Axel from Sweden

Although the Scoliosis SOS Clinic is based in London, we consider ourselves to be an international treatment centre – just take a look at the overseas patient case studies featured on our website. 

Over the years, we have treated patients from a huge array of countries. Scoliosis sufferers have come to us from North America, Africa, Asia and Oceania, not to mention our many patients from across the European continent. This includes several patients from the Scandinavian region – patients such as Axel Von Sydow, who travelled from Sweden to enrol on one of our 2-week fast-track courses.

Axel suffers from a condition called Scheuermann’s disease, which manifests itself in the form of a rounded upper back (hyperkyphosis). The effects of hyperkyphosis are similar to the effects of scoliosis, except for the fact that the condition causes the spine to curve forward rather than sideways. Like scoliosis, the condition can be very painful for those who suffer from it, particularly following periods of exercise or long spells of inactivity. This was certainly the case for Axel, who first noticed his condition during his time as a teenage ice hockey player. Axel noticed that his back often felt stiff after playing sports, and after undergoing further medical investigation, he was diagnosed with Scheuermann’s.

Although Axel found that he was able to manage his condition for many years, he noticed that as he got older, he was finding it increasingly difficult to cope with the symptoms of his hyperkyphosis – particularly the feelings of fatigue. This was especially problematic for his job as a software developer, which required him to sit down in the same position for long periods of time. Having heard about Scoliosis SOS from his mother, who had been researching Axel’s condition online, Axel decided to look into our treatment options further and find out about some of our previous hyperkyphosis cases.

Impressed by what he found online, Axel booked onto one of our fast-track courses, making the journey over from Sweden to begin his treatment at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic in London. Our 2-week courses combine course exercise classes with one-on-one treatments with our therapists, allowing patients to fine-tune their programme in order to relieve the symptoms of their own spinal curvature. This is particularly helpful for patients from overseas, as it allows them to identify and perfect a specially-tailored set of movements for treating their condition in only a short space of time. These exercises can then be performed by the patient themselves in order to continue the progress made at our clinic.

To find out more about Axel’s story, watch his patient experience video:


If you’re patient from Sweden who is currently looking for an effective non-surgical approach to treating your spinal condition, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our clinic today to find out how we can help!