Adult degenerative scoliosis: a success story without surgery
“I finally found that I had arrived at the right place and something was actually being done.” - Lady Venetia shares her story about LOC’s treatment for her adult degenerative Scoliosis.
It is fair to say that Venetia had been through the mill before she came to see us in March. It started about 3 years ago when Venetia kept getting bad cramps at night. Having rejected the quinine prescription suggested by her GP, the next symptoms to appear were pins and needles in her legs. For a time, physiotherapy sessions really helped - but then Venetia started to experience a lot of pain in her hips.
An X-ray showed that her hips were clear but curvature of the spine was revealed. The ensuing MRI scan revealed a trapped nerve and Venetia underwent spinal decompression surgery in September 2018. Surgery really made a difference, according to Venetia the effect was “fantastic”. However, there still seemed to be an underlying problem, Venetia’s self-diagnosis was that her ribs seemed to be impinging on her hips. By this stage her GP had run out of ideas as to how to help so Venetia referred herself to a spinal surgeon who told her she was in much too good a condition to have surgery. Instead, the surgeon referred her to LOC for a non-surgical solution to her condition.
Anna and Debs (part of our specialist Scoliosis team) saw Venetia in early March and immediately diagnosed severe Scoliosis, a subsequent X-ray revealed she had a Cobb angle of 61 degrees. LOC’s treatment plan consisted of a bespoke brace combined with a series of exercises. Finally, Venetia felt that a long-term solution had been found:
“My pain levels are hugely improved, my ribs were tender and now they are not,” Venetia says. “My brace was made individually for me. It’s not one size fits all and, if it is not completely perfect, LOC alters it on the spot. I was so surprised that I could wear the brace under my clothes, I did not need to go and buy anything, I just wear loose tops.”
Venetia’s final piece of advice for anybody coming in for treatment for scoliosis is “they need to do their exercises every day as instructed and to be aware of their posture”.
We took a ‘home video’ of Venetia when she came into the clinic for a scheduled review.
Watch her chat above. Anna is asking the questions.