My 22 year old son as mild scoliosis. It's not bad enough for surgery. He has chronic pain in the areas around his shoulder blades. He has lots of "knots" that you can feel in the soft tissue of those areas. The doctor prescribed him mobic and suggested physical therapy. Do any of you with scoliosis have this kind of chronic pain and what helps you? He has taken lortab which helps but he knows he can't take that all the time.
I get this pain constantly. I'm also 22 years old. The docs never let me get surgery because it's not "bad enough", but I feel like it's getting worse. Do you think it would be better to just get the surgery now?
Physical Therapy and anti inflammatory meds helped me. Unfortunately, my stomach can no longer take the Mobic or other NSAIDS and being that your son is young, it's not a medication most people can tolerate for years on end. Physical therapy helps get out the large muscle spasms and line my spine back up as much as it can be. There's always an area of tightness since my spine isn't straight and the twisting makes it overall shorter.
I'd get addditional consults before having back surgery. It's very risky of course and you can't un do it. A chiropractor that can help undo the muscle spasms and realign the spine sounds like a good option.
Acupuncture sometimes help. I do physical/physio therapy all the time. Now I do it once a month for my own jaw issue. I have bad spine/scoliosis and my shoulders always have problems. My spine is the birth-defect issue so nothing I can do to change. I am now in the 50s. But this therapist I found last year is really good. She tries to pull my muscles. Lying down on the floor flat for 10 minutes every night can help the spine/back to recover its right posture.
I don't think med helps. I only take Tylenol or Advil. But so far I use deep blue or ice cold blue gel for pain. The lotion on the back helps more than any med.
I don't suggest that he uses more medications. Try to find a good therapist and work with it. Acupuncture can help to relieve the pain. Try those pain thermo stuff or Bengay for pain relief.
Don't lift heavy stuff or groceries.
Unfortunately, pain is just something that comes with having scoliosis. I have a severe case, and have had multiple surgeries. You and your son are lucky to have not had to go through that. I am on pain meds, and also get trigger point injections. It helps a little. I hope you guys find a way to help ease some of his symptoms!