Hi,

I'm new to the forum and have a question regarding compensatory curves. When I went for a second surgical opinion, the surgeon insisted that my 45* thoracic curve was structural and my 50* lumbar curve is my compensatory curve. Now I know that my lumbar curve is structural, as this is the curve that was treated while I was a teenager. By the time I had finished growing my lumbar curve measured 36* and I did not have a thoracic curve; that came later. The surgeon also told me it is unusual to have a compensatory thoracic curve, usually it's the other way around.

Another surgeon told me he would only fix my lumbar curve and let the compensatory thoracic curve self correct.

Perhaps this is a question Linda could answer.

Thanks,

Diane