View Full Version : Treating scoliosis caused by trauma

03-30-2016, 11:40 AM

I'm a 21 year old male. I have recently developed mild scoliosis as a result of trauma and I am looking for input on how to correct this.

This time last year I was working out a lot and being very active in general. There was no one thing that caused it but I began to feel a growing ache in my low back. I worked out through it but eventually stopped when it became clear it was more than muscular. I went to a physician who said I had compressed a vertebrae. I then went to a PT who prescribed me an exercise routine. The exercise size got rid of my low back pain in about two months. Since the onset of the low back issue, however, pain had started to flair up around my mid-back. This pain did not stop once the initial injury was taken care of. It grew worse throughout the year. I saw the PT again and he gave me different things to do. However, this time his recommendations haven't fixed the pain. That brings me to now.

Now I'll describe what I think is going on. This is just my opinion and is not backed by a physician. I think I developed a slight S curve to compensate for the compressed disc. When I use my phone to look at my back I can sometimes, but not always, see this. However, there is definitely some asymmetry in the musculature of my back overall. Things on the right seem to be lower. Additionally, when I bend over I have a clear raised hump on the right side. I think this is from my spine twisting, and this would explain why the worst of the pain is localized on my back right where my ribcage starts. Sometimes there is no pain, but most times it feels like it needs to be cracked, and then sometimes it hurt hurts bad enough where I just have to lie down and wait for it to pass.

My plan now is to get a regular PT. I also have a few other ideas and I would love any input on those or any input at all. I've read exercises that involve torso twisting might be helpful and also some kind of deep massage. I do feel like my back is very tight. I'm confident the problem can be mostly fixed with the right combination of stretching and exercise I just don't know what to do.

Thanks for any advice!

03-30-2016, 12:33 PM
Hi! You probably did not developed scoliosis now, you had it before but you didn't pay attention until your back started to hurt. May I ask you what do you mean by working out? What kind of activity/sport it is and how did you injured your disc?
Also, there is no strong evidence that any kind of excercise will reduce your scoliosis curve, it could help with the pain. If you haven't noticed your scoliosis until now, it probably isn't that bad and your pain isn't caused directly by the curve. If you are concerned and think that you need to check out your scoliosis, you will need to do an x-ray to see how bad it is. The best solution is to see a scoliosis specialist.

03-30-2016, 12:49 PM
Well it is easy to see why I hurt my low back. I wrestled in high school and did gymnastics in college. I also worked out with weights regularly, all involved low back intensive things. So when I hurt my back it made sense but nothing happened that would make sense for me to have chronic pain this young. And my low back is completely pain free now. The specific injury was compressed vertebrae. More so on my right side than my left. That was found with an x-ray.

03-30-2016, 02:52 PM
You already have xray of your spine, did they mention the degree of your scoliosis? It would be helpful if you could post xray here.
Is it compresion fracture what you are talking about? At what vertebrae did it exactly occured?

03-30-2016, 04:36 PM
I got the x-ray right after the initial injury. So they didn't mention scoliosis, and what I am feeling now wasn't prevalent enough for me to ask about it. That is kind of why I suspect it slowly developed as a result of my body compensating. The vertebrae was probably L2 or the one above and below it.

03-30-2016, 04:38 PM
And, yes, it was a compression fracture.