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isle23iisle23 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Scoliosis
alright heres the deal, im 18 years old, and i have a dowagers hump. i do daily stretches and stuff to ease the pain but there is not really too much pain. i got to the chiropractor once a month and he adjusts me or whatever, but i have a feeling he should be doing something more, referring me to someone maybe or something, ive asked him if there are surgical routes i can go down or anything and he said no, but i see people getting surger for bck pain,kyphosis etc. i can still do everything that i want to do but its just the visual aspect of the curve thats unapealing, anyone got any advice?


  • I have one of those as well my Pain Management doc said I need to see a spinal surgeon. Your family doctor should be able to refer you to one.
  • I had kyphosis surgery at 16, but I know that for me, the surgery was more because of the damage the kyphosis had done to a disk (that had split and herniated because of the pressure of the kyphosis) so they straightened the kyphosis as well because they were operating anyway.

    I think it's important that you see a surgeon even if its just to confirm that you don't need surgery. But it's worth checking out because if its unstable it may cause more damage - chances are that if its not causing you too much pain then it's stable and therefore safe to leave, but I would really recommend seeing a surgeon to get it checked.

    Also, the surgeon may say that the kyphosis can be fixed by wearing a spine brace for a while, which is obviously much better than surgery if it can be used.

    hope everything goes okay for you

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