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vestx5
03-31-2005, 11:35 AM
Hi I have posted below already but I was just wondering if anyone ever heard of or has had it happened to them......I'm age 24 and just found out that I have scoliosis but I'm not totally sure what the degree is??? The chiro said 20 degrees but the dr. that took xrays like 10 of them, she said I do have a S-shaped and wants me to see a specialists in May. Does anyone know of an adult having their spine progress with a worst degree even at age 24??

LindaRacine
03-31-2005, 12:05 PM
Hi Vestx...

While it's rare, small curves can increase in adulthood. Larger curves (at least 40-50 degrees), often progress in adulthood. Here's an article that discusses progression in adults:

http://www.vh.org/pediatric/provider/orthopaedics/AIS/07CurveProgressionPM.html

Regards,
Linda

vestx5
04-01-2005, 09:39 AM
Thanks again Linda- You know where to get the info that's for sure! :p

Karen Ocker
04-01-2005, 04:01 PM
Linda:

That's an excellent reference.

Karen

briarrose
04-04-2005, 03:27 PM
Hi vestx5!

I'll be 23 next week. When I was 16, my curve was 18 degrees and the doctor told me I was done growing and my curve wouldn't increase. I went to have x-rays done 4 years later (age 20), because of pain, and my curve was 33 degrees. I just had x-rays done in February (age 22) and my curve stayed the same, so hopefully it's done moving. I hope yours doesn't move!

Michelle

Littleone1016
04-04-2005, 07:14 PM
I'm 24 and although my scoliosis curve is now pretty stable from fusion, my kyphosis curve is slowly progressing. I feel like I'm a kid again with having to have x-rays every 6 months to make sure that it isn't going to progress further. My doc's didn't think I would progress further either but then that is why they call the medical field "practice" :-P

Shawna72
04-07-2005, 03:12 AM
I was diagnosed at 16 with a 12 degree curvature and I have not grown since that time. I am now 33 and my curvature is much worse now. If you are female I have read pregnancy can have an effect on mkaing it worse, of which I have 2 children, so if that is what made mine worse or not I do not know as I have neglected having it looked into any further until now and when I was first diagnosed my parents couldn't afford the brace that was recommended for me and Insurance would not pay for any of it, since scoliosis was so common in girls and portrayed to us as "not a big deal" when I was 16, I haven't had xrays in between then and now to know if it progressed steadily or if preganancy was a factor, but I wish now I would have been checked all along.