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  1. #76
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    Hi Aldan's Mom....

    I'd really like to encourage you to take your son to an orthopaedic scoliosis specialist. I hear what you say about the emotional aspect of bracing. Fortunately, some kids have no problem wearing the brace. Perhaps your son will be one (if he's even a candidate for it). Also, if he does need to be braced, you might want to check out the Spinecor brace. It's completely flexible, and invisible other clothing.

    So far, there is zero proof that chiropractic care can halt the progression of scoliosis curves. So, I worry that if your son only gets only chiropractic care, and his curve(s) progress to the point where surgery is necessary, you'll blame yourself. If you believe strongly that it's helping, there's no reason why you can't continue to take Aldan to a chiropractor while he's monitored by a scoliosis specialist.

    Good luck!

    Regards,
    Linda

  2. #77
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    Linda, thanks for your kind reply!

    My husband has just made this a moot point by refusing to let the chiro treat Aidan. So ... on to the orthopedist.

    AM

  3. #78
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    re chiropracters; we went to see one with our 1o year old daughter and I thought the treeatment was useless. However, considering that there are so many different types of chiropracters "out there" trying so many different treatments, i think that it might well be possible that some of them are doing some good, however, hard evidence on this is lacking. So, this is how balanced you'll get from me re chiropracters.

    Now, about your son, I understand you are panicking, giving what you've gone through yourself, but really, you need to know exactly what you are dealing with. "the beginning of scoliosis" really can mean anything and nothing; a slight curve in the early teens or below could be temporary or totally stable and of no consequence at all. Why was the x ray made, had you noticed a curving yourself? Is there a noticable rib hump when he bends forward? If so it is worthwhile to take it further and get him at least assessed by an orthopaedic doctor with experience in scoliosis (others in this forum with USA experience will tell you were to go for this). A properly taken and measured xray will give you a baseline, whilst a further xray in 6 months will give an idea of progression, if there is any.

    If it looks bad (curve over 25 degree and risk of progression) bracing might get recommended, but don't worry about that now, cross that bridge when you get there. If it isd below that level; nothing lost by trying some chiropractic treatment, as long as you make sure that he gets monitored properly in the mean time.

    So, find out what you are dealing with first, and worry after if necessary

    gerbo

  4. #79
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    I am curious if anyone with rods has seen a chiropractor, and to please share your opinions on this.
    I saw my general doctor for what I thought was sciatica (pain around the hip and a tingling down my leg) but he said it is muscle related lower back pain. He has referred me to a spine center where I will see either chiropractor to discuss treatment options. It sounds like a team of spine specialist will be available...chiros, ortho surgeons, and physical therapist. I would just like to know if anyone with rods has chiro experience before I go tomorrow so I have some info in case he wants to try to adjust me. I have been to a chiro last year and she actually tried to adjust my spine where the rods are fused, which I don't think is possible. Needless to say, I did not go back to her.
    Thanks for any help!
    Harrington Rods in 1991 at age 15
    Surgery at Scottish Rite in Dallas, TX

    Fused from T-4 to L-3

  5. #80
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    Hi Rachael...

    I've had my neck (above the fusion) and my sacrum (below the fusion) adjusted since my surgery. I don't think it would be a good idea to have any adjustment within the fusion mass. As you say, it probably wouldn't do any good, because it hopefully isn't going to move. If it does move, it's because you either aren't fused at one or more levels, or because the chiropractor cracked the fusion.

    If the chiropractor knew you had had fusion surgery, and tried to adjust you in an area within the fusion mass, I think that's probably malpractice.

    Regards,
    Linda

  6. #81
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    That's exactly what I thought. She also adjusted me above and below. That is what I am expecting from the new chiro I will see, especially below, since that is where my pain is.
    Thanks for the info.
    Harrington Rods in 1991 at age 15
    Surgery at Scottish Rite in Dallas, TX

    Fused from T-4 to L-3

  7. #82
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    i've had two chiropractors and both have been wonderful. in fact (i think i said it somewhere else), my scoliosis did not stop progressing until i started going. i realize, though, that not all chiropractors are created equal. there are some really screwy ones out there. make sure you know what you're getting in to. and try to get a dr. that's 1) worked w/scoliosis patients before and 2) graduated from palmer or logan...
    Last edited by beehappy2005; 04-25-2007 at 07:46 PM.

  8. #83
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    um who is Northland med...I don't see them on here?
    age 15
    Daughter diagnosed at age 13
    T20 l23 10-09
    T27 L27 1/2010

    T10 L 20 in brace 4/2010
    T22 L25 12/2010 out of brace
    T24 L25 7/2011 out of brace

    Type 1 diabetes- pumping
    Wearing a Boston brace and Schroth therapy
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  9. #84
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    Chiro for Scoliosis

    I have been visiting a chiropractor since 2001 when I woke up one morning and couldn't move. As one user pointed out, not all chiropractors are created equal. If your chiro tells you that he can correct a curve, then my suggestion would be to run away fast.

    However, I have had my rods out for quite a few years. The chiro I visit does Active Release Therapy when my hip bothers me, and although I hate him when I leave (it is extremely painful), by the next day or so I feel great. He also knows that my lumbar region is fused, but the other discs are not. It feels really good when he manipulates those ones....and it does relieve the pain I also feel in my rib hump.

    I'm a tough patient for him, he is sweating when he is done with me....LOL

    I actually feel much "straighter" after I leave, but really this is just my personal experience.

    Unfortunately, these sessions only last about 2 weeks at the most, and then I start to feel "crooked" - and seeing him is very expensive ($60 a shot).

    I am interested in a Spinecor brace but there are not alot of practitioners in my region that know about it.

    Anyways, my chiro does relieve some pain for me (which is extreme most days) but like I said, its very temporary. Unfortunately, the province I live in does not cover these sessions. And I found a physiotherapist to be useless...every one I visited wanted to treat me as if I was in a car accident and exercise the crap outta me which I found to be of no benefit. I want hands on, and they seem to be scared to touch me.

    Anyways, I hope this helps. Good luck with everything.
    ~ Karen ~

    2 Curvatures - 58 degrees before surgery
    1983 - Luque Rod
    1989 - Removal of Luque Rod
    Current Diagnosis:
    * rotoscoliotic deformation
    * endplate sclerosis and osteophytes
    * bilateral formanial narrowing
    * severe hypertrophic osteoarthritis at L3/4
    * osteoarthritis change in the S1 joint

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