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trishttrish Posts: 2
edited 01/13/2013 - 7:57 AM in Lower Back Pain
My husband was born with Curvature of the spine,
he was offered surgery at the age of 10, this he declined.
over the years it hasnt caused him to much trouble, as he went into the army.... however as a chef in the army, he did (as u can imagine) lots of standing..

Now since turning about 40 (8 years ago) the pain has gotten worse after a major car crash... but nothing has really been done by the GP.. he was sent to Physio a few years back which i think helped for a while, but now its getting worse...

So now...{8 years later} He stands all day in his job {factory Supervisor) and as long as he keeps active, but if he lies down for to long, hes in agony and has started to get twitchy at night, as well as restleg leg syndrome.... I made him visit the DR and he has been told he has Muscle Spasms, and needs to be massaged daily to help this also a course of Naproxen.

I have recently broken my wrist so cant do it for about 4-6weeks, so not too sure what we will do,
Has anyone else got this and what have you been recommended?

thank you in advance for any info!
Trish xx

He is also awaiting new Physio


  • Hi Trish. Massages can certainly help muscle issues but if your husbands spine condition was serious enough that surgery was considered as a child I would certainly if I was him be interested in how the dr knows its only muscle now. Has he had any sort of imaging? I presume at 10 he had some scoliosis so even an X-ray should indicate how that might be going. A CT or MRI would be a better idea though to see how the discs and nerevs are. Many spine issues comtinue to get worse as people get older. So I suggest some more Investigative action if physio and massage seem to be getting nowhere. Good luck
  • HI there. Yes, has he had any imaging of his back? Massages can help but they can also relax the core muscles in a way that actually is worse for a back already at risk. So agree, he needs to be sure he knows his condition before going down that path.

    I think a phsyiatrist is a place to start because it's a doctor and trained PT team to deal with spines and they will be very careful to watch his progress (or regress) after each session. They will also stop if they think they are doing more harm than good and send him for images.

    Good luck.
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