Many of the patients we treat here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic have a keen interest in sports. From rugby players and footballers to jockeys and kickboxers, we must have welcomed just about every type of sportsperson there is through the doors of our clinic!
Mind you, this isn't a coincidence - while scoliosis can have a colossal impact on anyone's life, being diagnosed with a curvature of the spine can be particularly devastating for dedicated sportspeople. Scoliosis regularly leads to muscular imbalance and impaired flexibility / mobility, and when the patient is involved with sports or other physical activities, these symptoms may have a very negative effect on their performance.
It therefore stands to reason that sportspeople with scoliosis have more reason than most to seek an effective means of managing the condition. Happily, ScolioGold therapy
(our own treatment method, specifically tailored to the unique needs of scoliosis sufferers) has proven to be a very effective means of tackling scoliosis and helping scoliotic sports enthusiasts to keep on performing to the very best of their abilities.
Here are just a few of the sport-loving scoliosis patients whom we've helped over the years:
Hannah (15, Swansea)
Rugby can be rough even on a completely healthy body, and so 15-year-old Hannah understandably though that her rugby-playing days were over when she was diagnosed with a 37-degree curve in her spine. Fortunately, she happened to be watching TV when our founder Erika Maude was being interviewed on the BBC, and our treatment course left her in less pain, with a better posture and the ability to take part in demanding physical activities once again.
James (15, Birmingham)
Spinal fusion surgery would likely have brought James's tennis days to an abrupt end. "Sitting on the sidelines and watching my friends having fun was soul-destroying," he said of his time away from the court. However, his parents came across our clinic online and he was "ecstatic" when they told him that they'd found an alternative to surgery. After the treatment, James said that he had a "new lease of life" and was looking forward to a full summer of tennis.
Paige (13, Birmingham)
Paige was an enthusiastic young kickboxer from the West Midlands who came to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic (then located in Suffolk) with a 54-degree spinal curve. She was distraught at the prospect of having steel rods inserted into her back, not least because this would likely leave her unable to participate in her favourite sport any longer. In the end, however, a ScolioGold treatment course and an ongoing exercise regime ensured that she could carry on as before.
Rosie, a keen horse rider from Twickenham, was experiencing a lot of pain and discomfort due to her scoliosis - especially while she was on horseback. Worried that this might scupper her ambitions to become a professional jockey, Rosie came to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, and our non-surgical treatment course got her back on track.
Sophie (18, Essex)
Sophie was diagnosed with scoliosis after a football match left her with an agonising pain in her back. She came to us because she was determined to avoid undergoing surgery, and six months after the day of her diagnosis (when her mum commented on how hunched-over she looked), she was able to stand up straight and get back on the football pitch again.
If you or a loved one need scoliosis treatment, please contact Scoliosis SOS to book an initial consultation.