Hello, welcome to Health Central where little things like insurance and small towns do not matter. Your intuition is correct. The curvature in your spine is leading to mechanical problems with other parts of your body like your neck and your knee. The curvature could be progressing, but without a costly risky surgery there is not much that could be done about that. So, at this point in you life, you need to focus on core strength. Strength in your shoulders, buttocks and abdomen can help support the neck, arms, legs, and spine. Strength and endurance in your core will improve your capablity to do what you need to do. Because life is an Olympic event that you need to train for, even if you have scoliosis.
Start with a good resource to jump start your exercise program: pilates class, physical therapist, personal trainer, book, video, anything you can access to start towards your goal of improved core strength. Schedule time daily to build your strength and endurance. Stick with it because your life will only get rougher without physical fitness.
My favorite book for exercise education is Spine Stabilization.
Your muscles can compensate to a certain extent for the problem with your spine, just give them a chance.
Dr. Christina Lasich, MD
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