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37 year old has scoliosis, lumbar lordosis and curved spine, and was born with hip dysplasia.Had several surgeries. Now has joint and back pain walkin?

37 year old has scoliosis, lumbar lordosis and curved spine, and was born with hip dysplasia.Had several surgeries. Now has joint and back pain walkin?

Joint/Back pain: You have a difficult problem because of your history. You should seek the advice of a qualified physiatrist who specializes in spine care. Preferentially they should work in the same practice as a spine surgeon so you can get both opinions. ...Read more

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9yrs old with severe back pain. Ruled out scoliosis. Low RBC and high rdw. No injury we know off. What could cause it and how to help her?

9yrs old with severe back pain.  Ruled out scoliosis. Low RBC and high rdw. No injury we know off. What could cause it and how to help her?

Need to make Diagnos: All we can suggest is at the age of 9years with severe back pain without history of trauma, before you plan treatment apart from pain meds which she is already getting.You need to find the cause of pain.You should consult a pediatric orthopedic specialist as she needs a thorough history and physical exam and may need imaging like mri/cat scan and may need other tests if indicated. ...Read more

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Could scoliosis cause mild to severe back pain and severe tension headaches?

Could scoliosis cause mild to severe back pain and severe tension headaches?

Yes: It can, if coupled with c-spine or thoracic abnormalities, contribute to uncontrollable repetitive movements. You need to be seen by a good Neurosurgeon who can evaluate your cervical thoracic and lumbar spine. I suspect there will be other findings beyond the scoliosis. Good information is available at http://www.srs.org/patient_and_family/scoliosis/early_onset_scoliosis/tis/index.htm ...Read more

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Does scoliosis cause back pain -one side of my upper back and burning sensation?

Does scoliosis cause back pain -one side of my upper back and burning sensation?

It can: Yes scoliosis can cause this. Symptomatic treatment with heat/ice/massage/stretching is usually adequate. If not see a spine physiatrist or surgeon to discuss further. ...Read more

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What to do if I have minor scoliosis, but severe back pains, how can I relieve the back pain?

What to do if I have minor scoliosis, but severe back pains, how can I relieve the back pain?

Idiopathic scoliosis: Idiopathic (spontaneous without a cause) scoliosis is not a painful condition. Back pain in scoliosis is similar to that of people with a straight spine unless lumbar curves exceed 30-50 degrees and thoracic curves exceed 50-70 degrees. Curve progression occurs with aging by about .5 degree per year. It is not likely to "compress organs" or cause breathing, heart or neurologic probs unless severe. ...Read more

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Can severe back pain be a symptom of scoliosis?

Can severe back pain be a symptom of scoliosis?

Yes, but normally: Progressive. It does not normally just acutely jump up unless you pinched a nerve. Back pain can develop progressively with scoliosis as the angle changes. If the pain jumped up unexpectedly, then best to be seen by your physician who monitors your scoliosis to see if there is anything that happened to cause this abrupt increase in pain. ...Read more

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Can chiropractors help with back pain caused by scoliosis?

Can chiropractors help with back pain caused by scoliosis?

Chiropractor: Possible, many time the pain you've experienced is not due to the scoliosis especially if it is less than 15 degrees. Not a substitute for exercise but may be a wonderful adjunct. Many excellent chiropractors that can advise you on life long back maintenance. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of back pain caused from scoliosis?

Depends: It really depends on what the exact cause of your pain is. Scoliosis in and of itself, does always necessarily cause pain. But patients with scoliosis can definitely have pain secondary to a number of conditions, such as degenerative spinal stenosis for example. Medications, therapy, chiropractic care, interventional pain management are all specialties that try to get people better without surg. ...Read more

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What's the best way to relieve severe back pain that is related to scoliosis with over-the-counter medicine?

What's the best way to relieve severe back pain that is related to scoliosis with over-the-counter medicine?

NSAIDs : There aren't a lot of options over the counter, but NSAIDs such as Motrin or Tylenol (acetaminophen) based products are the traditional non prescription medications used to treat back pain, moist heat can also help. Don't hesitate to be seen for a specific cause to your pain. ...Read more

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I have severe back pain all the time with my scoliosis ihave a 42 degree curvature in my spine and i'm20 years old what is causing this pain.

Unlikely to be : Scoliosis as this is typically a painless condition unless it is a severe unbalanced curve or if it is located in the lower back where it can alter the mechanics of how you back functions. Also, there us a higher incidence of spondylolisthesis in scoliosis patients that can be the source of pain. See a spine specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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