as I can without surgery. I have seen some case studies for children and it seems like the general idea of it would work. I know since the adult growth plates have cease, will the muscles basically be placing the spine back into position as much as possible?

If anyone has any stories of using or heard of anyone using it that is an adult, I would love some advice. I just need support. My mom had horrible scoliosis and I want to do something to help myself not get that bad.

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Old 19th May 2010, 04:02 AM
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Hi Jill

welcome the site, i am sorry for what has brought you here but now you are i hope we can help and support you your journey

at 23 you have passed all your growth spurts so bracing will not reduce your curve significantly, it may help with pain but i don't want to comment too much as i have never been braced

you say you are going to see an orthopedic surgeon, you really want to ensure that he is a scoliosis/kyphosis surgeon, if not i fear you may have a wasted trip. Most orthopedic surgeons will tell you scoliosis does not hurt and your curve will never progress alas if that was the case but it is not

scoliosis does hurt and curves do progress usually a couple of degrees a year

once again welcome

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Old 19th May 2010, 10:21 AM
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Hi Jill, welcome to SSO

We have a lady who pops in here occasionally, Mamamax, who wears the Spinecor mainly to help resolve pain issues I think. She also feels that the brace has helped her stand straighter. She's generally more active on the NSF forum which is based in America - there's a thread about Spinecor here which should give you more info, or you could send her a PM here at SSO.

I'm glad you'll be seeing an orthopaedic surgeon, as you do need to know what you're dealing with. Please do ensure that the person you're seeing specialises in back deformities though, because as Mark says it is often the case that general orthopaedic surgeons don't really understand scoliosis.

Good luck!

Toni xx
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.
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Old 19th May 2010, 07:01 PM
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Hi Jill

I'm afraid I have no experience of bracing but just wanted to welcome you to the site
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Old 19th May 2010, 10:05 PM
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Howdy from Edmond,Oklahoma and welcome to the site!
I am 61 years old and the resident SSO fossil. I live in Oklahoma,USA with my husband Allen. We have one daughter Jae and she has three kids.Our grandkids are: Aidan is8. He's the one pictured in my current avatar. Jenna Jean is 7 and Ryan Allen is just 4 It's full time chaos here! I was diagnosed in 1965 at 14 years with Kyphoscoliosis and 2 curves measuring 68 and 63 degrees. My last measurements were in 2004 at 155, 88 and 55+ degrees. I have never had surgery or bracing so I now am on full time oxygen and use a Non Invasive Ventilator at night. at night.
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