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    Scoliosis anyone?

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    After several years of back pain I was finally diagnosed with scoliosis two years ago. I've never seen a specialist about this but was diagnosed via x-ray by a chiropractor. After spending a small fortune at the chiropractor (not covered by insurance or our public health care system) I stopped treatments which didn't really seem to achieve anything. I've been ticking along fine for the last 18 months and then suddenly over the last two weeks I've had an onset of constant pain for no apparent reason that I can see.

    I've got an appointment with an osteopath in the morning tomorrow which I am feeling hopeful about.

    I was just wanting to connect with others who live with this condition. I'm quite interested in what conventional and unconventional methods of treatment you have tried and what level of success you've had? How do you cope with the chronic pain?

    I'm feeling quite tearful about my pain levels at the moment so I'm keen to investigate my options.

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    I have problems from time to time~ usually a pinched nerve from something 'slipping' a bit too far. When you get it back on track, try taking nice slow walks. I find that plain old walking strengthens the muscles on either side of the spine and helps to keep the spine in place. I've had scoliosis practically all my life (birth injury) I'm 62 now, best advice, keep on moving, never let the pain beat you down. And walk. A lot.

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    I am curious to the answers here as well. I have a 13 year old with very mild scoliosis. As he is still growing, I have hopes that it will straighten up. We are seeing a family chiropractor since it is a close friend it's very cheap and my son says it feels better afterwards but we have only been a couple of times so not sure how effective.

    After reading Deep Nutrition, I started giving him lots more bone broth in hopes that will help. I know our chiropractor said for my son to always stay active, he does a lot of martial arts and he was advised to keep it up. Yoga might help as well though. He does a lot of those type of stretches.

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    I am curious to the answers here as well. I have a 13 year old with very mild scoliosis. As he is still growing, I have hopes that it will straighten up. We are seeing a family chiropractor since it is a close friend it's very cheap and my son says it feels better afterwards but we have only been a couple of times so not sure how effective.

    After reading Deep Nutrition, I started giving him lots more bone broth in hopes that will help. I know our chiropractor said for my son to always stay active, he does a lot of martial arts and he was advised to keep it up. Yoga might help as well though. He does a lot of those type of stretches.

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    To start....I only have a slight curve in the lumbar spine, but I have had herniated disc and sciatica with years of constant pain...so I can definitely relate and I feel for you.

    Well, to be honest there is no real magic bullet for scoliosis. Chiropractic care has been shown to work as well as bracing (which means its about 50/50 weather you will see positive results), and as long as your not a surgical case is probably the best option. The up side is you don't have to wear a brace 23 hours a day. However, it sounds like you were one of the unfortunate people to not respond with improved curves.

    You could consider utilizing your chiropractor primarily for flare ups since the you seemed to fall into the non responsive category with corrective treatment. When seeing the chiro for flare ups you would expect to go in for a few visits (depending how bad) just to get things moving and functioning well and to relieve the pain. Then you may just see them once every so often for a check up.

    Eat well, Staying active, learning proper spinal hygiene (how to bend, lift, get in and out of car, stretch ect.) and treating painful flare ups conservatively is what I would do. As to spinal hygiene there are "back schools" and such along with some books I'm sure. In fact here.....http://www.chirobackschool.com/pdf/C...ticle-2240.pdf is a workbook.

    Anything that is good for health is also good for your spine, so definitely focus on just being as healthy a human as you can be.
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    I've only had a bad acute case of painful scoliosis (never can remember the medical term he used) once about 2 years ago. I put my back out trying to strengthen my body through Qigong, I know, pretty ironic. It took about 5 treatments at the chiropractor to get me upright and I've been seeing him every month since then. My SI joint had also slipped out of place and that was an interesting feeling, NOT! At the time he diagnosed me with arthritis in my lower lumbar and I've had sciatica really badly only once (thank goodness, that was very tearful!). My chiropractor has told me not to bend and twist or lift and twist so I have to be very mindful when lifting heavy things (which right now is limited to planks and plank push-ups). The other advice he stands by is to ice my back often to keep inflammation down.

    Since going primal my body has had to heal the sciatica which it did in just about 6 weeks. All the while my right leg was numb. I was walking small distances (about 2km) a few times a week during that time and not lifting anything heavier than a grocery bag full of meat. Sticking to a primal diet low in carbs and not eating any glutens or grains seems to help with inflammation but icing during acute flare-ups is a key component to healing quickly.

    My spine has always had a little wow in it but it has been gradually getting better through chiropractic. If you weren't happy with the results from your first chiro it never hurts to try another one. There is another doctor in the clinic that I have seen when Dr. Bob is on vacation and he is also very good. I like having a back-up so I feel like I am being cared for just as well as I would be with my regular back doctor.
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