Today is Shropshire Day – a day to celebrate the feast day of St Milburga, who founded a nunnery in Shropshire. St Milburga is said to have had the amazing gifts of healing, sight restoration and even a mysterious power over birds!
She is believed to have died on the 23rd of February, which is why this date is celebrated as her feast day. There are many festivities taking place to mark the occasion, including the Shropshire County Show – will you be celebrating?
Over the years, we’ve treated a number of scoliosis patients from Shropshire, so we thought we’d have a little celebration of our own and share with you some of their incredible scoliosis stories.
Tilly from Ludlow
Tilly was diagnosed with a curve that was almost double that of most scoliosis patients! She had spinal fusion surgery to straighten her spine, but following the operation, she developed an infection. This infection became so bad that medical staff recommended she have the rods in her spine removed, leaving Tilly devastated. She came to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic for a 4-week treatment, which dramatically improved her posture and gave her back her independence.
“I feel like I have been through so much, but it is all in the past now, and with my back feeling stronger than ever I really do have so much to look forward to.”
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Tyler from Ludlow
At just 5 years of age, Tyler was told he needed a gruelling 12-hour spinal fusion surgery to fuse his vertebrae and would likely never have full flexibility in his spine again. Tyler’s mother decided to pursue alternative, exercise-based therapy options at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic in London because she couldn’t bear to tell her son that he’d never be able to climb trees again. Tyler came for a 4-week treatment course and saw improvements in his symmetry, reduced pain and was even breathing easier. Tyler’s mother Susan said:
“I feel like I have my little boy back. I really am so lucky that I found the clinic when I did.”
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Tracey from Welshampton
Tracey, a teacher from Shropshire, was born with spina bifida but had corrective surgery as a young child to prevent the condition worsening. This was successful, but at the age of 29, Tracey developed uneven shoulders as a result of her underlying scoliosis. Tracey was told she was an unsuccessful candidate for surgery due to her spina bifida. Instead, she came to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic for exercise-based treatment.
“The treatment was successful, helping to improve my posture and reduce my pain.”
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Sophie from Condover
Sophie was diagnosed with scoliosis at 13 years old. The condition was holding her back from her favourite sports – trampolining, roller-skating and BMX. She was experiencing severe pain and found it hard to go to school. Sophie and her family decided to give our exercise-based treatment programme a try instead of opting for the standard scoliosis brace. As the Shropshire Star reported:
“Since her treatment, Sophie has been able to take up running as well as restarting her roller-skating hobby.”
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Sarah from Ludlow
At the age of 15, keen tennis player Sarah was told that her spine was so contorted, she’d never stand up straight again. Due to the risks associated with the operation, Sarah’s mother wanted to pursue other treatments before settling for invasive spinal fusion surgery. Sarah didn’t fully understand her condition to begin with, but we at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic were able to explain exactly what was going on to help put her at ease. Thanks to our ScolioGold treatment programme, Sarah has since been given the all-clear to play tennis again.
“I cannot wait to get back to playing tennis. I am also so excited to watch Wimbledon on television. Maybe one day I will be as good as some of the professional players.”
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Milly from Ludlow
Milly, aged 14, was told she would need to undergo intensive 9-hour surgery to correct the curvature in her spine. Devastated, Milly thought she would be affected by her condition for the rest of her life. Luckily, her parents sought out an alternative means of treatment and came across the Scoliosis SOS Clinic. During her month-long course of exercise-based therapy, Milly saw a major improvement in her posture and physical appearance.
“Since coming for treatment, I am relatively pain-free, something I am ecstatic about. My posture has improved immensely and I can now play hockey for hours with no discomfort.”
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If you’ve been diagnosed with scoliosis and it’s causing you distress, be sure to explore our exercise-based scoliosis treatment courses.