I'm 19 years old living in Sydney, Australia.
I have scoliosis to the left centre of my thoracolumbar junction with a Cobb angle of approx. 38 degree angle. Which I have been told it's quite significant d
I've known that I've had been leaning to my right since I was 14 and never had really had a second thought to it, I wasn't in pain when leaning and it never bothered me. I never knew scoliosis even existed. Once I was 16 every few months or so my lower left back started aching and bothered me, but I still ignored it and thought nothing of it.
I'm about to turn 20 and I've finally got an xray on my back and only learnt that I have scoliosis in my lower back. I've been told by my GP to see a private spine specialist that is going to be costly.
My parents are somewhat poor and we are only managing to get by now. I'm not with any private health care and the appointment with the private doctor would be 300 dollars which I am not able to afford by myself and I do not want to rely on my parents money as our financial status isnt too great.
I've talked to my mum about me signing up with a private health care and hopefully I'll be able to get that appointment. I was told not to go with any public doctors as I may have to wait a really long time and that he doesn't want my scoliosis to worsen as I wait.
The appointment with the private doctor is only going to be a opinion and possibly management of my scoliosis if I don't require surgery.
I'm also asking if there are any stretches that may help my condition by just a little bit as I start to piece things together for the appointment