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I have scoliosis. About 5 years ago I had physical therapy to strengthen my back and that helped that flare up. Now I have another flare up of back pain and I think the curve in my back might be getting worse and no insurance and I'm trying to decide what to do.<br><br>
Just wondering what treatments, interventions, home treatments worked for you as well as what kind of providers do you see? I think I prefer physical therapy but I'm wondering what a chiropractor or other specialist might do for scoliosis.<br><br>
PS Does anyone else with back trouble think that dishes are the bane of their existence? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Have you tried an osteopath?<br><br>
Ironing is the bane of my existence. And vacuuming. And mopping.
 

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Rolfing? (I've had only one session so far, but it was lovely)<br><br>
Emptying the dishwasher, putting on socks and underwear = bane of my existence.
 

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i also have scoliosis and have been having a lot of pain lately. I found a group called pain specialists that say they specialize in non surgical pain relief, I am thinking of seeing how much it will be to go there. I do some yoga and make sure i stretch at least once a day. i like ot do dishes more than any other housework, but the angle i have to be in to bend over the sink hurts too much<br>
i had to scrub out a casserole dish and i brought it up onto counter to work on and that seemed to help.
 

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I had my scoliosis diagnosed in 2005 through a chiropractor that does rehabilitative therapy. I never knew I had it before then. I just thought that my left side was "fatter" than my right side and I didn't know that my higher right shoulder meant that it was due to a curve right there. I have an "S" shaped curve. The worst curve was 19 degrees. My chiropractor had me do head weights, waist weights, wedges to lay on, special exercises all 2 X per day, along with getting chiropractic adjustments 3 X per week and 3 months later had a follow up x-ray and my largest curve had gone down to 16 degrees, and I had regained the curve in my neck (no more forward head syndrome). Then I did rolfing after that. I did the full 10 sessions and oops I was accidentally pregnant during the last few of them and didn't know it. I haven't had any x-rays since then, and haven't been doing the exercises regularly. I think that my spine might be slightly better still. Definitely not any worse than it used to be. Chiropractic adjustments take care of the pain for me.
 

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I've had problems from scoliosis in my lower spine (by my sciatic nerve) since my teens. In my 20's a doctor recommended exercises that strengthened the muscles that support the spine (and, that includes the abdominal muscles) to take pressure off the spine. It helps alot.<br><br>
Anytime I back off doing regular exercise for the muscles that support the spine, I'm apt to wind-up with pain. When it gets really bad (as in needing bed rest), I find a chiropractor can speed along recovery.
 

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Thanks ladies! As much as I wouldn't wish this on someone else, it is nice to know that there are other mamas out there dealing with the same thing.<br><br>
I haven't tried an osteopath--that sounds like a good idea. I have never heard of rolfing--just looked it up and it sounds great! I would love to do that. I would also LOVE to do yoga again. I have some yoga dvds but my kids interfere too much and I can't see myself paying for a class right now...Maybe I could use some of my precious after-the-kids-go-to-bed time for yoga and stretching every day. I would prefer morning but it is just so difficult logistically.<br><br>
ThereseReich thanks for telling all those details. Quite the involved treatment plan!<br><br>
Naturalyst, I was actually kind of hoping to learn that exercises had been a good solution for somebody. I think that back strengthening exercises at home would be the least expensive route for me. Maybe if I can find my notes from my physical therapist 5 yrs ago and start doing those again...if that doesn't work I can look into actually seeing somebody again.
 
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