I have sciolosis and my neck cracks my scoilosis is curved mostly in my neck. I suffer from chronic back pain, and was told that i have degenerative disk disease a few years ago, it's gotten worse i hurt and when i walk now it hurts and i have trouble breathing. who would i see about this?
Unfortunately, not one professional will be able to tackle the entire problem. A complicated spine issue usually requires a team for best results. Many scoliosis clinics offer a team approach with an orthopedist, a physical therapist, a couselor or social worker, and maybe a rehabilitation specialist.
If you are having difficulty breathing or feel short of breath, you may also need to see a pulmonary specialist for a condition called Thoracic Insufficiency, which is common for those with cervical/thoracic scoliosis.
Find a team or create your own, that is the best way to deal with a complex problem with underlying scoliosis.
Dr. Christina Lasich, MD
Personally, I would get a referal from your GP to see a neurologist, and definitely not an orthopedic surgeon/specialist. Although orthos might be ok for knees and wrists and that kind of thing, I wouldn't let one near my spine. I've heard many people call them the butchers of the medical profession and having seen a few, I can only agree. The spine is far too delitcate an area to messed around with by what is basically a carpenter (an ortho). I've seen many myself before I got wise. Actually a better analogy would be that a neurosurgeon is like a fine wood carver and an orthopedic is like smash and band builder. Actually I have far more time for a good carpenter.
Best of luck, Kenneth.