In January 2019, Pia (47) and her daughter Lova (14) travelled to London from their home in Gothenburg, Sweden to undergo treatment here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic. Read on to find out how we were able to help them alleviate their scoliosis problems!
Lova was diagnosed with scoliosis in 2016. She was 12 years old at the time, and her Cobb angle measurement was 40 degrees. Lova’s scoliosis appeared to be hereditary – her mother, aunt and great-grandma had all been diagnosed with the same condition previously.
Once diagnosed, Lova attended biannual check-ups with her school nurse. Though a candidate for surgery, Lova did not want to undergo an operation and decided to look at non-surgical options instead. She started wearing a Providence brace for a total of 8 hours a night to slow the progress of her spinal curve, but over the next 18 months, her Cobb angle worsened to 42 degrees, putting her on the borderline for surgical intervention. This came as a real blow to Lova, an avid horse rider and keen gymnast who was concerned that spinal surgery would limit her ability to continue these activities.
Lova’s mother Pia is a 47-year-old paediatric consultant and surgeon. Pia was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 12 (just like Lova), and before coming to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, she had been experiencing a lot of lower back pain as a result of the 33- and 28-degree curves in her thoracic and lumbar spine. This was especially problematic when Pia was carrying out long surgical procedures.
Pia wore a Boston brace for 3 and a half years between the ages of 12 and 16, and she tried several courses of physiotherapy treatment after that in an effort to alleviate the curve in her spine. But neither the brace nor the physiotherapy were ever of any long-term help, with only intermittent results achieved.
In the end, it was Anna Nordenstrom – one of our previous patients and a colleague of Pia’s – who recommended the Scoliosis SOS Clinic in the hope that we would be able to help both Pia and her daughter.
How We Helped
Pia and Lova underwent 4 weeks of therapy with Scoliosis SOS, including group and one-to-one sessions comprising specific corrective exercises and pain relief measures targeted at each woman’s specific condition.
Pia saw a 50% reduction in her cervical rotation and a 20% reduction in her thoracic rotation, along with decreased levels of pain. Lova experienced a 50% reduction in her cervical rotation and grew by 3cm!
During a check-up with her consultant in Sweden, Lova was told that the curvature in her spine now measured just 38 degrees and that she was no longer a candidate for surgery – great news!
Watch the video below for a full account of Lova and Pia’s story.
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