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Deborah Thompson

Hi everyone. My 13 year old daughter is in a lot of pain from her lower back. When she was 6 she was diagnosed with scoliosis but the doctors say she grew out of that. Now my pain management doctor wants her to go through physical therapy (even though she hasn’t seen her yet) before doing anything else.

The problem is that it’s standing and moving that hurts the worst for her. She’s waking up at night from the pain and unable to walk at points. Gym class is torture (since she has issues walking.) 

Do any of you think physical therapy would be helpful? The more walking she does the worse she gets. I feel like if she does physical therapy she’ll end up in a worse condition. Should I try to find a pediatric doctor for her since my doctor won’t see her? 

Thanks everyone in advance,

Alexander Hamilton 



  • hi alexanderhamilton

    welcome to spine-health

    this must be a huge worry for you and frustrating all at the same time.

    if you are worried about your daughter receiving physiotherapy treatment without investigation, your best course of action would be to find a spinal specialist to investigate further and maybe diagnostic imaging would be suggested.

    if your daughters walking is being affected, that should be investigated really.

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  • MarWinMarWin OhioPosts: 705

    It'd be best to get your daughter to see a specialists sooner rather than later. Your first order would be to determine if this is truly scoliosis and what type. Meaning, is it a standard S curve, or double-S, is there a twist? How is it affecting the load-bearing joints such as the shoulders, hips, and knees? 

    At the same time, it is not good for a child to have so much limited movement. Actually the same applies for anyone of any age. The saying "The more you do something, the more you need it" applies. So if you are not used to moving much, and when you have the need to get up and move, your body counter-reacts and defends itself by locking up. Hence, causing pain. 

    Part of me agrees with PT, but the majority of me says stay away for now. I agree with it in that you have to perform movements. I stay away from it because the movements prescribed can often be wrong for your needs. PT often tries to get you to stretch then strengthen in a unilateral manner (meaning focusing the movements on the the affected or opposite side), rather than getting the muscles to release, stretch, and strengthen in a bilateral fashion (meaning equal work for both left and right sides of the body regardless of the affected side). 

    Please keep us updated. God Bless!   

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  • L4_L5LL4_L5 Posts: 1,476
    edited 04/02/2018 - 11:06 AM

    She should get a permission slip from her doctor to be excused from gym IMO.

    If it were me I would book an appmt with a neurosurgeon and request an MRI. 

    Insurance companies love to push physical therapy but given no one even knows what her true issue is PT could be a waste of time and/or aggravate the existing underlying issue.

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