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Schmorls nodes are a condition where the disc between two vertebrae pokes/herniates into the vertebral bodies. These may or may not cause back pain
Scoliosis itself also doesnot usually cause back pain
When somebody with scoliosis has severe back pain, it is usually because of something other than scoliosis that causes the pain
Does this continue to worsen or will it stop?
Nerve compression can cause severe back pain
He needs to be seen by a spine specialist
Could the Schmorls nodes cause that?
They usually do not cause pain
He is scheduled to see a specialist in scoliosis
is that the correct doctor to see?
Do ask the specialist why he is getting back pain
If there are several nodes, what can be done for them?
as scoliosis is a painless condition
there is no need to do anything about those nodes
We have not seen him as of yet, next month on the 10th
is his appt
Should he be tested for anything else
Is he having more back pain or leg pain
He needs a thorough neurological evaluation
Yes, it has been getting progressively worse over the past 3-4 weeks
to check for nerve compression
is there anything I can do at home to give him relief?
What I meant was - is there more pain in the back area or pain in the legs
I think you are already trying correct things- Celebrex,Tylenol3, heating pad & back brace
Also try some local gels like voltaren and different positions that might comfort his back
Is voltaren otc?
if you cant get that, try bengay cream
One more question....
I would encorage you to read this-
We are waiting bone density test results, will they be useful at this time?
Yes,let me explain
Sometimes the nodes can appear because of soft bon
the bone density would show that
Thank you so much for your time.
I am an orthopedic surgeon
It makes it easier when you have an idea of what is taking place.
Then I got ahold of the right person.
You sure did.It was a pleasure helping you
Thanks again for your help.
God bless you and your son
God bless you also.
Too bad you are not located in Louisiana
You have Dr. Kings in your state
He is a pioneer in the field of scoliosis
That is where he is going. If you mean XXXXX XXXXX.
He is in New Orleans
Great!! That is wonderful to hear.
This is another great information resource
You are getting the best there
in New Orleans
Thank you again, I have been worried about taking him to someone we had no information about.
I would take my son/daughter there if there was a need
That says alot .
Without a doubt, I feel better about taking him there.
My son graduates high school one week after appt. and then plans to go to Loyola. So the sooner we get him taken care of, the better
Give my best wishes to him
Thank you again and have a good evening.