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Kyphosis and scoliosis as a result of thoracic trauma.

I am a 19 year old male dealing with some major back issues. When I was 13 I had some mild compression fractures in my T2, T3, T4. They healed and I was fine for many years, but as a result of the injury now have some kyphosis and minor scoliosis. I have daily discomfort, it's affecting my schoolwork because I'm in college, and everything I do I've had to stop, like skydiving, working out etc. Everything I have read about this shows that the only treatment is surgery, and that it's a pretty major surgery and I wouldn't be able to do all the things I love to do like skydiving, running, lifting weights etc. and I'm just very concerned about it and was looking to see if anyone has had any personal experience with this or knows information about treatment and outcomes.
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  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    Bfriedman12- Welcome to Spine-Health,

    A couple of comments and questions.  First of all Kyphosis is the normal status of the Thoracic spine. (outward curve) Minor Scoliosis can be "normal" ...... it is measured in degrees of deviation - did they tell you how many degrees of lateral curvature you have??

    Can you tell us more about your discomfort??  Symptoms??  What type of doctor is managing your case?

    If the compression fractures "healed fine" then how are they explaining your discomfort?  Did your doctor put those physical limitations on you??

    Regards,

    MN
  • bfriedman12bbfriedman12 Posts: 6
    edited 12/08/2016 - 4:26 PM
    So my symptoms are lots of fatigue and tiredness in my neck and upper back. I also can just physically feel an asymmetry in my upper body and no matter how hard I try to correct it I physically cannot get myself into a completely symmetrical position no matter how hard I try, and I feel a tiny bit hunched over again no matter how hard I try. As a result, I'm unable to walk correctly and do any kind of strength training because or workouts because it's all messed up. I'm also an experienced skydiver and have been having problems with balancing myself in the air while falling because of this.

    The way it was explained to me was although the compression fractures "healed", there is always a slight wedge shaped deformity there and as a result over time has caused this to happen, especially since it happened when I was 13 and still growing. I haven't seen a specialist yet because I'm in college, just a regular doctor who told me this and said I should see a specialist. I haven't been given any exact numerical degrees of curvature, the doctor just examined me and said this and referred me to a specialist.
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  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    And the Specialist said .....
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