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Could Surgery At Infancy Cause Scoliosis???

Posted by
John on March 14, 2001 at 19:52:54:

Dear Dr. Stoll,

I am a 36 year old male who is approximately 6'3" tall.

When I was 2 years old (25 months), I had to have a life-saving abdominal operation. A section of my small intestine was removed.

I survived and recovered, but as I grew up, I
noticed that I had limited strength and poor coordination. In general, I did very poorly in sports and other physical activities.

I have since been told several times by doctors that I have scoliosis and that my right side is more developed than my left. I can actually see this myself.

I have theorized that the musculature in my abdomen became imbalanced as I grew. This imbalance is due to the loss of elasticity of scarred muscle tissue at the incision site on the right side of my abdomen. As I went through my stages of growth, my abdominal muscles could not stretch evenly from side to side, so my spine compensated by curving to restore balance to my musculo-skeletal system as a whole.

The curve is really not scoliosis in the genetic sense of the word, but more a unique, compensatory curve that is being generated by and reacting to the muscular imbalance in my abdomen. I even sense that my cervical spine is affected by the curve, which is generally not the case with genetic scoliosis.

Could this be the cause of my scoliosis? I welcome any thoughts you have.

John



Re: Could Surgery At Infancy Cause Scoliosis??? (Archive in Rolfing.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 16, 2001 at 08:39:34:

In Reply to: Could Surgery At Infancy Cause Scoliosis??? posted by John on March 14, 2001 at 19:52:54:

Hi, John.

Possibly it is all related. HOWEVER, the question now is what to do with what you have left?

You need a Certified Rolfer (or Hellerwork expert) in attendance. See the archives about how to learn about it and how to find the closest one.

After you have put yourself in her hands for a few months please share your experiences with the BB. It will take years to find out how much function can be ultimately restored but it will be considerable. You will see benefits almost immediately!

Additionly, you could help yourself by learning about Alexander Technique or Feldenkrais (see your library). These will not do the job by themselves but they will enhance what your Hellerworker or Rolfer does. Ask your therapist.

Walt

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