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Chronic Back Pain and Scoliosis

I have Scoliosis and chronic back pain. Over the last 10 years, I have seen an orthopedic surgeon who said he can't do anything for the pain because it is muscular.  I have see a chiropractor and it works only temporarily to relive the pain.  I have seen a physical therapist and my back still hurts.  I have seen a neurologist and she said that the only thing she could do is give me botulism injections into the major muscles of my back every 6 months for the rest of my life.  I have been on muscle relaxers and pain killers until I have developed allergic reactions to them.  I have read articles about having strong stomach muscles to help support the back, and after several pregnancies I don't even have stomach muscles in the right place let alone strong ones.  I was wondering if abdominal wall surgery might help to off-set some the back pain?  Before pregnancy I didn't have this pain.  I work out on a regular basis but I have a hard time doing sit ups and crunches.  Also if you think it would help how would I get insurance to pay for it and who do I start with? a Plastic Surgeon? My Family Physician?

Thank You for your time,
Jennifer
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While the rectus muscles are not directed treated with an abdominoplasty, tightening of the rectus fascia ovelying the muscles has been documented to help with chronic back pain. I would not count on getting insurance approval for the procedure, unless your coverage is extraordinary and your carrier is liberal about approving procedure.  I perform a huge number of these procedures and have never had any covered for this reason.
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