Do you know what scoliosis is?

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    Scoliosis is a curvature in your spine. Its not hereditary and its not from injury. When i was 12 and in elementary, our school held a day of getting physicals. The nurse or doctor (can't remeber) asked us to palm to palm our hands and touch our toes. By that they were able to determine that i had scoliosis. I went to a specialist and he said the only way of fixing it was through surgery or wear an enormous ugly brace that covered my whole mid-section. I didn't have the funds to get surgery and i did't like the brace. I decided to leave it like it was. One side of my body is slightly higher than the other. This causes me to have alot of back pain and depending on the weather it gets worst. Im suppose to do some kind of excercises but i have little time. They swimming is excellent excercise for this disease but i don't know how to swim.
     
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    Yes I have heard of it and in fact, when I took my granddaughter in for a physical a couple of years back, they took notice to her back and even mentioned scoliosis....curving of the spine.
    But, they have watched it carefully, and last time I took her, she was all well and fine.
    I do know an older woman who has it, and I have known her for several years, and she has always had that problem, and she has aches and one side of her seems to be higher than the other, she walks an odd way.
    I don't reckon she ever had anything done to correct hers.
    I wish you the best tho!
     
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    What I do know is that the curvature stops progressing after puberty.. So they monitor the progress in pre-teens and estimate the rate. If it's high -- they might require a brace or even surgery..

    But if you're past 18 or 20 years -- chances are --- it's not getting worse.
    I also think I was told there IS a strong hereditary component to scoliosis by our pediatrician.

    Don't need to be able to swim to do many kinds of water therapy.. You could probably even wear ducky swim floats while you excersize..
     
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    Thank you! I've seen extreme cases where their backs looked lik the hunchback of Notre Dame. I prayed I didn't get that way. I look pretty normal from far away but up clos you can see one side higher. The back aches i get are horrible and my spine feels stuck at times.
     
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    It didn't get worst and im 26 now. The hereditary part im unsure. But ducky floats!? Thats too funny for a 26 year old. :lol:
     
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    I have scoliosis.
    Seems hereditary cause my aunt has it...
     

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