I was hoping someone can help me out. I have been severely depressed over my condition for years, and I am fearing it is getting worse so now aside from how it looks, I am concerned it is going to be crushing my lungs!
I have an S shaped thoracic scoliosis convex side to the left (superiorly at angle of 20 degrees) and convex side to the right at the thoracolumbar junction at 10 degrees. Along side this, my spine is INVERTED between the shoulder blades.
So I am the opposite of a hunch back! It gets worse and worse each year, and I don't know what my options are. Two specialists have told me I have NO options! That surgery is not going to be useful to me. So What do I do?? This must be so uncommon that even google can't help me find anything on it. I've heard of flat back...but mines not even flat. it's literally just curving inward. Sometimes I really feel like there's no point in me living any more.
Scoliosis is a rather common disorder there are hundreds of scoliosis sites and forums on the Internet.
I get what you are saying about the S shape of your scoliosis i had a mild form of this condition once.
I don't quite understand what you are saying about being the opposite of a hunchback and your back curving inward. It sounds like you might be describing Kyphosis which is a formard bending of the thoracic and cervical spine.
Its strange that doctors often underestimate the problems scoliosis can cause. Have you ever tried chiropractic they are trained to deal with these problems. However there is a lot of variability in the quality of care among chiropractors. I see one every couple of months and i get great results. But some chiropractors i have seen in the past have harmed me more than they helped. I would recommend taking great care in choosing a chiropractor.
Thanks for your reply. I have not been to a chiropractor because I was told it would only be a treatment for pain rather than help align the spine back. And I can't afford that I am still a full time student.
As for the curve in my back, Kyphosis comes up as a forward bending like a hunchedback. Mine is the opposite. So if you were to look at me side on, you wouldn't see a hunch back, you would see a severe depression between the shoulder blades and the spine is curving in towards my lungs. So i also have severe shortness of breath. I just feel helpless.
you would see a severe depression between the shoulder blades and the spine is curving in towards my lungs
1) "Static Back Abdominal Contractions" (Do a Google search for the one by campus fit)
Your head should be able to reach the floor in this position. If not, put a book or two under your head for now
a) Inhale and your belly will expand up.
b) Exhale and you belly goes down.
c) As you exhale, press your middle back into the ground.
d) At full exhalation, try to lift your head and shoulders up like you are doing a little ab crunch.
Your hips flexors are tight:
2) While still in position from step one, straighten out one leg (You will have to scoot your whole body backwards about 12 inches). It will be at about a 45 degree angle.
a) Do NOT let your back arch up. Do the breathing as in step 1.
3) Repeat step 2 with the OTHER leg straightened at a 45 degree angle.
I have an S shaped thoracic scoliosis convex side to the left (superiorly at angle of 20 degrees) and convex side to the right at the thoracolumbar junction at 10 degrees.
4) Do a Google search for "Spine-Worx Back Realignment Device"
This is NOT for such extreme curve as yours. But follow this concept and instead roll up a bath towel. Roll both sides inwards so you get 2 ridges just like the spine-worx device. Like back onto it so the ridges hit the muscles on each side of your spine.
Hi Again Oakjdee Its terrible that you are getting little help from doctors. I would think they should be really concerned about your breathing troubles. i get what you are saying about how your spine curves inwards.
I am not trying to push Chiropractic on you but Chiropractors are supposed to be able to realign spines to a certain extent, its what they are trained to do. Doctors are very skeptical of chiropractors and rightly so i think to a certain degree. Some chiropractors claim their adjustments can fix anything surely some of their claims are overblown.
I am guessing you are fairly young you mention being a student. You should be aware that there is a difference between adult onset and adolescent onset Scoliosis, with adolescent onset usually being the more severe form of the condition. Also chiropractic care is thought to be less effective in the treatment of adolescent onset scoliosis as are most other treatments sorry about that.
I know Scoliosis can make you miserable bu don't give up hope you can always change doctors if you feel your doctor is not giving their all to your health concerns.
Some people have reported improvements from wearing a brace or doing exercise like swimming.
Thanks so much for everyone's help. That's okay Peter thank you for your time as well to write back to me. I will see if I can get maybe government help in finding a chiropractor. Sometimes they offer health funds like that.
Myopractic also thank u for ur help... I will try these exercises maybe it will relieve the pain. I have been trying to strengthen my back muscles in the gym, so well see how it goes. I appreciate everyone's time and input. Means a lot.