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Thread: Trying to find out if my scoliosis has increased in severity

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    Cool Trying to find out if my scoliosis has increased in severity

    Hi, I was told by my chiropracter about 6 years ago that I had scoliosis of the spine. He showed me my x-ray and it looked like an S. He did not refer me to another doctor. I recently read a book on scoliosis and asked my orthopedic doctor about getting another x-ray to see if it has worsened in degree. He said that they did not have the right x-ray machine and said that I should not be concerned unless I had a 70-80 degree curve. The book said 30-40 degree. I need to know what I should do next.. am I just being to cautious? Any responses will be greatly appreciated. Thanks Dee
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    DEE - Chiropractors are not the right person to give advise about scoliosis. His statement about 70 -80 degrees is absolutely incorrect. You should definitely see an orthopedic doctor that specializes in scoliosis. Years ago before I found my scoliosis surgeon, I went to a chiropractor, and I remember it like it was yesterday.... he told me that he could straighten my spine. I was also concerned about having a child in the future - his response was that spines straighten after having a child - BOTH WERE INCORRECT. Do you suffer from pain? Regardless, I would seek help with a scoliosis surgeon. Good luck - LYNN
    1981 Surgery with Harrington Rod; fused from T2 to L3 - Dr.Keim (at 26 years old)
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    12/07/2010 Surgical stabilization L3 through sacrum with revision harrington rod instrumentation, interbody fusion and pre-sacral fusion L5-S1 - Dr. Boachie (at 56 years old)
    06/11/14 - Posterior cervical fusion C3 - T3 (Mountaineer System) due to severely arthritic joints - Dr. Patrick O'Leary (at age 59)

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    I know that now

    I was told by my ortho that it would need to be 70-80 degrees, the chiropractor said he could straighten mine and I believed him, but I dont anymore. I have read in a book that I should become concerned if it reaches 30-40 degrees. Do you have any info on where to look for a good ortho surgeon in my area? Im in Mishawaka Indiana.. Dee
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    DeeDee...

    You can find a list of specialists here:

    http://www.srs.org/locator/locator.asp?mode=search

    Be sure to find someone who treats adults.

    Regards,
    Linda

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