Anyone have Scoliosis?

My physiotherapist has said I have slight scoliosis, not enough to cause a major problem and barely noticeable to the untrained eye. I always thought I was slightly wonky and this makes sense. I am going to go back to my physio and get some info from her, but I was there for another reason at the time and didn't think of asking.

Has anyone else got it? What kind of exercises are there to help realign the spine? I've heard yoga and pilates help.
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I have scoliosis. The last time I saw my back doctor (5 years ago) the curvature was just on the border of needing surgery but luckily my back hadn't seen much more movement so surgery wasn't necessary. My back causes the worst pain I've ever felt sometimes though where I'm crying because the pain is so bad and constant, feels like my back is caving in. I'm 25 but sometimes I feel so much older. I need to go back to my doctor soon for another check up. Scared to death I'll need surgery since other people I know who have had back surgery still have pain like always but then again its better to have surgery when you're relatively young and can heal faster.

I have to be careful about the shoes I wear when I'm on my feet for a long time. hehe I wore flipflops to a museum this summer (I know, great idea, right?) and ended up sitting on benches with the 60 year olds who understood my pain.

I haven't been loyal to my yoga practice lately and my back notices that. Yoga helps my back tremendously by keeping the rest of my body strong (ex. stomach muscles so my back doesn't work as hard) and by keeping me aware of how I use my body (posture/alignment). Definitely recommend yoga. I love the AM/PM Yoga DVD by Gaiam though if you can find a good yoga teacher who could adjust poses just for you that's probably the best. They also make yoga DVDs for people with back pain but I haven't tried those yet.
I have mild scoliosis. My biggest problem is not carrying too much on my back/shoulders. That means I can't use those cute totes to carry my books to class; I have to use an actual backpack with proper support.

Try cleaning out your purse regularly. It helps lighten the load on your back; sometimes I think women really do carry all but the kitchen sink with them!
I have 's' type scoliosis.

I was diagnosed young (about 12 yo) and wore a Milwaukee brace for two years. After that time, the curvature remained the same, not better but also didnīt progress.
I also have mild lordosis.

The doctor felt that surgery was necessary because the curvature was severe although not progressive, but my parents (both are doctors) refused it.

25 years later, the curvature has been stable and hasnīt caused problems to me.
No pain at all, not (very) noticeable to people, I exercise regularly (swim and ballet dance), I've been overweight, etc.

Several studies show that it is still not clear whether moderate scoliosis has a better outcome with or without treatment.
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At my last gyno visit, my provider said one of my shoulders appears to be slightly higher than the other. I have had constant, 24/7, top-of-the-shoulder and base-of-neck pain for about 6-7 years now, some days worse than others.

I tried to call the practices she recommended, but keep getting bounced from one office to the next. This office doesn't see patients for back pain, but the office they direct me to, says I need to see the office that referred me to them.

My sister has scoliosis, hers was diagnosed when she was about 17. I don't know if I have it or not, but I have been through rounds of physical therapy in the past which have not helped. At the time of the PT, though, they didn't say anything about scoliosis.

My NP was the first person to ever comment on the asymmetry of my shoulders, though. I got too frustrated with the aforementioned phone tag and plan to just bring it up again when I see her again next week. I just want the pain and stiffness to go away.

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very mild, never needed surgery. My back hurts like a son of a gun if I'm on my feet for too long.
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I was told by a doctor I have some; I never have back pain (I'm grateful! I'm very grateful!), can wear any shoes I'm willing to endure, and can carry any type of purse.

IOW, it has had no effect on me whatsoever.
I have 's' type scoliosis.

I was diagnosed young (about 12 yo) and wore a Milwaukee brace for two years. After that time, the curvature remained the same, not better but also didnīt progress.
I also have mild lordosis.

The doctor felt that surgery was necessary because the curvature was severe although not progressive, but my parents (both are doctors) refused it.

25 years later, the curvature has been stable and hasnīt caused problems to me.
No pain at all, not (very) noticeable to people, I exercise regularly (swim and ballet dance), I've been overweight, etc.

Several studies show that it is still not clear whether moderate scoliosis has a better outcome with or without treatment.
Originally Posted by maria_i
the same type of thing happened to my childhood friend. around the same ageat one of the school screeings for scoliosis is when they first noticed it. she had to wear a brace and eneded up having surgery. but she never had any pain and danced throughout elemntary and high school and was a swimmer in high school too.
I have it, but have never been told how bad it is. And I can't say that scoliosis is the cause of my bad back. I attribute that more to posture problems.
Thanks everyone. I don't have back pain but have more of an ache that sets up in my neck and shoulders. I do lumbar twists pretty much every day and my back clicks all over the place. Sometimes I have to do them in the middle of the night and then I fall straight back to sleep, if I don't do them I'm awake for ages or until I do. There is one bone in my back that won't click though and I think that's where the bend is. I'm going to get my physio to work on it.
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I have scoliosis. I was diagnosed when I was 12 and my case was pretty severe so I had to have surgery to fix the curvature of my spine. I'm 29 now, and haven't had any major problems since. My spine is straight now thanks to the rods that were attached to my spine. I weight train, stand for long periods of times, wear stilettos, etc. without any problems.
I have a fairly severe curvature that was just 1 or 2 degrees shy of requiring surgery, a brace, or both. It was diagnosed when I was about 10 or so and then monitored throughout my teens.

My spine is curved and my ribcage is twisted as well, which is pretty common with scoliosis, although most docs and patients seem to focus only on the spine for some reason.

I have pain, but not usually severe these days. It gets worse as I get older [I'm 39 now]. I find that if I don't stick to my yoga practice, it really hampers me. The pain is basically gone when I am consistent with yoga.

When I was first diagnosed, they recommended sit ups for me. Really, anything that strengthens your core is excellent for it, and swimming is very good too.
My younger sister has it. Her case is mild and she wasn't diagnosed until she was an adult. She has one leg shorter than the other, but I don't really know many details.

She goes to the chiropractor regularly. She says that helps by keeping the rest of her body in good alignment, etc.
I have scoliosis - an "s" curve (R thoracic, L lumbar) of 38 and 39 degrees, respectively. I very much recommend yoga to help - your best bet would be to train with a real yoga teacher who can help with positioning. I went to a yoga for scoliosis retreat this summer and one-on-one training is fabulous for scoliosis because body-awareness can be impacted by a curved spine. For instance, you might think you're in a balanced position when you're not; a teacher can point out where you need to stretch more or lift higher, etc. The best-known teacher of yoga for scoliosis is Elise Browning Miller. She has books and DVDs available. Here's her website:
http://www.yogaforscoliosis.com/index.htm

Good luck to you!
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