Can Scoliosis Be Reversed

If you’ve been diagnosed with scoliosis, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible because the condition very often progresses (gets worse) as time goes by. Left untreated, the curve in your spine will become more and more pronounced, potentially taking a greater and greater toll on your daily life as it does so.  Wearing a scoliosis brace can arrest the progression of scoliosis while your body is still growing, but is it possible to actually reverse the progression of your scoliosis? Is it possible to make the curve shrink over time instead of growing larger? Happily, the answer is yes – given the right type of treatment, scoliosis can be reversed. Surgery is one option; if you choose to undergo spinal fusion surgery, your surgeon will straighten your spine using a series of rods before performing a bone graft to hold the spine in place. Click here to read more about the spinal fusion procedure and what to expect if you go in for surgery.

Reversing scoliosis with the ScolioGold method

If you don’t wish to undergo spinal fusion surgery, you’ll be pleased to learn that there other ways to reverse scoliosis effectively. Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we treat scoliosis patients using our own carefully-chosen combination of techniques called the ScolioGold method. This programme includes the following non-surgical treatments: Using these and other methods, our highly-trained physiotherapists work with scoliosis patients to relieve pain, increase flexibility, improve muscle balance, and boost overall quality of life while reversing the progression of scoliosis. If you’d like to see some examples of the results our ScolioGold courses can deliver, please click here to visit our Before & After gallery. Contact Scoliosis SOS today to arrange a consultation for yourself or a loved one. Consultations can be conducted via Skype or over the phone if you cannot attend an appointment at our clinic in London.

Scoliosis Treatment France

Here at Scoliosis SOS, we pride ourselves on treating patients from all over the world. Scoliosis affects approximately 4 out of every 100 people around the globe, so it’s perhaps no wonder that we’re constantly hearing from scoliosis sufferers in other countries, near and far, who want an effective alternative to surgery. One such patient was the lovely Marianne Hamard from Normandy, France. Marianne was 17 years old at the time of her most recent visit, but she has been coming to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic for the past four years. Marianne travelled from France to London in order to benefit from our ScolioGold treatment programme, which uses non-surgical methods to help reduce the curvature and symptoms of scoliosis. Here’s her story. 

Scoliosis treatment for Marianne from France

Marianna first visited our clinic at the age of 13, a couple of years after being diagnosed with scoliosis. Her dance teacher was the first person to notice Marianne’s spinal curve; prior to this, neither doctors nor even Marianne herself had noticed that her back was not straight. In fact, doctors regularly provided her with certificates to certify that she was able to practice dance, saying that there was nothing wrong with her back.  However, the dance teacher spotted that Marianne’s shoulder blades were unusually prominent, and that’s what led her to believe she had scoliosis. The next step was to visit a surgeon, who said he would have to operate on Marianne to fix this. He wanted to perform surgery within a couple of weeks, but Marianne and her family wanted to think about it for a little bit longer.  They saw some more specialists for scoliosis treatment in France, and most of them said the same thing: that she would need to undergo surgery. One consultant suggested that she could perhaps wear a brace, but with a Cobb angle of 53 degrees, it was probably already too late. Marianne – not even a teenager yet – did not understand why she needed to have an operation; after all, she felt healthy enough. Therefore, the Hamard family decided to research physical therapy options in an effort to avoid the need for surgery. The physiotherapist they found said that Marianne was a little too young, but she tried nonetheless. Despite her efforts, there was little change in Marianne’s condition; luckily, though, her scoliosis did not progress as quickly as surgeons predicted it would. Two years on from her initial diagnosis, Marianne had a scan which showed a large progression in her scoliosis – the curvature had now reached 68 degrees. The family agreed that the physiotherapy methods they were using were not enough, and so they decided to look further afield. This is when they found Scoliosis SOS. After an initial consultation, Marianne attended a 4-week ScolioGold treatment course, and the results were far better than anything she’d seen previously. Now, Marianne is preparing for university, where she says that she will keep up her exercises to keep her condition under control. Marianne says she has many other friends who are receiving scoliosis treatment in France, but they are mainly using a bracing method. They have not attempted physiotherapy yet, but would like to visit once they can speak English. Watch the video below to find out why Marianne and her mother believe that ScolioGold therapy was a better choice for Marianne than surgery:

No matter where in the world you’re from, if you’re interested in our non-surgical scoliosis treatment courses, please contact Scoliosis SOS today to arrange an initial consultation.

Does Scoliosis Cause Headaches?

We all experience headaches from time to time, and most of them don’t seem to occur for any particular reason. But can scoliosis – a sideways spinal curve – contribute to the onset of headaches? As we’ve seen time and again on the Scoliosis SOS blog, a curved spine can lead to all sorts of diverse symptoms and ailments, from back pains to indigestion to restricted breathing. Today, we’re going to look at whether headaches can be traced to scoliosis as well.

How could scoliosis cause headaches?

Your neck is made out of vertebrae just like the rest of your spine – these are called the cervical vertebrae. There are many structures within your neck, including arteries and veins; the lymph, thyroid and parathyroid glands; your spinal cord; and your trachea, oesophagus and larynx. When a curve in the upper part of your spine includes some of your cervical vertebrae, the distortion of your neck may have a knock-on effect on some of the body parts listed above. Oddly enough, scoliosis doesn’t often cause neck pain, but it may well cause pain in the back of the head. In particular, if the top three cervical vertebrae are affected by your condition, this may well be the source of your head pain.

Cervicogenic headaches

Cervicogenic headaches can originate from damage to the joints, ligaments, muscles, dura mater, intervertebral discs and nerves in the upper neck. In addition to the headache itself, a cervicogenic headache patient may experience dull upper neck pain that can become more of a stabbing pain with certain movements.

Tension headaches

Scoliosis can also cause tension headaches. Tension headaches can occur when the neck or scalp muscles are tensing and contracting due to stress, depression, anxiety or injury. These are the most common type of headache, and result in a band-like constructive pain around the head. Scoliosis causes postural strain, and will often cause this type of muscle tension. Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we can help straighten your spinal posture to ease the tension on your neck (among other symptoms). Contact us today to book an initial consultation.

What does scoliosis feel like?

Every case of scoliosis is different. Some scoliosis sufferers lead lives virtually unaffected by their condition, whereas others are constantly reminded of it. There is a lot of variation between the ways in which people experience scoliosis, and as a result, asking two people the same question…

“What does scoliosis feel like?”

…might result in two very different answers. In this post, we’ll look at some of the physical pain that scoliosis can cause, and we will also explain how scoliosis can affect a person’s self-esteem and body confidence.

Physical pain

Although some lucky scoliosis patients are scarcely impaired by their condition at all, in other cases there can be a lot of discomfort. The curvature of the spine itself is not a direct source of pain; however, it can cause pain in other ways. For instance, back pain may arise because the curve is putting pressure on your spinal discs, ligaments, nerves, and muscles. Sometimes this pain is merely uncomfortable; sometimes it can be seriously debilitating. There are also cases where a severe curvature has caused misalignment of the hips, which can affect the patient’s gait (how they walk). Over time, this can cause leg pain as the muscles over-compensate for the lack of balance. If a spinal curve becomes extremely severe, it can lead to even bigger problems such as cardiovascular / breathing issues. This is because the curve of the spine progresses so much that it begins to twist the rib cage, which can reduce the amount of space your lungs and heart have to work properly.

Body confidence

Even in cases where there is only minor physical discomfort, for many scoliosis sufferers, we must also consider the added emotional pain of body confidence issues. Idiopathic scoliosis usually develops during adolescence, and teenagers / preteens tend to be especially prone to body image sensitivity. This can be a big issue, as scoliosis can result in a visibly curved spine, noticeably uneven shoulders, waist, hips and legs, and a leaning posture. The treatment courses that we deliver here at Scoliosis SOS aim not only to treat the physical symptoms of spinal curvature but also to build up the confidence of the patient. We don’t think that anyone should be embarrassed about scoliosis, and it is our goal to treat every aspect of the condition. Book a consultation with Scoliosis SOS >

Curved spine

Scoliosis (a sideways curvature of the spine) can affect the body in all sorts of different ways. Most obviously, it affects the way you look: scoliosis patients often lean visibly to one side, and they may also display an unevenness of the shoulders, legs, hips and/or rib cage.

But the visible effects of scoliosis are truly just the tip of the iceberg. A casual observer might only see the curved back, but someone who lives with scoliosis will typically experience a variety of other symptoms ranging from back pain and stiffness to fatigue, digestive problems, and even breathing difficulties.

And then there’s the effect that severe scoliosis can have on one’s nervous system. Remember, your spine isn’t just there to hold you upright – it also houses your spinal cord, the bundle of nerves that allows your brain to communicate with the rest of your body. If the spine is greatly distorted because of scoliosis or a similar condition, this can disrupt nervous system activity in some pretty problematic ways.

The effects of severe scoliosis on the nervous system

First of all, it’s important to note that mild to moderate cases of scoliosis generally don’t affect the nervous system in any noticeable way. Unless you have a very pronounced spinal curvature, it is quite unlikely that you will experience any of the symptoms we’re about to discuss.

However, as the curvature of your spine progresses further and further beyond what is considered normal, there’s a chance that the increasing distortion of your body may end up putting pressure on nearby nerves. When this occurs, parts of your body may begin to feel numb, weak and/or painful – this happens because the pressure is interfering with the signals that travel through your nervous system. This sometimes manifests as a mildly irritating tingle in one’s lower extremities, but in the worst cases, the pressure on the nerves can actually affect the patient’s ability to walk normally.

Depending on the location of the irritated/pinched nerve(s), scoliosis patients may also find that they are having trouble controlling their bladder and bowel functions. Not being aware of when you need to go to the toilet is another sign that your spinal curvature may be disrupting your nervous system.

How can I avoid these symptoms?

As mentioned above, these things generally won’t happen to the average scoliosis sufferer unless their curve is allowed to progress past a certain point. For this reason, the best way to minimise the risk of scoliosis affecting your nervous system is to treat your scoliosis – halt its progression and reduce your Cobb angle to a point at which the condition is unlikely to interfere with your daily life too drastically.

This can be achieved via spinal fusion surgery, but this procedure usually won’t be offered to a scoliosis patient until their curve has already progressed beyond a certain point. Fortunately, non-surgical treatment methods such as ScolioGold therapy can also be very effective when it comes to reversing the progression of scoliosis and combating the various symptoms it causes.

If you or a loved one suffer from scoliosis and you would like to attend a treatment course at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, please contact us now to arrange an initial consultation.