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February 24, 2013


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Does scoliosis cause any back/muscle pain?

Fuyuko7 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I have a curve of 28 degrees (the last time I checked which was November 2012)
Since yesterday my back hurts a lot, but only when I bend my back. I don't feel any pain while I sleep/straight back
So I'm just worried that my scoliosis is the cause of my back pain.
Since it is summer I've stopped doing my Pilates (exercise) that were recommended by my physiotherapist. I stopped doing Pilates for like a month....
But around the end of February I started to do my Pilates again.

So I'm wondering if I over used my back muscles or something?
I'm soo worried....
I plan on waiting for a week.....and if the pain doesn't go away I'll probably go to the physiotherapist

Please no sarcastic comments

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TTFNJinx Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Interface Designer
I have 15 degrees they said it can cause tightness in muscles and some people need to get massages or special stretches. My doctor said I shouldn't feel any pain from it
Fuyuko7 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I have one side that is tight.
I do Pilates stretches
Fuyuko7 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Can someone lock this thread now?
puppy-dangerous Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It can. Scoliosis causes your spine (and the rest of you) to be unbalanced, so the muscles are strained unevenly and that can cause pain.

PT is the best way to treat it. When you first start doing exercise again it can make you sore. You should keep doing it unless it becomes very painful.

Make sure you don't just sit around and wait for it to heal. It's better to make sure you move around to the best of your ability. If you can't do anything else try to take a gentle walk every day.
Fuyuko7 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
ok, thanks :)
Ieighton Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It gives me horrendous lower back pain if I'm bent over (doing manual labour, you dirty git) for prolonged periods of time.
Punkskaplunk Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student General Artist
It'll be a weakness of the muscles on the curved side of your back. The exercises you've been given are to help strengthen the muscles on both sides of your spine in order to prevent pain as much as possible. However you'll always have pain in your back from scoliosis and possibly in your neck, shoulders, legs and feet depending on how the spine curves.

My spine curves near the small of my back and again around my shoulder blades, so I have some twisting of my ribcage too. I also have flat feet and an inward twist in my hip so I am pigeon toed. I have been doing exercises for it since i was 12 and my doctor advised that i don't do any heavy lifting. The only way someone would notice I have these problems is if I slumped or if they looked at my feet when I walk. As a result from doing all these exercises I have good posture and I am still really flexible in my back, although I still injure it on occasion and it takes me a little while to get over.

Unfortunately you'll always have pain in your spine but so long as you keep up maintenance the curvature shouldn't worsen and the pain will be less severe then it would be if you didn't do any exercises.
Fuyuko7 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm flat footed as well.
Hm...I got the back pains after I started my exercises...(which I haven't been doing for like a maybe I overused my muscle or something)
So are you saying that all people who have scoliosis get "some" pain, but if you do the exercises that your doctor/physiotherapist the pain won't be as bad?

When I first went to my physiotherapist she said that
when I get up from a sitting position I use my spine/back too much. So in other words when getting up from a chair etc I must use more of my leg muscles. So I was given leg strengthening exercises etc.

I always wonder is it my actual spine (bone) that hurts or the back muscles?....I just can't tell the difference :shrug:
Punkskaplunk Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
It's usually the muscles that hurt as the spine curvature strains the muscles on one side of your back and causes the other side to become weak. The back pains you are having are probably due to those weaker muscles getting strengthened. I use to have a heat pack permanently on my back because of it, but it eventually gets better.

I don't think I had that problem with the over use of my spine, I use my legs and hips to stand etc. but I attribute that to dancing when I was younger. I was given leg, shoulder and back exercises but I also went on to do yoga, which I found to be very good for my spine, so long as you keep away from a few positions that require you to support yourself with your spine. I also found it best to do most of my exercises in the shower, since the hot water stops muscles from pulling.

Pretty much everyone with scoliosis will have worse back pain then the general populous but it will be significantly lessened if you keep following what your doctor prescribed you. I've been doing these exercises since I was 12 (i'm 20 now) and I think they helped a lot, though I'm still limited in how much i can do without injuring my spine.
Fuyuko7 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, okay thank you for the advice. :D
Oh and for sore muscles, hot packs are recommended right?
So it's NOT GOOD to put a cold pack on sore muscles
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