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  1. #1
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    Effective Intervention

    We see the effects of continued curve progression everyday. Many of the patients who call us are woman 30-60 years of age who are now experiencing pain and functional limitations in their daily activities. Certainly many people at this age begin to experience back pain, however the 20 + degree increase in their curves since they were a teenager seems to exacerbate the situation for these patients, and going for walks, climbing stairs, or doing general household activities can be impaired. As with everything the baby boomer bubble impacts this issue and we are seeing an increase in the number of adult patients who are seeking some kind of non-operative treatment to deal with their growing problem with scoliosis. Several treatment options such as yoga, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage etc are used to manage their pain and discomfort and increase their mobility. However the benefits and role for any of these treatments is unclear and there is a need for more multidisciplinary research and coordination to develop and validate a more effective late onset treatment plan.
    Best Regards,

    JOB

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    scoliosis

    Hello Joe:

    Just wanted to thank you for the info on the subject of scoliosis.
    I have done all that I can do and continue to do so. It has been the only way for me to successfully fight this ugly disorder. The only way I have been able to resist it and not give in to its twisting desires is to do all the exercise that I can. Weight bearing and walking as often as possible. I am not generally inclined to do so, but I have inspired many of my friends to go to the gym so that whenever one of them goes they call on me to go with them. I have put a support system in place for myself. I will lift weights sometimes, walk sometimes, do pilates sometimes, do push-ups sometimes, etc. Believe me I am not an exercise nut, I am only out to fight the good fight against this thing that I sometimes want to give in to. This thing that wants to cripple me and keep me in pain and ugliness. I refuse to bow. I will fight it as long as I am able. I am sorry that so many in your family have it. I pray that they never give in to it. Like an elastic band it eventually wants you to conform to itself-don't give in.

    inhimwithyou

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    Glenview, Il. 60025
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    Surgeons

    Dr. O'Brien:
    Good evening sir. Have you ever heard of Dr. Christopher DeWald out of Chicago ILL. He's the spinal specialist I've been working with. He's told me that when the pain gets to be unbearable he'll put the harrington in.

    He believes (looking at my xrays) that my spine will stay fairly stable. I'm 54 and have a 70-80 degree lumbar curve to the left. My only discomfort is the pain from the bottom right rib cage entering the pelvic area. I'm trying to find a solution to this.

    I'm on a fairly vigorous excercise program and do own the Copes brace which I wear in the evening. ( I cannot wear the brace at work and I'm unable to sleep in it.

    I would appreciate any thoughts or opinions.

    Have a wonderful evening Dr. Also, I'm delighted to have found this website. There are some very wonderful people here.

    Regards

    Tom Hammerton

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    Dear Tom:

    I am glad you find this website helpful. I want to clarify however that I am a patient (as well as a son of a patient and the parent of three patients) like most people on this forum, but I am not a doctor.

    Yes, I do know Dr. Chris DeWald and I think he is a knowledgable, practical scoliosis specialist with a genuine concern and respect for his patients. I would suspect that your reference to a "Harrington" is not literal but rather refers to any type of instrumentation system Dr DeWald may use in the event you decide on having surgery.

    I am unclear as to how and why you are using the Copes brace. Is this for support at times when you feel like you are collapsing and get the pain at the bottom of the ribs? Is your excercising helping at all to support you and relieve the pain?
    Best Regards,

    JOB

  5. #5
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    new hope for scoilosis...

    Joe,

    I think that you will be pleased to read this as I was when I first discovered it. It is a download from a chiropractor that has spent 20 years researching different therapy and adjusting techinques to correct scoliosis. I know that he has got it right as I have used some of the techniques and I have had a reduction in my scoliotic curves(mine were never overly severe and I only had a lumbar curve as opposed to the more complicated double major and the big thoracic rib bump)

    Here is the download: http://www.clear-institute.com/pdf/S...-Dr_Woggon.pdf

    Best regards....

    Jeremy

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