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Spine trouble fails to cramp swimmer’s style
5:40pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
SIXTEEN-year-old Emma Raisin was a normal teenage girl right up until last year when she was diagnosed with a severe curve in her spine and told that she needed an operation to save her mobility.
Devastated and with very few options, the Raisin family had almost agreed to the surgery when they discovered an exercise routine which has drastically changed Emma’s prognosis.
Emma had always been very fit and active and she was passionate about swimming until her mother started to notice that her shoulder blade was protruding on one side and her hips were uneven.
An emergency appointment with her GP saw Emma diagnosed with scoliosis, or curvature of the spine.
Emma said: “I was so upset when I was told about my spine. I had always loved being the centre of attention and having my family watch me swim; I was getting really good, training up to five times a week.
“When I was told that swimming and excessive exercise would put more pressure on my spine and it was something I should consider giving up, I was devastated.”
Scoliosis causes the spine to curve sideways. The condition affects more than four per cent of the population and if left untreated, can lead to fatal heart and lung problems.
Current treatment in this country is to wait until the curve becomes so severe, that the only option left is to operate.
The major operation is an incredibly risky procedure which involves metal rods being inserted either side of the spine, before the spine is fused solid.
The family eventually discovered Scoliosis SOS, which offers the ScolioGold method – a combination of internationally renowned non-surgical treatments, which have been practised separately in Europe for several decades. Following a four-week treatment Emma is delighted to be back in the pool. She said: “I am so relieved to get back to what I love. I really didn’t want to have surgery. Swimming is my life.”