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!
I am 63 years old and have struggled with scoliosis and other serious cervical neck and lumbar issues all my life. I have persevered with stretching, PT and chiropractic and to the surprise of several neurosurgeons, I have avoided all surgeries. Most recently my chiropractor referred me to Injury Specialists in Frontenac, Mo. This anesthesiologist pain specialist administered paravertebral injections and trigger point injections which have helped break the muscle spasms in my neck, shoulders and upper back. My shoulder blades are level now for the first time in decades and I am able to squeeze them together without extreme pulling to the left. I will continue to work with the MD and the chiropractor thru the plan for more injections working down my back. I now have hope for continued relief of pain, improving balance and increased strength!
That's great your getting pain relief and your spine straightened out. Do you know what medication is used in the injections? Is it steriods?
The anesthetic is Marcain (e?). I could have had steroid with it, but I declined because steroids can raise eye pressure (glaucoma, which I have BECAUSE of steroid eye drops.) I work with stretching and strengthening exercises, chiropractic and massage to maintain the improvement from the injections. I take only Anaprox DS 2x/day for pain for 17 years (NSAID). I return to Dr. Feinberg this Wed To continue the injection plan. I go for chiropractic and massage immediately afterwards, and twice a week while going through this treatment, which has been amazing!
Hi Lexie Leggs,
Marcaine is an anesthetic that makes the area numb for a period of time. I'd guess it could last for up to 12 hours depending on how much is injected. I had shots of this or similar before my hand surgery and my fingers stayed numb for about 12 hrs.
I can't have steriods since I have osteoporosis, that's why I was wondering.
Please be careful with the long term NSAIDS.
I took an oral NSAID for 13 years daily and it really helped my pain and inflammation. But then all of the sudden my stomach starting hurt alot and I went to the doctor who thought I had an ulcer from the daily pills. I was put on stomach protection meds and taken off the NSAIDS indefinitely. Luckily, when I had the camera put down my throat there was no permanent damage.
It's really awful because now I have no pain medications. Looking back I wished I had started stomach meds to take with the NSAIDS or didn't take it every day.
Good luck with your further treatment. I'm glad to hear it works for you.