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.
Many of the patients who receive treatment here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic - particularly our many overseas patients - opt to stay in our self-catering accommodation for the duration of their ScolioGold course. There are several studio apartments within the clinic building, and staying with us means that the City of London is right on your doorstep!

We've already suggested a number of things to do during your stay in London, but today, we'd like to focus specifically on the capital's many fine eateries. To get your mouth watering, here are 5 highly-rated restaurants located less than a mile from our clinic:


Bari Bari

  • Cuisine: Korean
  • Address: 24 White Church Lane, London E1 7QR
  • Distance from Scoliosis SOS Clinic: 0.3 miles
Bari Bari offers a wide range of traditional Korean dishes, plus a few modern twists. Their menu is packed with delicious stews, hot pots, and sizzling Korean barbecue dishes.


The Dispensary

  • Cuisine: British / Various
  • Address: 19A Leman Street, Whitechapel, London E1 8EN
  • Distance from Scoliosis SOS Clinic: 0.2 miles
More than just pub food! In addition to British classics like pie and chips, The Dispensary offers a variety of posher options such as wild mushroom ravioli and spiced chicken breast with Cajun spices and Greek yoghurt.


Thai Square (Minories)

  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Address: 136-138 Minories, London EC3N 1NT
  • Distance from Scoliosis SOS Clinic: 0.2 miles
The Thai Square group has restaurants all over London - their Minories location is a mere 3-minute walk from our front door. The interior is decorated with traditional carvings and Buddhist sculptures, making this the perfect environment in which to enjoy contemporary Thai dishes like golden soft shell crab and the spicy Weeping Tiger.


Sushinoen

  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Address: 2 White Church Lane, Whitechapel, London E1 7QR
  • Distance from Scoliosis SOS Clinic: 0.4 miles
If you love sushi, this is the place for you! Sushinoen's menu is home to a wide range of authentic Japanese dishes, including a variety of non-sushi options (including sukiyaki, a "legendary" hot pot meal) for those who would rather have something hot.


Absurd Bird (Spitalfields)

  • Cuisine: American
  • Address: 54 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT
  • Distance from Scoliosis SOS Clinic: 0.4 miles
Fancy a taste of the American South? Absurd Bird specialise in fried chicken, often served with waffles, maple syrup, and smoked sweet gravy (as shown in the photo above). It may sound like a strange combination, but don't knock it until you've tried it!

Click here to find out more about our scoliosis clinic, located right in the heart of London.
We at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic are very lucky to be based right in the centre of London. Not only does our location make it easy for people to visit us from all over the world, it also means that we've got some amazing attractions and landmarks right on our doorstep.
 
If you're thinking of attending a ScolioGold treatment course and staying at our self-catering accommodation in the heart of London, here are 10 things you might want to squeeze in while you're here:
 
London Eye
Photo by Yoga Balaji (view original here)

1. London Eye

Cost: £21.20 (standard entry ticket)
Nearest Tube Station: Waterloo
Approximate Distance from Scoliosis SOS Clinic: 3 miles
 
Constructed just prior to the turn of the millennium, the London Eye has become one of the city's most iconic and instantly-recognisable landmarks. One ride lasts 30 minutes, giving you plenty of time to drink in the stunning view as you rise more than 400 feet above the ground.
 
More amazing views of London:
Harrods

2. Harrods Department Store

Cost: Free (but bring some spending money!)
Nearest Tube Station: Knightsbridge
Approximate Distance from Scoliosis SOS Clinic: 5 miles
 
Harrods is right up there with Macy's in New York City as one of the most famous department stores in the world. They pride themselves on offering a 'luxurious shopping experience', and with 330 departments spread over seven sprawling floors, you're sure to find something you like!
 
More famous shops:
Science Museum
Photo by Christine Matthews (view original here)

3. Science Museum

Cost: Free (donations welcome)
Nearest Tube Station: South Kensington
Approximate Distance from Scoliosis SOS Clinic: 6 miles
 
The Science Museum boasts a world-leading collection of scientific exhibits and interactive installations. Even if you're not particularly enthusiastic about science, you're sure to have a great time as you make your way around the museum and discover all it has to offer.
 
More museums:
Tower of London
Photo by Peter Pikous (view original here)

4. Tower of London

Cost: £25 (gate price for an adult ticket)
Nearest Tube Station: Tower Hill
Approximate Distance from Scoliosis SOS Clinic: <1 mile
 
See the Crown Jewels, spot the ravens, and learn all about this infamous London landmark and the people who have dwelled within in its walls down the centuries. The Tower plays host to lots of different activities and events at different times of the year, so be sure to check their website to find out what's happening during your stay in London!
 
More historical hotspots:
Les Misérables

5. Les Misérables

Cost: Ticket Prices Vary
Nearest Tube Station: Leicester Square
Approximate Distance from Scoliosis SOS Clinic: 3 miles
 
The West End's longest-running musical is well worth catching if you can get your hands on a ticket! Currently running at the Queen's Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, Les Misérables is the epic show that gave the world songs like I Dreamed a Dream, Do You Hear the People Sing? and Bring Him Home. You may have seen the movie starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, but there's no substitute for seeing 'Les Mis' live on stage.
 
More West End musicals:
James Bond Wax Work
Photo by Aashish Rao (view original here)

6. Madame Tussauds

Cost: From £29
Nearest Tube Station: Baker Street
Approximate Distance from Scoliosis SOS Clinic: 5 miles
 
This world-famous wax museum gives visitors the chance to meet movie stars, stand next to famous fictional characters, and even pose with members of the British Royal Family. Recent additions to the Madame Tussauds collection include Benedict Cumberbatch, Adele, Justin Bieber, and a number of famous faces from of the Star Wars films.
 
More top tourist attractions:
 
Rough Trade East
Photo by Steve Bowbrick (view original here)

7. Rough Trade East

Cost: Free (but bring some spending money!)
Nearest Tube Station: Aldgate East
Approximate Distance from Scoliosis SOS Clinic: <1 mile
 
If you're a music fan, this shop's name may ring a bell - not only is Rough Trade one of the UK's most successful independent record stores, it's also the record label that released classic albums by bands like The Smiths and (more recently) The Strokes and The Libertines. Rough Trade East is a must-visit for music fans in London - the shop boasts a wide range of CDs and vinyl records, plus it frequently hosts in-store gigs and signing events. It's only a stone's throw from the well-known Brick Lane Market, too.
 
More record shops:
Buckingham Palace
Photo by David Iliff (view original here)

8. Buckingham Palace

Cost: £80 (guided tour of the State Rooms, 16 Dec 2016 - 5 Feb 2017)
Nearest Tube Station: Green Park
Approximate Distance from Scoliosis SOS Clinic: 3 miles
 
The Royal Family are of course a big draw for many foreign visitors to the United Kingdom, and if you're interested in catching a glimpse of the Royal lifestyle then Buckingham Palace (the Queen's London residence) is the attraction for you. Various guided tours are available at different times of the year, but if you're short on cash you can still go and see the palace and its magnificent grounds free of charge.
 
More royal attractions:
 

9. The Sherlock Holmes Museum

Cost: £15 (discount for under 16s)
Nearest Tube Station: Baker Street
Approximate Distance from Scoliosis SOS Clinic: 5 miles
 
London is, of course, the home of fabled detective extraordinaire Sherlock Holmes. This exhibition can be found on Baker Street (where Holmes supposedly lived), and it's a must-see for any fan of Arthur Conan Doyle's books and the many movies and TV shows they inspired.
 
More suggestions for Sherlock fans:
 
 
Brixton Academy
Photo by Ewan Munro (view original here)

10. O2 Academy Brixton

Cost: Ticket Prices Vary
Nearest Tube Station: Brixton
Approximate Distance from Scoliosis SOS Clinic: 5 miles
 
London is a big city, and if you like going to concerts, there are always plenty to choose from. The O2 Academy in Brixton is one very popular spot with a consistently impressive and diverse programme: upcoming gigs at time of writing include All Time Low, PJ Harvey, Ne-Yo and Tom Odell.
 
More gig venues:
Scoliosis SOS provide effective, non-surgical treatment for scoliosis and other spinal conditions. Click here to find out more about our internationally-renowned clinic in London, or contact us now to arrange an initial consultation (this can be carried out via Skype or over the phone).
Scoliosis can impact anyone at any time of life, but the condition can be especially challenging in older patients. This is due in part to the increased chance of additional diseases or disorders - such as osteoporosis - being present.


Scoliosis most commonly affects adolescents (most cases are diagnosed between the ages of 10 and 15), and the cause is not usually known. However, in older patients, scoliosis often materialises due to asymmetric degeneration that wears through the body's facet joints and intervertebral discs. This has a very distinct appearance on X-rays, and the resulting spinal curvature tend to be very steep, with sideways slippage of the bone in the middle (called a lateral listhesis); this is usually caused by the weakening of fibres in the discs. Canal stenosis - the narrowing of holes in spinal nerves - is another common occurrence in degenerative scoliosis, which can often lead to pain that radiates down into the hips and legs.

How can we treat scoliosis in older people? 

Available scoliosis treatment options can become somewhat limited in later life. Back braces tend to be less effective, and it can be difficult for older patients to go through and recover from surgery. It is not guaranteed that surgery will 'fix' the problem for good, and there is a high possibility of the patient experiencing pain and reduced mobility and flexibility post-operation.

Instead, we at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic treat the condition using our own unique combination of exercise-based techniques; we call this the ScolioGold method. By using our own treatment regime, we are able to offer patients an unrivalled level of treatment success; we have an expert team of consultants and physiotherapists on-site, and we are continually monitoring and developing our method in order to ensure that it continues to deliver top results. We have treated many elderly patients, helping them to overcome the effects of scoliosis without the need for a back brace or surgical intervention.

One such patient is 75-year-old Brenda Kenyon from Cheshire, who didn't even know she had scoliosis until 2010. She has now been attending the Scoliosis SOS Clinic for 6 years, and we'll let Brenda tell the rest of the story herself:


To see what we can achieve when treating scoliosis in older people, please click here. If you are interested in attending one of our 4-week treatment courses yourself, please get in touch with us to book your initial consultation.
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