A BROMSGROVE teenager who was told his spine was so twisted and contorted he would never stand straight again has proved doctors wrong.
Thomas Day, who has always been a cycling and rowing fanatic, was diagnosed with Hyper-Kyphosis which causes the spine to excessively curve forward.
The 13-year-old was told spinal fusion surgery was the only option as his condition could cause serious internal problems and if left untreated could lead to fatal heart and lung problems.
After the initial diagnosis Thomas and his family were left devastated, bu they found out about an exercise routine developed by Scoliosis SOS.
The current treatment in this country is to wait until the curve becomes so severe the only option left is to operate which is incredibly risky as it involves metal rods being inserted either side of the spine before having it fused solid.
Professionals told Thomas to stop doing anything too strenuous and to be very careful about putting pressure on his spine – this quickly made him paranoid about every twinge so he lost a lot of his confidence.
For months, Thomas waited to see a specialist consultant and when he finally did was given little information, except that the procedure would leave him bedbound for months.
Thomas’ mother then starting looking into alternative treatments which is when she discovered London-based clinic Scoliosis SOS, which has helped hundreds of sufferers of both Hyper-Kyphosis and Scoliosis.
It is the only one in the world to offer treatment following the ScolioGold method, a combination of non-surgical techniques.
Within weeks, Thomas could feel the difference and was in less pain.
He was able to stop worrying about the curve he thought would stop him from cycling and rowing and got his condition under control.
For the first time in years, he was able to cycle more than a mile without getting out of breath.
Thomas said he was still in his early teens and the idea of being immobile and having to rely on other people was too much to bear.
He said if he had not had the treatment, surgery and six months practically bedbound would have been a reality.
He said the SOS team worked so hard to get his back sorted, adding there were no words to describe how grateful he was to them.
“I don’t think I was a very easy case but they have made such a difference to my life.
“I no longer look like I am tilted forward and likely to fall over at any point – I feel like a normal teenager again not some hunchback boy.
“I have recovered my social life with my friends and I am back on my bike and in my canoe and feeling stronger than ever.”
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Thomas loving life, riding his bike. (s)