Scoliosis.....

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  1. db10s

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    I found out that I have mild to moderate scoliosis..... I've heard it from doctors before, but for every doctor that said I had it, there was another doctor who said I didn't. And now it was finally confirmed by a specialist... I'm not overly worried about it; just what sort of exercises would help prevent it from getting worse? I'm thinking I should use my left hand more to build up muscle on that side, since I'm right handed, but I'm not sure what tennis specific exercises/stretches would help. On the other hand James Blake had/has scoliosis.... And people with scoliosis tend to live 2% longer than normal people..... I'm going for an X-ray this weekend. I love how I find this out NOW, just in time for the Orange Bowl. :mad: I'm not going to let it distract me, just play even harder. TIA.
     
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    Sorry to hear you have a problem that is causing you concern.

    Hopefully from your description your case of scoliosis will turn out to be very "mild" and will not be of any long term concern to you.
    Talk to your specialist about this.

    If you are going to the Orange Bowl you must be a very good player and have a coach. Ask him if he has had other players with scoliosis, as it is a pretty common problem.

    The following is an except from TENNIS & SCOLIOSIS at Livestrong.com:

    "Link Between Tennis and Scoliosis
    While it is rare for playing tennis to cause scoliosis, young competitive tennis players are at risk of developing scoliosis from tennis. In junior players, where the body is still growing, the strain put on the body from a muscle-intensive sport like tennis can cause curvature of the spine over time. Tennis is a particularly sport because it exercises only one side of the upper body, often resulting in muscle imbalances in the back. These muscle imbalances cause imbalanced pulling on each side of the spine, which over time, and particularly in young bodies, can curve the spine."
    - http://www.livestrong.com/article/534426-tennis-scoliosis/

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    "Strengthening Exercises
    As a tennis player with scoliosis, exercises should focus on strengthening your back with particular attention to your non-dominant side. Exercising the non-dominant side will even up muscle imbalance, lessening uneven pulling from the two sides of your back. Meet with your doctor and physical therapist to create a training program designed to reduce muscle imbalance and strengthen your core and back. Common exercises that should be performed daily include leg, arm and back extensions with a stability ball, and one arm rows. Maintain flexibility in your back by stretching every day."
    - http://www.livestrong.com/article/534426-tennis-scoliosis/

    So make sure you do the therapy recommended by your doctor and physical therapist.


    The following may be a little more controversial, but you may want to consider it:

    "On the Tennis Court
    While training on the tennis court, make sure you use a two-handed backhand. A one-handed backhand contributes to muscle imbalance. A two-handed backhand is an opportunity for a tennis player to reduce some of his imbalances by involving both arms in a stroke. During warm-up and cool down, incorporate light hitting with your non-dominant hand alone. Hit all forehands if possible, and use the same technique you use for your regular forehand. This will help to strengthen your offhand and reduce your body's dependance on a single side for tennis."
    - http://www.livestrong.com/article/534426-tennis-scoliosis/


    I hope this helps.

    Good luck at the Orange Bowl!!!
     
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    Thanks, I had skimmed through that on my phone earlier but now I can really take a good look at it.
     
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  4. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    How old are you? Scoliosis was one of my many growing pains when I was in high school. Did nothing, and it went away on its own.

    It was asymptomatic for me, went in for a routine check up and the doctor was like: "Did you know your back ain't straight?"
     
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    This post is self destructing...
     
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  6. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Not if I quote it! Muuahahahaahhah!!! :twisted:

    Yep, just about the age when my doctor said my spine was crooked. And it straightened out on its own after a few years.
     
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    I was on my way back to say Please don't quote.... And then this gem of a post :twisted:
     
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