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    Old 10-30-2020, 06:36 AM   #1
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    Scoliosis and Arthritis in the Spine

    Hello:
    I was diagnosed with Scoliosis two weeks ago due to pain radiating into left side of my leg.
    First, the Neurologist suggested the Surgery, however he also recommended Physical Therapy, because I was hesitant to take a drastic measure, Surgery.
    I also suffering from Arthritis in the spine and have been med. regimen for years and works good
    Any inputs on Physical Therapy on Scoliosis would be greatly appreciated.
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    Old 10-30-2020, 02:37 PM   #2
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    Re: Scoliosis and Arthritis in the Spine

    Other than PT and surgery there aren't many options. Why not give it a try?

     
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    Old 10-30-2020, 09:39 PM   #3
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    Re: Scoliosis and Arthritis in the Spine

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    Other than PT and surgery there aren't many options. Why not give it a try?
    Yes, I already made an appointment with PT next week. In my thinking as to pain along with numbness radiating in my left leg, I have no choice but PT, even though I'm not really for it.
    Any experience regarding PT would be truly appreciated.
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    Old 10-31-2020, 05:23 AM   #4
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    I've got 4 disc issues along with the scoliosis and stenosis so it's hard to say which pain is caused by which issue but PT worked wonders overall. I don't know your age so have no idea if surgery would really be worth the effort. Are you active? Workout? Jog? All those things would impact the decision.

     
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    Old 11-01-2020, 06:07 AM   #5
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    I've got 4 disc issues along with the scoliosis and stenosis so it's hard to say which pain is caused by which issue but PT worked wonders overall. I don't know your age so have no idea if surgery would really be worth the effort. Are you active? Workout? Jog? All those things would impact the decision.
    I'm an elderly lady, in my late 70's. Then, I take PT route, because in my thinking that Surgery is not for my age, .... it might harm like other problem popping-up due to the Surgery, rather than helping me. My elderly neighbors, two of them got Surgery, not for Scoliosis, but for other Spine-issues. It's simply waste-money with waste-time. It's sad, .... but medical is, as someone saying, it's also business. I think I need to decide carefully twice, even three or four time before taking any drastic measures. Just looking forward to get PT soon. If it does not work good, I may go back to the Dr. who recommends PT for advice and suggestions. I went two different Neurologists. One of them appears to me a good Dr.

     
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    Old 11-01-2020, 06:45 AM   #6
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    Re: Scoliosis and Arthritis in the Spine

    Well, I'm 74 so am in the same category as you. I will not be having surgery for any of it as I just can't see going thru all that and - this is the biggie - vertebrae have self fused in 2 places so that can't be corrected. (Years and Years of jogging and wearing high heels every day have totally ruined my feet and back). And the other two places aren't that bad. I'm thinking I may eventually do the spinal steroid injection but not ready for that yet.

     
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    Old 11-01-2020, 09:10 AM   #7
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    Well, I'm 74 so am in the same category as you. I will not be having surgery for any of it as I just can't see going thru all that and - this is the biggie - vertebrae have self fused in 2 places so that can't be corrected. (Years and Years of jogging and wearing high heels every day have totally ruined my feet and back). And the other two places aren't that bad. I'm thinking I may eventually do the spinal steroid injection but not ready for that yet.
    This, last Spring, I went to the reputable Spine-Dr. who performs Steroid Injection. Even though I made the next appointment with him, ... after having thought it over this procedure for few days, I cancelled it. Afterwards, I sought for the Neurologist who told me no need the Steroid Injection. Rather he recommended PT. Then, which option is best for you is a kind of 'your instinct' to decide. Looking back, I'm glad not to get any of Injection on my spine due to my advanced age, even though there are at this moment no other health issues.
    BTW, I started to suspect my Scoliosis is related to my love on Flower-Garden on my front and back yards that often requires some heavy liftings and deep-diggings. Also, yes, like you, ... wearing high-heels for years while working in the office.

     
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