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Thread: Rescues + Hiking with Scoliosis

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2011

    Rescues + Hiking with Scoliosis

    I'm 26 and recently diagnosed with scoliosis because of a pelvic tilt / leg length discrepancy. My posture is not the best but you couldn't normally tell I have scoliosis. I've read alot of posts on this forum but I cant seem to find my answers. I've volunteered with sheriff search and rescue for many years now and I also work for the state park doing search and rescue. I have had back pain for years now.

    My main question is:

    If I continue to hike 3-10 miles a day with a 60 pound pack on my back doing rescues will my scoliosis progress in to some thing worse? If I continue what types of problems mite I face?

    Thanks for all the great info on here.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Use a backpack that supports all the weight on your hips. I have posted on this before, if you wish I can dig it out.

    Having backpack straps that pull down on your shoulders probably isn’t a great idea....the shoulder straps should balance the pack, not support any weight.

    Having a scoliosis means that it should be monitored with some sort of frequency. (x-rays) A scoliosis trained orthopedic surgeon should be used, and these questions directed at him.

    Where do you do rescues?
    49 yr old male, now 63, the new 64...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PSA T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion

    My x-rays

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    I use a naos 85 arcteryx for my main pack. They make the rolls royce of packs. Many adjustments, frame bent to the shape of your back, torso strap on a rotating disk.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    The sheriff will dispatch us all over southern california, but we do have our primary area. For the state park I do SAR up at mt san jacinto.

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