At Scoliosis Revolution, we have been working with a female in her early 20’s to treat her scoliosis. One such way of doing this is through effective night time positioning. The above image demonstrates how this can be utilised to effectively manage the condition. The evening before image shows how a day of working impacts upon the curve of her spine. The morning after image highlights how utilising night time positioning equipment can improve this.
Our treatment programme:
I was about 10 when I found out I had curvature of the spine. When I was at the doctor’s for another reason, they noticed my back was curved and referred me to an orthopaedic hospital. Following this I was told to ‘watch and wait’ to see how it progressed and when I was roughly 12, the doctors prescribed me with a Boston Brace to wear for 23 hours every day, as my curvature had worsened.
Due to my curvature getting worse I would often experience intense pain which prevented me from sitting or standing for long periods of time, especially if I was doing a lot of walking e.g. shopping or going to theme parks. Despite this, I did not want to have surgery as I wanted to remain as active as possible and it was during this period that I decided I wanted a non-invasive and effective solution to managing the curvature.
In spite of this I qualified as an occupational therapist and after meeting a member of the treatment team at an occupational therapy conference in Southampton I wanted to learn more about the non-surgical method proposed by Scoliosis Revolution.
I have been undergoing treatment since February and am so pleased how easy the treatment has been to implement, and pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it is (even though it may not look it!).
As I have been able to stay active during the treatment and follow the physio exercises, I am in much less pain and can see a real difference in the curvature of my spine the morning after using the sleep system. I’ve even signed up to do a half marathon for Great Ormond Street hospital, which I never thought would have been possible!
After my sister was diagnosed, my mum noticed I also had a curvature of the spine. Doctors suggested that I ‘watch and wait’ to see if it got worse. When it did, I was given a back brace which was to be worn for 23 hours a day to have any effect. I was embarrassed by it and as a result only wore it at night.
When I was growing the pain and my curvature got worse until my back was considered ‘bad’ enough that I was recommended surgery, the only treatment option available. This is something I was quite strongly against, especially at my age as I was unsure and nervous of the implications it could cause. A big thing for me is physical activity, especially as a keen rower and I wanted to be able to keep up my usual activity, which would not have been possible with the surgery.
I am really glad I found Scoliosis Revolution as it is a much needed alternative to the limited treatment options available - and it actually works!