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Amiequi09
02-19-2010, 07:36 PM
Hi everyone!

I'm new here, and am debating about having surgery in the next couple years because I will still be on my parents insurance. I'm 18 and in college, but am not sure If i want to have the surgery because I am an active horseback rider. I have a 40 degree curve, which I know isn't horribly bad, but it has been progress a little each year. I wore a brace in middle school for two years, which signifigently reduced my curves progress.

Does anyone know how surgery would affect my riding? I jump, do dressage, barrel race....pretty much anything you can think of and am studying facility management.. Would I still be able to ride like I do now?

Pooka1
02-19-2010, 08:17 PM
Oops. Typed an answer to something you didn't ask.

I hope people comment on this. I would like to know the answer. My impression is that certain fusions would be an actual advantage in dressage at least. I don't know that though.

It probably won't make a difference for jumping or gymkhana events but I don't know that.

titaniumed
02-19-2010, 09:08 PM
I have some issues absorbing shock while skiing. This happens at about 30mph. I have a full fusion, so shocks are an issue. Discs provide shock. I had issues riding horses before, and have not ridden after my surgeries.

Before my surgeries, I would ski with a soft brace. This would be of some value for you on your horse.

Making a decision to have scoli surgery based on insurance alone is hard to justify....There is quite a bit more to making your decision, we talk about it here all the time.

If you have scoli, you will need timely x-rays to monitor your curves. Once per year, and try to get your own copies. Burned digital is best, and of course, dated. Some scolis can hold, some do not. 1 degree per year progression is the number that is chiseled into stone. I had twin 50s when I was your age, and made it to age 49.

Welcome to the forum
Ed

Shari
02-19-2010, 09:11 PM
I was never a show rider, but I I love riding. You are young and you will heal faster and easier than some us older broads. I am T-1 to L-5. I don't know how much of a fusion you will have.

I ride my horse, but he's very gentle with me. So I can't answer your question directly. This may be something you have to decide for yourself post-op.

Love my horses too,
Shari

txmarinemom
02-19-2010, 11:45 PM
Some scolis can hold, some do not. 1 degree per year progression is the number that is chiseled into stone. I had twin 50s when I was your age, and made it to age 49.

ED. You can't say some hold, then say 1 per annum is ~chiseled~.

Yeah, monitoring is required ... either way. :)

titaniumed
02-19-2010, 11:56 PM
Its the "text book" number that is used. The "general progression" figure that is used.

Maybe its the average of adult progression? I dont pay attention to stats or figures too close. Too many parameters involved.
Ed

titaniumed
02-20-2010, 12:09 AM
As positive as I try to be, after watching some vids Sharon posted on another thread, I really am perplexed as to how many tests have to be done and proven until a "cure" happens.

Still trying to analyse the significance of the monolith in 2001 A space oddity. Its been 41 years. LOL

"Calm blue ocean"
Ed