Dancer from Los Angeles with Scoliosis

Faye Warren, now aged 29, was just 8 years old when she was diagnosed with scoliosis. Following her diagnosis, she wore a brace between the ages of 10 and 16, and she suffered from daily pain as a result of her spinal curvature. Faye was unable to continue with gymnastics, but fought hard to continue with her love of dancing. At school, carrying books and sitting down for long periods caused her great discomfort, and no form of chiropractic treatment or acupuncture seemed to make any difference. Faye was adamant that she wanted to avoid undergoing scoliosis surgery at all costs, and she was determined to find a treatment option that would allow her to continue dancing professionally. When Faye came across the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, she knew that our non-surgical treatment programme was exactly what she had been looking for. The small matter of our location – London is more than 5,000 miles from Los Angeles – didn’t deter Faye, and after making all the necessary arrangements, she booked herself in for a 4-week treatment course.  

How we help people with scoliosis

The exercises we teach here at Scoliosis SOS are designed to strengthen the muscles surrounding the spine, bringing the patient into a more central upright position. This prevents progression, improves cosmetic appearance, decreases pain, and gives our patients the best possible chance of avoiding spinal fusion surgery.  

Feedback from Faye

Here’s what Faye had to say at the end of her treatment course:
“I am so glad I found the Scoliosis SOS Clinic. Other treatments would help to temporarily decrease my pain, but it would always return. I knew I needed to find a permanent solution, and it was going to be a complete change of lifestyle. “I have learnt a great deal about my back and how I can help myself. My pain has been dramatically reduced and I have gained so much confidence. “My advice to other scoliosis patients looking to travel from overseas is not to hesitate – it is the best decision you will ever make. I cannot put into words how much better I feel.”
Book your Scoliosis SOS consultation today – we can provide remote consultations via Skype or telephone call if you can’t come to our clinic for an appointment.  

Further reading

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.

Back pain isn’t generally associated with being young, but scoliosis (a curvature of the spine that often leads to back pain) very often develops quite early in life – usually during adolescence. If your spinal curve went unnoticed and/or untreated during teenage years, you may well find yourself seeking scoliosis treatment as you enter your early 20s. Don’t worry – no age is ‘too late’ to start treatment, and the many 20-year-old patients we’ve treated here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic have seen fantastic results. 

scoliosis treatment for a 20 year old

A person who is suffering from scoliosis may suffer from pain, stiffness, postural problems, and self-esteem issues. Common symptoms include back pain (as mentioned above), muscular imbalance, uneven shoulders/legs/hips, and a visibly curved back.

However, even when weighed against all the problems that scoliosis can cause, spinal fusion surgery (the most common treatment for spinal curves that have progressed past a certain point) is still an incredibly daunting procedure that some young scoliosis patients would prefer to avoid. At Scoliosis SOS we use a range of non-surgical treatment techniques to reduce spinal curvature and improve patient quality of life without surgical intervention.

Case study: Ornela, a 21-year-old scoliosis patient from Albania

Ornela was diagnosed with scoliosis at 19 years old. Seeking treatment, she travelled from Albania to our clinic to undergo a 4-week non-surgical treatment course. Watch the video below to find out what she had to say about her experience with Scoliosis SOS:

ScolioGold therapy combines a number of non-surgical techniques to give scoliosis sufferers a non-invasive option for combating their condition. As Ornela experienced, our non-surgical treatments have proven extremely effective for patients of all ages – click here for more ‘before and after’ examples of patients aged 20-39. No matter how old you are, we are more than happy to review your individual case and recommend the most suitable course of action for you. Contact Scoliosis SOS now to arrange an initial consultation.

Scoliosis Treatment Sri Lanka

Here at Scoliosis SOS, we’ve treated people from all over the world – scoliosis sufferers of all ages have come from many, many different countries to receive non-surgical scoliosis treatment at our clinic in London. One of those countries is Sri Lanka, and one of our recent patients was the lovely 11-year-old Tiani Perera. This is her story.

Tiani’s Story: Young Scoliosis Patient from Sri Lanka

In many cases, overseas patients come to us when the only option they’ve been given is spinal fusion surgery. We offer an alternative to this, and so patients travel from far and wide to receive treatment here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic. This was the case with Tiani, and when she was offered surgical treatment in Sri Lanka, she decided instead to come and visit us in London. Tiani was diagnosed with scoliosis at home in Sri Lanka in 2015. The first indication that she had scoliosis was that her shoulders were not level; furthermore, when she bent over (see Adam’s forward bend test), a small hump was visible below her right shoulder blade.  When Tiani’s parents noticed these symptoms, they took her to the doctor, who confirmed her spinal curvature and stated that surgery was the only viable treatment option. However, Tiani was too young for surgery at the time (since her body was still growing), and so she had to wear a brace first. Due to the severity of Tiani’s condition, she struggled to sit comfortably in school and would often feel pain in her back before going to bed at night. She didn’t want to have surgery, and so when her family were told about Scoliosis SOS and our highly effective non-surgical treatment methods, they decided to make the 11-hour trip to our clinic in London. Tiani underwent a 4-week ScolioGold treatment course and was very pleased with the results. Her rotation improved by eight degrees, she was no longer in pain, and she found that her shoulders and hips had become realigned again. 

Tiani is one of the many scoliosis sufferers from other countries that we have treated here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic. If you would like to learn more about our ScolioGold courses, please click here – or get in touch to arrange an initial consultation.
Scoliosis patient from Cyprus
Here at Scoliosis SOS, we have treated patients from more than 70 different countries and territories in the last 12 months alone. One of those places is Cyprus: 15-year-old Maria Photiou came to us from Cyprus this year seeking a second opinion after her diagnosis at home. This is her story.

Scoliosis Cyprus: Maria’s Story

Maria was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 11 by the school nurse, who used a scoliometer to measure the curve of her back. After this initial diagnosis, she went to the doctor and was told that she had to wear a brace due to her 32 degree sideways spinal curve. Maria wore her brace for about 3 years after that, but finally took it off when the doctor told her it was unlikely she would grow any taller. Unfortunately, the next summer she grew taller by around 2-3cm, meaning that her scoliosis increased yet further. Maria went back to the doctor and was told that her scoliosis had now reached 44 degrees and that surgery was needed to correct this. Maria searched for a second opinion while wearing a hard brace to stunt the growth of her scoliosis. Before coming to Scoliosis SOS, Maria tried exercising in the gym in Cyprus with an instructor to help improve her spinal curvature. She found out about Scoliosis SOS when she visited her sisters in the UK and discovered our Clinic while searching on the Internet. She then came here for an initial consultation last September. Maria decided to book a fast-track course, meaning that she only spent 2 weeks with us rather than the usual 4. She found our Scoliosis SOS instructors and the course very helpful, and though it could be challenging at times, she became accustomed to the exercises quite quickly. To complete the exercises, she did not wear her brace for many hours a day, and she found that she was experiencing no pain or aching. Her advice to anyone suffering from scoliosis in Cyprus and across the world is to always seek a second opinion and if that means you have to travel, you definitely should. She believes that scoliosis treatment is very important, and she would like to increase awareness of the condition. She thinks it’s best to find out about it when you’re younger rather than later because the issues can be more easily addressed then. Here is an interview with Maria that we conducted after the completion of her two-week course in our scoliosis clinic:
Maria is one of the many scoliosis sufferers we have welcomed from foreign countries. If you would like to learn more about the Scoliosis SOS Clinic and the treatment courses we provide, please click here to get in touch.