Posted 6/30/2008 2:17 PM (GMT -7)
Hi, Kara! I have a moderate case of scoliosis...a 15 degree curvature of my spine. I started having back problems when I was a teenager. I was finally diagnosed when I was in my 30's and I'm now 61 years old.
My back gave me a lot of problems in the earlier years. I used to go to the chiropractor but I think he was overcorrecting and I was worse when I left. Then, about the time I'd start to feel better, I had another appointment! I did this for years! UGH! So I stopped going to him. I started being smart about my back.
Then I learned how to get in and out of bed correctly and in and out of the car correctly. This has helped me immensely over the years. Here is what I do.
First of all, I do not sleep flat on my back because it makes my back hurt more. I don't sleep on my stomach either. I sleep on my sides with a pillow wedged behind my back. This way, I can partially be on my back but have support. That helps me. I also get out of bed using a cane. I roll on my side, draw my legs up in a sitting position so the legs are actually hanging over the floor, and then I push off with the cane. Gravity will bring your legs down and you will be pulled to a sitting position without using your back muscles.
When getting in and out of a car, sit on the seat with your feet on the pavement. Then, either using the seat or the steering wheel, swivel your feet into the car while keeping your back straight. I buy cars with leather seats because they are slippery. But, when I rent a car and get cloth seats I had to come up with another idea...and I did! I get a garbage bag and a towel. I lay the garbage bag on the seat and the towel over it. Then I do the above. The garbage bag and towel let your rear end swivel like you were on a lazy susan! LOL Just reverse the above to get out of the car.
Don't use your back muscles when you are lifting things up. Use your legs instead. By doing the above things, my back rarely hurts me now. I hope these suggestions will help you, too!
Here is a good link about scoliosis that you may be interested in too. Hope this helps you.
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