Over the last 6 years I started to really have upper back pain and sometimes lower back pain.. so I decided to get checked out. I have a curve when I bend over forward, visible when I don't stand up strait as I can. My wife was giving me a back rub and she said "Babe you have to stand up straighter or you will be hunched over when you are older"... I'm 31year old Male. This triggered me finally going in to a chiropractor and he said he could manage the pain but my back would never go back to being normal again. I went to the doctor and here are the findings. I'll be going to a Spine specialist in 2 weeks to be evaluated for what options I do have if any.
I'm posting this because 2 weeks is awhile and I was hoping someone here could look at the results and tell me what you think.. how bad is it really?
XRAY THORACIC SPINE, TWO VIEWS
Findings: There is a slight right lower thoracic scoliosis (approximately 14 degrees from T8 to T12, apex at T10). The thoracic kyphosis is markedly increased with it's apex around the lower thoracic spine where there is moderate anterior wedging of T11 and slight anterior wedging at T12. There is no sign of new injury, and these are most likely older compressions (although clinical correlation is recommended). Mid thoracic disc spaces are difficult to evaluate but appear somewhat decreased. Pulmonary soft tissues cannot be adequately evaluated in these views.
1. Slight right lower thoracic scoliosis
2. Marked lower thoracic kyphosis
3. Anterior compression fractures at T11 and T12, most likely chronic in nature
4. Suggested degenerative disc disease in the mid thoracic spine
XRAY LUMBAR SPINE, THREE VIEWS
Findings: There is no significant height discrepancy noted at the femoral heads. A slight left lumbar scoliosis is present (less than 12 degrees). The gravitational line from L3 falls approximately 1.5 cm posterior to the sacral base and the lumbosacral disc angle measures approximately 21 degrees. There is slight anterior wedging of T12 and L1 without sign of new injury. This is most likely chronic. Slight anterior spurring with associated disc narrowing is also present at T12-L1. There is early narrowing of the lumbosacral disc space. Other visualized disc and articular spaces are maintained. Soft tissues are unremarkable.
1. No significant short leg
2. Slight left lumbar scoliosis
3. Marked posterior lumbar weight bearing
4. Chronic slight anterior wedging, T12 and L1.
5. Slight discogenic spondylosis, T12-L1.
6. Early degenerative disc disease, L5-S1.
So could surgery fix this? Something that could be fixed without surgery, or am I stuck with this the rest of my life?
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