When Erika Maude founded Scoliosis SOS back in 2006
, she opened a clinic in Martlesham, a village in her home county of Suffolk. Word quickly spread, and patients flocked to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic from miles around, eager to see if the Clinic's exercise-based scoliosis treatments could give them a better quality of life and eliminate the need for invasive surgery.
In 2009, Erika and the Scoliosis SOS team decided that, in order to better serve the needs of scoliosis sufferers from further afield, the Clinic should relocate to its present-day home in London. Non-surgical scoliosis treatments are still not widely available in a lot of countries, and many scoliosis sufferers wanted to travel to our clinic from abroad but found it difficult to get to a small village in Suffolk.
Left: Our old clinic in Martlesham, Suffolk.
Right: Our current location in the City of London.
By contrast, our current location on Mansell Street in London is easily accessible from just about anywhere. London, of course, is served by several international airports, and Mansell Street is within easy walking distance of several railway stations (Fenchurch Street, Liverpool Street) and London Underground stops (Aldgate, Aldgate East, Tower Gateway and others).
We're often asked questions regarding the severity of an individual's spinal curve and whether or not this makes them a suitable candidate for ScolioGold treatment. While there is some debate regarding which treatments are best-suited to different cases, many doctors recommend surgical intervention for those with a Cobb angle of 40-50 degrees or more.
Despite this, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that scoliosis sufferers with a 55 degree curve or more can be successfully treated via non-surgical methods, which help to relieve pain, reduce the visibility of the scoliotic curve, and prevent the condition from progressing further. Here at Scoliosis SOS, we have treated countless patients whose angles exceed the proposed threshold for surgery, with consistently impressive results.
While we have treated curves ranging from 12 to 120 degrees, the majority of our patients fall within the range of 20-65 degrees, with many having explored the possibility of surgery already. One of our previous patients, Veronica Gabinet, had a curve of 55 degrees, and had attempted treatment with a Boston brace to no avail. She came across the Scoliosis SOS Clinic while researching non-surgical treatments online; in the end, she decided against undergoing an operation to treat her spinal curve, and decided to enrol on one of our treatment courses instead.
For Veronica, as for many young people who suffer from scoliosis, the risks associated with surgery were a daunting prospect. Veronica took part in activities such as dance, tennis, and other physically-demanding hobbies, and in cases such as these, a spinal operation can be an extremely restrictive and drastic solution, presenting an entirely new set of problems even as it helps with the scoliosis itself.
In an interview we conducted with Veronica after her treatment with us, she said that she would definitely recommend trying non-surgical therapies before surgery. Despite having a curve of 55 degrees, she was able to see a marked improvement in her symptoms, particularly with regards to her posture. You can hear her full story, and find out more about her experience at Scoliosis SOS here:
If you have a 55 degree curve or higher, and are unsure as to whether our treatment would benefit you, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We can arrange a professional consultation which will help you to select the best course of action for your individual case.
affects people's lives in all kinds of different ways, but for many scoliosis sufferers, the single worst thing about having a curved spine is the pain it causes. Just as back pain doesn't always mean scoliosis, a scoliotic curve isn't always painful, but when pain is present it's often incredibly debilitating. This leads patients to seek out various methods of pain relief for their condition.
Many scoliosis sufferers use painkilling medication to help them cope with the discomfort that accompanies their condition. Some find that over-the-counter remedies like paracetamol are sufficient; others require stronger painkillers to bring their pain down to a manageable level. Some scoliotics even receive local anaesthetic or steroid injections to relieve the pain.
Treating the cause
Of course, painkilling medication is not an effective long-term solution. Paracetamol and ibuprofen have no effect on the source of the pain - that is, the muscle imbalance caused by the patient's curved spine - and so, in order to live a pain-free lifestyle using painkillers alone, a scoliosis sufferer would have to medicate several times a day for the rest of their life.
Far better, then, to treat the cause
of the pain rather than temporarily getting pain relief via medication. Common treatments for scoliosis include spinal fusion surgery
and back bracing
, but neither treatment is routinely prescribed to specifically target back pain, and methods have their drawbacks: surgery is risky and comes with a long recovery period, while many people find the brace to be uncomfortable and cumbersome.
There is a third option, however. Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we deliver exercise-based treatment courses that are specifically designed to reduce back pain, correct spinal curvature, and improve scoliosis sufferers' overall quality of life. Watch the video below to hear how Anne Sellick, a patient of ours from London, overcame her excruciating back pain by attending one of our ScolioGold
If you'd like to find out more about our treatment courses and how they can provide long-term pain relief for scoliosis sufferers, please get in touch
to arrange an initial consultation with a member of our team.