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I was experiencing back pain all day at work today, I got home and took my shirt off, and when I looked down at my Torso I could notice that it was crooked as if my whole back has shiftet, my body litterally looks like a parenthesis when looking in the mirror. Has anyone else ever experienced something like this, it has me pretty worried, any help would be appreciated.
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replied December 13th, 2008
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do you mean that your shoulders are unlevel and your back is curved to the side its sounds as if you have scoliosis you are pretty much on your own here doctors may deny that you even have a problem if they do acknowledge that you have scoliosis they will that it is a harmless symptom of some other condition chiros and osteos are trained to eliminate such conditions however they often are unable to improve the health of people who suffer from problems you could give them a go but be wary of being ensnared by sales people who disguise themselves as healers and keep treating despite the lack of improvement its up to you your fate is in you own hands to a certain extent to find someone who has the knowledge and ability to improve your condition


good luck
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replied September 28th, 2011
Punctuation...just sayin'.
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replied December 14th, 2008
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The last place I would go to would be a chiropractor.

It sounds like you should start with your primary care doctor and see what he/she thinks to start.

Sounds like you will need a referral to a spine specialist and I would suggest that you seek the opinion of an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in spines for a thoruough evaluation to see what is going on.

Good luck

Fran
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replied December 15th, 2008
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I've been diagnosed with scoliosis, disc degenerative disease and arthritis in my lower back. I have a very good doctor who sent me to physical therapy. Unfortunatley, two months of this did absolutely nothing for me. Then my doc sent me to a chiropractor. What a difference! It really worked for me. But it's different for different people. If you've reached adulthood without noticing/ being diagnosed with scoliosis it's probably too slight for your doctor to consider surgery but physical therapy or chiropractic visits might help. My point is that there are several different ways to treat your problem. If one doesn't work, move on to the next one.
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replied December 26th, 2008
It does sound as if it may be scoliosis, though have you noticed that your body appeared to be this way before? I was diagnosed with scoliosis two years ago when I noticed for a while that my body seemed to be visibly shifted and my hips/shoulders were very uneven.

I would definitely suggest making an appointment to see an orthopedic surgeon for xrays to make sure. Like the previous poster siad, if you haven't really been diagnosed with it until adulthood it's likely that it is very slight. But it's good to get it checked out just to make sure. That wasn't the case for me, but then again I'm only 17 and was diagnosed when I was 15 and still had some growth left.

Anyway, good luck with everything!!
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replied May 7th, 2009
crooked torso
This has happened to me multiple times, especially after having my children. My hips will appear to be going the opposite direction of the rest of my body. If this is what it looks like to you, it may be the same thing. Your hips are out of place. Sometimes it can seem like one leg is longer then the other, sometimes you have pain and sometimesyou don't. It will not go away on it's own. My chiropractor has always been able to fix me almost immediately. Either way, you should see SOMEONE. Don't wait for it to become unbareable.
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replied May 7th, 2009
If you have been checked for scoliosis and not been diagnosed with it before your late teens then it sounds like you have an "antalgic posture", which just means you are bending your body to help alleviate pain in an area. It is highly recommended that you get this looked at by a chiropractic physician. This is where their exact training focuses on, and the treatment is very safe and effective.

Antonio Marotta, D.C.
marottahealthandwellness.com
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replied May 8th, 2009
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are you saying adults dont develope scoliosis
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replied September 15th, 2009
i have that prob right now..have missed 2 weekss of work and have had experienced it a few times before this current episode..for me its caused by muscle spasms that can result from limitless possibilities(however most commonly for me from sitting in restrictive environments conducive to poor posture for long periods of time..ie long airplane rides, riding in small cars, stadium seating..etc) the cure per my physician.. muscle relaxers ibuprofin and rest periods interrupted by short walks and other forms of low strain activity
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replied November 19th, 2009
my problem need help
I'm only 15 had this for like 2 or more years others cussing me saying i got an hatchback its messd my life im only 15 and my shoulders out of place like im bending down aint relly my spine its my shoulders out of place and the doctors dont say anything
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replied November 21st, 2009
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hi halo
since you are still young it is important to monitor this curvature so that it doesnt get worse. some spinal curvature specialists use bracing to try to prevent it from worsening. ask your pc physician if you should see a specialist....pete
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replied January 20th, 2010
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I know someone who has it really bad. Was diagnoosed as a teen. Could have been on disability forever. This has only slowed them down when they had their spine stretched and then put in a full body cast for a year. They are MUCH older now and are always on the go. I personally think it is what made them so strong and unstoppable as an adult. (let out of body cast and refuses to slow down.) However, most people do not have it this bad. It is a very rare case to have this done. I know somedays I see my spine shift and am in pain also. I have something out and once I sleep right it does shift back to a better angle. You may have injured yourself without knowing. Any dr can refer you to an ortho or nero. I wish you the best of luck and hope it is just a sore spot from doing too much. Try to take it easy and change the way you do things in case your spine is getting ready to buldge/herniate. Doctor will tell you.

Good luck,
bamm
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replied March 1st, 2010
I have this problem. GP's haven't a notion I wouldn't trust them for anything. Usually they'll try and give you a prescription for whatever drug is funding them on the side, maybe mix some Voltrol and Diazepam and leave you too wasted to notice the pain.
Damn them, I don't want pain killers I want you to tell me why all of a sudden my back has a kink which means my shoulders are like 4 inches further to the right than my hips!!!
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replied March 8th, 2010
This happens to me often. I have chronic back problems. My right hip becomes raised and my left shoulder dips. I become a crooked mess. I have actually learned to straighten myself out on my own. Anyway, the most common cause is a condition called left or right forward pelvis. "This is where one side is tilted forward and the opposite side tilted backward. This creates a rotation or twisting in the spine and is the most common pattern of distortion." [back-pain-advisor.com] It can be caused by habitual behavioral patterns or a traumatic event, and it is correctable.
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replied July 8th, 2010
crooked back and torso
I'm having this problem right now. Suddenly, my hips are going to the right while my shoulders are going to the left. Sirand, how do you straighten yourself out on your own?
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replied January 28th, 2013
I think you have a massive muscle spasm. I get this. My body will be shaped like a upside down y. Don't let doctors tell you this is scoliosis and you've had it all your life. You don't just suddenly wake up and notice your spine is twisted.

I recommend taking naproxin and or muscle relaxant and lying flat on your back for a day.
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replied January 29th, 2013
my back is curved from left to right in the mirror
this happens to me probably once a year for the last 30. I never have had anyone tell me what it is. I "tweak" it sometimes just riding in a car though also when lifting. It looks like my hips are straight, but just above them, my torso is twisted in one direction and kinda curved that way. It looks that way while standing normally. When this happens, I can't turn in any fashion that makes it look normal. Because of the position, part of my back gets abused and becomes painful or even spasms occur. I try to lay flat on my back on a hard surface and also use a pillow between my knees to help align it, but it is usually several painful days before I wake up and see that I am straight again. The same with when I first tweak it. If I think I hurt my back, I look in the mirror. If I am straight then it is no big deal, but if I am crooked, then I know what I am in for again.

Anyone know what it is or how to correct it faster? I always thought it was maybe a disc alignment issue.
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replied January 29th, 2013
I will say that the one time I saw someone for it and was given a muscle relaxer and pain killer, the muscle relaxer did the trick and there was no pain. not suggesting anyone take anything though if they don't need it.
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replied February 2nd, 2013
Its sciatic back pain. The asymmetrical appearance is due to muscle spasms.
The fact you have back pain at work, suggests sciatica. it can be caused by heavy lifting, or bad posture.
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replied February 2nd, 2013
Its sciatic back pain. The asymmetrical appearance is due to muscle spasms.
The fact you have back pain at work, suggests sciatica. it can be caused by heavy lifting, or bad posture.
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