A young budding tennis player has avoided risky surgery to correct his scoliosis thanks to pioneering treatment that focuses on strengthening muscles around the spine.
Jason Needham, 10, had always been very fit and active until his mother Jess noticed that her son’s ribs were protruding on one side of his back.
The youngster, of Waveney Avenue in Bedford, had also recently begun complaining of backache and was struggling to keep up at his tennis club.
Jess arranged an emergency appointment with the family GP who diagnosed Jason with scoliosis, which causes curvature of the spine.
He was referred to a specialist but was told there was likely to be a three month wait.
So, the Needham family decided to do their own research and were alarmed to learn the full extent of the condition.
Scoliosis causes the spine to excessively curve sideways and the condition affects more that four per cent of the population. If left untreated it can lead to fatal heart and lung problems.
Jason had to give up tennis as his health deteriorated because his condition caused his flexibility and lung capacity to reduce. He also lost a huge amount of his confidence and stamina.
In a desperate bid to find help, Jason’s mother started to search the internet for alternative treatments and discovered Scoliosis SOS - a London clinic founded and run by Erika Maude, who has Scoliosis herself.
It is the only centre in the world to offer treatment following the ScolioGold method, which is the combination of internationally renowned non-surgical treatments that have been practiced separately in Europe for decades.
Jess booked Jason onto a four week treatment course and within weeks his condition improved dramatically.
“I am so excited to have found a way of managing my son’s condition and I really am looking forward to letting him fill his summer with tennis,” said Jess.
“I am actually able to allow him to enjoy being young again without feeling like I have to wrap him in cotton wool.
Jason learnt a set of exercises that strengthened the muscles surrounding his spine and meant that his scoliosis stabilised.
He no longer gets short of breath when doing exercise and his self-confident personality has returned.
It has also made a huge improvement to Jason’s cosmetic appearance and he has been able to return to the tennis court.
Mum Jess said: “The work that goes on in those treatment rooms is incredible and I would recommend anyone with scoliosis to do the course, never under estimate the power of your muscles.”
To find out more visit www.scoliosisSOS.com