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horse riding posture is very uneven

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JuicyLucy10 Sun 19-Jun-11 09:41:05

My dd1 is 13 in a weeks, She has been riding 1-2-1 for the last 9 months with an instructor who on thursday asked me to get her back checked out as she seemed to be leaning to the right and is unable to feel she is leaning or straighten it out.

She has had a huge growth spurt and is advanced in puberty. I read that scholiosis can start at this time.

We have a family history of scholiosis - my grandfather was virtually a hunch back and my mother had a twisted leg - it had to be sawned in half and reset, then my own back is bad - a very pronounced arch at the bottom of the spine.

The instructor told me to take her to an osteopath but i am going to try the gp first.

Does any one have any advice/experience in this? I don't ride myself but assumed it was the saddle or eneven stirrups - its not and the leaning is very obvious even to me.

MedusaIsHavingABadHairDay Sun 19-Jun-11 11:28:28

Get her to the docs and ask for an orthopaedic referral pronto. If she has scoliosis (or any other spinal problem) developing then I wouldn't go to an osteo until I'd seen the spine docs...especially with a family history!

My son has recently developed scoliosis.. only mild but we were referred and they discovered one leg is growing faster than the other.. not massively but it is causing his body to shift out of alignment and his back is now bent. Because he has grown so fast (he's 6 ft) they did a bone scan..found he only has a year's growth left and on tuesday he is going in for an op which will halt his longer leg growing, give the other side time to catch up and hopefully even him up..or at least stop it getting worse!
As it was 'mild' I nearly didn't take him..... but as I also come from a family with spine problems I did..and it was just as well!

tessofthedurbeville Sun 19-Jun-11 21:48:34

My daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis last summer - a dance teacher noticed her back looked 'wrong'. If you want to check yourself then get her to lean forward - look at her spine then and see if you can trace an s shaped curve down her back. We went to our GP who referred us to a back specialist. An xray will show whether there is a curve and what degree the curve is. My daughter has had to wear a brace the last year and is now going to have an operation - but her scoliosis is on the severe side. Best to get it checked!

JuicyLucy10 Sun 19-Jun-11 23:25:43

thanks to you both - i am going to have her checked tomorrow.

tessofthedurbeville Mon 20-Jun-11 21:00:19

Good luck - hope it is all explained and sorted for you.

JuicyLucy10 Tue 21-Jun-11 22:25:17

going to make a new thread as its now about a 'wonky' spine as my gp put it.

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