Potential solution to the pain
I'm fairly new to this site, but I wanted to share my experiences with pain. I have a moderate case of scoliosis and started having pain at 22. I have tried every alternative therapy and non-surgical approach I could find. I am now 30 and wanted to get this under control so I can have children. After all that I have tried, I believe I have found the solution. In September, I got a SpineCor brace and have been in a fairly intense treatment program that involves wearing the brace for 20 hrs/day, chiropractic visits, a high protein/low calcium diet, and occular vestibular exercise. I started this just to relieve my pain, but I am on tract for some correction as well, which I wasn't expecting! At my one month checkup, I showed correction in 2 of my curves and significant reduction in pain. My x-rays were taken in the brace, but the next visit will include x-rays out of the brace to see if the curves are holding. I will update you again after my next visit.
Before deciding to do this, I spoke with two other women who had gone through the treatment and both had relieved symptoms and significant correction that is holding! I have been impressed so far and I'm optimistic about having a life free of pain. I'm happy to discuss any of the details of the treatment. It takes a huge life adjustment and is pricey (my insurance has covered some of it), but I think it will be well worth it if it relieves my pain and I don't have to have surgery! I hope if you are experiencing pain and considering surgery that you will consider this as a promising alternative.
Diagnosed at age 13 with Scoliosis, pain began at age 22, braced with SpineCor brace at age 30.
Curve measurements on 9/23/08 before Spinecor Brace:
26 - cervical
40 - thoracic
42 - lumbar
Curve measurements on 10/23/08 with brace:
23 - cervical
40 - thoracic
37 - lumbar
My pain has decreased significantly, and I'm excited about my 3 month checkup!