Idiopathic scoliosis can develop at any stage of a person's life, but it most commonly arises between the ages of 10 and 15. With this in mind, it's no surprise that teenagers account for such a large percentage of the Scoliosis SOS Clinic's patient base – as you can see here
, we treat a lot of people in their mid-to-late teens, and our courses consistently help adolescent patients to overcome the symptoms of scoliosis at a relatively young age.
How does scoliosis affect teenagers?
Scoliosis can cause back pain, muscular imbalance, and compromised breathing, and these symptoms can have a hugely detrimental effect on the quality of one's life at any age. The condition can also have a noticeable impact on one's appearance – common effects include:
- Visible spinal curvature
- Uneven shoulders/legs/hips
- Clothes not fitting properly
While these issues can be distressing no matter how old you are, they are often especially damaging when the patient in question is a teenager. The visible effects of scoliosis often lead to reduced self-esteem and a negative self-image, and the emotional repercussions can often be just as problematic as any physical difficulties experienced, if not more so.
Non-surgical treatment courses
Our ScolioGold therapy
courses have proven extremely effective in the treatment of scoliosis and similar spinal conditions, and as previously mentioned, they have helped countless teenage patients to achieve marked improvements. But don't take our word for it - listen to the feedback we received from Phoebe, Madeline and Ava, three teenage girls who completed treatment courses at our clinic last year:
Our four-week courses utilise a variety of proven treatment methods
to combat the effects of scoliosis without the need for surgical intervention. Course dates
are flexible, allowing teenagers to receive treatment around school/college and other commitments.
How to book your initial consultation
If you or your child suffer from scoliosis and you wish to arrange a consultation with a member of the Scoliosis SOS team, please fill out the form on our Contact
page and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the Scoliosis SOS team for more information on scoliosis in teens!
If you've read about the benefits of our non-surgical scoliosis therapy and decided that a Scoliosis SOS treatment course is the right choice for your spinal condition, you may be wondering what the next step is.
Here's how to get in touch with the Scoliosis SOS clinic, arrange your initial consultation, and book a place on one of our ScolioGold
Step 1 - Browse Upcoming Course Dates
Before you contact the clinic, we recommend that you take a look at our list of upcoming course dates
to get a rough idea of when you'd like to visit us. Courses typically last 4 weeks, and can either be completed in one go or split into two shorter periods of 2 weeks each.
If neither of these options suit your schedule, we also offer premium "Pick 'n' Mix" courses that allow you to complete your treatment course over a number of shorter periods.
Step 2 - Arrange an Initial Consultation
Once you've viewed our available course dates, head over to our Contact page and submit your details using the form provided. You'll need to give a brief description of your current condition, along with the following information:
- When your condition was diagnosed
- The angle of your spinal condition (if you know it)
- Whether or not you have worn a brace, undergone surgery, and/or received any other treatment for your condition
Once you've entered all of this information, you will have the opportunity to request a consultation with a member of the Scoliosis SOS team. This session can be conducted in person, via Skype, or over the phone - the choice is yours. Consultations can be scheduled for any time between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Step 3 - Book Your Course
The initial consultation allows us to assess your spinal condition in more detail and decide whether ScolioGold therapy would be an appropriate course of action. If so, we will be in touch to help you book a place on the course dates that best suit you. We can also arrange accommodation in London if you will need a place to stay over the course of your treatment programme.
The Scoliosis SOS Clinic is situated on Mansell Street in London, but don't assume because of our location that all of our patients are British! People travel from all over the world to receive scoliosis treatment from our therapists; in fact, 30% of the patients who attend our treatment courses are from overseas. We've met scoliosis sufferers from Australia, Zimbabwe, and everywhere in between, and each of them benefited hugely from the non-surgical therapeutic methods in which we specialise.
shows the locations of some of our former patients:
As you can see, our treatment courses have helped people from right across the globe to overcome their spinal conditions. Having looked at that map, you may well be wondering why people go to such great lengths to visit the Scoliosis SOS Clinic – why would someone from Texas or New Zealand or Saudi Arabia travel thousands of miles to undergo treatment at a clinic in the United Kingdom? In other words...
What makes us worth the journey?
We are a team of chartered physiotherapists and consultants specialising in non-surgical treatments for scoliosis and other spinal conditions. Clinics like ours aren’t common – as we often point out, we’re the only non-surgical scoliosis clinic in the UK, but a lot of countries aren’t even fortunate enough to have the one. Every year, countless scoliosis sufferers worldwide are told that surgery is the only effective way to combat their condition; the people who come to our clinic from other countries do so because they discovered (usually via the internet) that there was an alternative after all.
Take Nadia Browne
, a teenage girl from New Jersey, USA. As a great lover of sports, Nadia was shocked to be diagnosed with scoliosis, especially when she was told that she would need a nine-hour operation to correct her spinal curvature. Desperate for an alternative solution, Nadia attended started seeing a chiropractor, but after two years, it became clear that these sessions were not having the desired effect.
It was at this point that Nadia's parents conducted an internet search for non-surgical treatment options and discovered the Scoliosis SOS Clinic. It wasn't an easy decision to make, but the Browne family eventually came to the conclusion that the 3,500-mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean would be worth it if Nadia could avoid a risky surgical procedure.
Here's what Nadia herself had to say after completing a ScolioGold
"Being told you need to have a major operation is incredibly scary and I am so glad the Scoliosis SOS Clinic gave me an alternative. I have been able to return to all my sports lessons and no longer suffer any pain."
The Scoliosis SOS Clinic is located in London, England. Treatment courses typically last for four weeks, and accommodation is available within the clinic building (details here). No matter where in the world you live, we would be happy to hear from you – please contact us now to discuss your situation and arrange an initial consultation.
Scoliosis isn’t the only disorder we treat here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic. Our therapists have also helped countless people to overcome the symptoms of hyperkyphosis, another spinal condition that causes the patient’s upper back to appear unusually rounded or hunched.
In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at hyperkyphosis, explore the differences between hyperkyphosis and scoliosis, and detail the ways in which our non-surgical treatment courses can help to combat this condition.
Hyperkyphosis affects approximately 8% of the general population. It is a curvature of the spine that specifically affects the upper back, curving the spine forwards between the shoulder blades.
This tends to result in a hunched/rounded posture, and can also cause stiffness and back pain.
Hyperkyphosis vs. Scoliosis: What's the Difference?
Hyperkyphosis and scoliosis can both be described as curvatures of the spine; the difference lies in the direction of the curvature.
- Hyperkyphosis: Causes the upper* region of the spine to curve forwards.
- Scoliosis: Causes the spine to curve sideways.
*Excessive forward curvature of the lower spine is known as hyperlordosis.
Hyperkyphosis Treatment Courses
Our internationally-renowned ScolioGold therapy courses are extremely effective in the treatment of hyperkyphosis. We use a number of non-surgical methods (detailed here
) to achieve noticeable postural improvement in a matter of weeks, and this in turn helps to alleviate symptoms such as stiffness and pain.
While our hyperkyphosis treatment courses comprise many of the same key elements as our scoliosis courses, hyperkyphosis sufferers do follow a slightly different programme that specifically aims to encourage straight, upright posture.
Click here for more information about hyperkyphosis, scoliosis, and our non-surgical treatment methods. Alternatively, please contact us now to book your hyperkyphosis treatment course.