Scoloiosis May Result in Back Pain

I have scoliosis of the spine with a curvature of more than 35 degrees. I had no problems as a young girl. Over the last 7 to 8 years, my posture has become more exaggerated and I’ve had increasing pain. I’ve been to several orthopedists, a chiropractor and a pain management center. My bone density is normal and I’m otherwise quite healthy. Do you have any suggestions for a youthful appearing senior citizen in otherwise good health with a lot of back and leg pain?

Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, is a condition most commonly discovered in young women, that if uncorrected by the onset of menstruation, can result in a permanent deformity. Your experience would suggest that while you were symptom free, your spine was developing arthritis that is now most likely the source of your pain, either from local irritation, nerve root compression, muscle spasm or a combination. In some case you might experience pain under your shoulder blade right side or left side, here is an article you can find for more about this pain.

You mentioned that you had seen a number of orthopedists with no real answers. Did these physicians specialize in diseases of the spine? Another option is an evaluation by a neurosurgeon with a similar area of expertise. I would suggest that you contact the medical staff office of your local hospital or call the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery or Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin asking for an appointment with their physicians who specialize in diseases of the spine.

In addition, you may benefit from a physical therapy evaluation to strengthen the muscles of your back and to lessen pain. There is also the risk that as your scoliosis worsens, you may be at risk for respiratory problems making further evaluation imperative now while your general Health is still good.