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    Question Do I need surgery?

    Hi all, I'm a 15 year old girl (turning 16 in May) with a 40 degree curve. About 6 or so months ago, the curve was about 35 degrees. So it has worsened by a decent amount. I've also had my period since I was 13, but is it possible that I'm still growing? I feel pain occasionally, depending on what position I'm in. It hurts to stretch, sit up straight, etc. Sometimes I feel horrible back aches, especially right after waking up. My doctor says that it won't get much worse, but I honestly feel like he's making it seem much less serious than it actually is. I would at least like some sort of physical therapy to treat this, if not surgery. My 17 year old sister had correctional surgery at 70 degrees (age 16). So, mine is less severe than hers for sure. I can provide pictures of my back if needed, but I don't have the x-rays with me. My ribcage looks pretty uneven, as do my shoulders and hips. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

    I'm sorry if this is posted in the wrong section - I'm new here.


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    Hi Lain,
    Statistically 2/3 of all progression(worsening) occurs during the pubertal growth spurt which lasts on average 30 months beginning at age 11 or 12 for most females. So given your age and curve measurements I can see why the doctors have not suggested surgery. I think the fact that you have pain is certainly an indication that other problems besides just the curvature are present and feel strongly that conservative scoliosis exercise based treatment would be a great choice for you to relive your pain and help to stabilize your spine. Often we are able to reduce existing curvatures which would be very beneficial to prevent a slower progression in adulthood. I would be happy to evaluate your spinal x-rays and discuss your options. Please email me privately drdovorany@treatingscoliosis.com if you feel comfortable doing so.

    All SEVERE idiopathic scoliosis started out as MILD scoliosis first!

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    Dr. Dovorany is 100% correct (statistically speaking) and the treatment concerns should probably shift more towards improving and maintaining quality of life measures at this point....Niether of which are benefits of scoliosis surgery from all the long-term data I've seen come out over the past 10 years or so.


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