Darren Lui with Scoliosis SOS team

On Thursday 7th February 2019, we were privileged to welcome Mr Darren Lui into the Scoliosis SOS Clinic along with Kate Robertson, a physiotherapist who works alongside him in South West London. Mr Lui specialises in orthopaedics and has a particular interest in vertebral body tethering.

Mr Lui gave a very interesting presentation to our ScolioGold therapists and patient care co-ordinators about sagittal balance and the importance of assessing and treating each patient individually based on their presentation. He also discussed the ways in which he feels having an effective pre- and post-surgery physiotherapy structure in place could help to decrease scoliotic patients' pain and improve many patients' quality of life.

As a team, we discussed the significance of having a 'pretty x-ray' showing a straighter spine, and how this is often the sole goal of young girls undergoing spinal fusion surgery. Although this is the outcome for some patients, in a lot of cases this is far from a realistic outcome for the patient and the more important outcomes should be measured against patient flexibility, quality of life and pain reduction.

Mr Lui explained that if he is able to stabilise a curvature and prevent further progression, the procedure is still classed as a success. This initially shocked our team of ScolioGold therapists who had been so used to hearing about the significance of Cobb angle reduction within the orthopaedic world. In fact, many of our patients contact the clinic specifically to find out by how much they can expect to reduce their Cobb angle.

Here at Scoliosis SOS, we have seen patients reduce their Cobb angle by up to 20 degrees through exercise. However, this is never something we guarantee, and patients are specifically advised that the aim of our treatment is to prevent further progression and improve quality of life.

Up until very recently, most orthopaedic surgeons have failed to acknowledge that scoliosis can cause a patient a significant amount of pain. However, times are now changing, and more orthopaedic consultants are identifying that imbalances around the spine due to scoliosis can cause pain in patients. It has also been recognised that surgery would not necessarily be able to decrease pain levels in a patient with scoliosis.

Mr Lui was very keen to see the work our ScolioGold therapists do with our patients during a 4-week treatment course. The aim of ScolioGold treatment is to rebalance the muscles surrounding the spine, allowing patients to stand in a symmetrical upright position, improving their cosmetic appearance, reducing pain, and preventing further progression.

Patients on the NHS are currently offered very little opportunity to learn specific scoliosis exercises. These exercises are proven to be successful, and not only in preventing progression - they have also been shown to improve a patient's quality of life significantly.

Pre- and post-surgery physiotherapy is almost non-existent on the NHS, but allowing patients to take part in such activity could both prevent the need for surgery and improve the outcome for patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery.

We hope to work closely with Mr Lui over the next few months to make the dream of being able to offer ScolioGold treatment to more patients throughout the UK a reality.

For more information on the treatment we offer, please contact us online or call the Scoliosis SOS Clinic on 0207 488 4428.

We got some great news over the weekend: the Scoliosis SOS Clinic's YouTube channel now has more than 500 subscribers. That's enough to fill a jumbo jet!

This is a great milestone, and now of course we're looking forward to hitting the 1,000-subscriber mark. If you'd like to be a part of our audience, click the link below and hit the 'SUBSCRIBE' button on our channel's homepage!

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To celebrate this achievement, here's a quick look back at some of our most popular YouTube videos to date...

 

Axel's Journey from Sweden for Scheuermann's Treatment

Axel, a software developer from Gothenburg, came to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic in 2016. Axel has Scheuermann's kyphosis, and his desk-based job was making this condition worse - watch this case study video to find out how we helped him!

 

6 Stretches to Try at Home

In this video, our ScolioGold therapists demonstrate a variety of beneficial scoliosis exercises that are simple enough to be performed in the comfort of your own home. (Please note that the information in this video should not be treated as medical advice, and these stretches may not be suitable/beneficial for everyone.)

 

Treating Veronica's 55-Degree Scoliosis

Veronica was 15 years old when she came to us for scoliosis treatment. Our ScolioGold treatment programme helped her to avoid undergoing spinal fusion surgery.

Be sure to visit our Patient Stories page for lots more videos from the Scoliosis SOS Clinic!

The Queen's Award for Enterprise - International Trade 2018

Before we dive headlong into 2019, we'd like to take a moment to look back at one of our highlights of the year we've just left behind. Back in the first half of 2018, we learned that the Scoliosis SOS Clinic had won the Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade - this honour was a terrific testament to the passion and commitment that our staff demonstrate every single day.

 

About the Awards

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise were founded in 1966 and have since developed into their current format, which is made up of four award categories. Her Majesty the Queen chooses the winners of the awards on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by a committee made up of government figures, union representatives, and other people from a variety of industries and trades. Winners are announced annually on 21 April (the Queen's birthday).

The awards are given to businesses for outstanding achievement in International Trade, Sustainable Development, Innovation, and Promoting Opportunity, to recognise organisations that promote social mobility. Previous winners include Dyson, Oxford Instruments and JCB.

 

Thank You!

Winning this award would not have been possible without all of our patients from all over the world. In 2018 alone, patients travelled from 72 different countries to receive treatment for their spines at our clinic. We'd like to thank every single one of you for your trust and enthusiasm - this award is for you.

We will strive to continue providing the best support and assistance possible to all of our patients in the New Year. Click the link below to view the full list of 2018 Queen's Award winners.

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Scoliosis SOS Team

Doesn't time fly? It feels like only a few months have passed since we celebrated the Scoliosis SOS Clinic's 10-year anniversary, when in reality it's nearly two years later and our TWELFTH anniversary is almost upon us!

Erika Maude founded Scoliosis SOS in her hometown of Martlesham, Suffolk back in 2006. Erika, herself a scoliosis sufferer, had recently chosen to seek treatment abroad instead of undergoing spinal fusion surgery; she was treated using the Schroth method, and the results were very positive indeed. Upon returning to England, she decided to set up a Schroth clinic that would give UK-based scoliosis patients a real alternative to surgery.

And so Scoliosis SOS was born. Nearly 12 years later, we are one of the world's leading providers of non-surgical scoliosis treatment - we have treated patients from virtually every corner of the globe, helping them to overcome the symptoms of scoliosis and lead higher-quality lives without surgical intervention.

What have we achieved in the last 12 years?

Since the Scoliosis SOS Clinic first opened its doors, we have:

Most importantly of all, we have helped countless scoliosis sufferers to live the lives they wish to live - whether that's meant dancing, participating in sports, or simply reducing the pain that often comes from a curved spine.

We'd like to say a huge 'thank you' to all the people who have been a part of the Scoliosis SOS Clinic's outstanding success over the last 12 years - here's to many more!

Find out more about Scoliosis SOS

Here at Scoliosis SOS, we pride ourselves on our status as a truly international treatment centre. Scoliosis sufferers of all ages have come from all over the world to receive non-surgical treatment at our clinic - in fact, in the last year alone, we have treated individuals from no fewer than 72 different countries and territories! (Not including the United Kingdom, where our clinic is located.)

Scoliosis Patients from Around the World

In the last 12 months, as shown on the map above, we have been lucky enough to meet and treat people from:
  • Algeria
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Faroe Islands
  • France
  • Gambia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Lithuania
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norfolk Island
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia 
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America
  • Virgin Islands
You can read about some of our visitors from abroad on our Overseas Patients page. If you visit our YouTube channel, you will also be able to watch interviews with many of our foreign patients.

Why do people choose to travel to our clinic?

Having scanned the long list of countries above, you may be wondering why exactly the Scoliosis SOS Clinic is worth a long journey to London from Tanzania or Peru or New Zealand. In other words: why do people from every corner of the globe come to our clinic in England?

The answer is rooted in the fact that we specialise in non-surgical treatment for scoliosis and other spinal conditions. In most parts of the world, the standard treatment route for scoliosis sufferers involves wearing an uncomfortable plastic brace and undergoing surgery if the curve progresses past a certain point. Here at Scoliosis SOS, we offer a real alternative to surgical intervention: ScolioGold therapy, our own treatment programme which is based on the Schroth method but also incorporates numerous other approaches.

For years now, ScolioGold treatment has been reducing Cobb angles and improving quality of life among scoliosis patients from all sorts of backgrounds. Effective non-surgical treatments for scoliosis are unfortunately still unavailable in many countries, and this - combined with the worldwide word-of-mouth advertising that our happy patients provide for us upon returning home - goes a long way to explaining why people are prepared to travel long distances to benefit from our own treatment methods.

No matter where in the world you live, if you are suffering from a curved spine, we would love to hear from you. Contact Scoliosis SOS today to arrange an initial consultation - this can be carried out via Skype or over the telephone if you don't live anywhere near London.