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Hampshire teen suffering rare spinal deformity gets life back on track with help of pioneering clinic
A Hampshire teenager who was forced to give up her passion for horse riding is back in the saddle without undergoing major surgery.
Cassie Bradley, from the New Forest, was diagnosed with a severe spinal deformity that left her in excruciating pain and looking at a future without being able to ride her beloved horse.
But thanks to an innovative exercise routine, the 18-year-old has managed to avoid going under the knife and has got her life back.
Cassie was forced to give up horse riding when she started to suffer from severe pain and found walking and riding extremely difficult – the usually fit and active teenager began moving like an 80-year-old woman and isolated from the life she once loved.
Soon it was clear that she was suffering from scoliosis, a condition that causes the spine to excessively curve sideways, and she was having to wear huge, baggy jumpers to mask how distorted her back began to look.
Currently, treatment in the UK is to wait until the curve becomes so severe that the only option left is to undergo a 12-hour operation to fuse the spine solid – an incredibly risky procedure that involves metal rods inserted into the spine.
Determined to find a solution she turned to the internet and came across Scoliosis SOS and for the first time in a long time, she saw a glimmer of hope for the future.
Located in central London, it is the only clinic in the world to offer treatment following the ScolioGold method, which is the combination of internationally renowned non-surgical treatments, which have been practised separately in Europe for several decades.
Within weeks of being on the course, Cassie’s condition dramatically improved. She was no longer lying awake at night with pain and her confidence soared.
Cassie learnt a set of exercises which strengthened the muscles surrounding her spine and meant that her scoliosis stabilised. She also made huge improvements to her cosmetic appearance and realised that her condition was not going to ruin her life if she kept it under control.
Since completing a course of ScolioGold treatment, Cassie has returned home and has been able to ride her horse properly again for the first time in months.
Cassie said: “I am so happy. It is remarkable how far I have come. I was in constant pain on a daily basis and my whole world had fallen apart. I lost interest in everything and I had no quality of life at all. I can ride again.
“No words can explain how much horses mean to me and not being able to get on a horse was soul-destroying.”
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