Many people who require physiotherapy do so because they have suffered an injury, whether it is sports related or not. However some people turn to physiotherapy because of a health condition. We recently read about a teenager from Greater Manchester who has used physiotherapy exercises to correct her debilitating scoliosis. Joanna was diagnosed with the condition after her horse riding instructors noticed she wasn’t sitting properly when riding and was complaining of back pain.
Instead of resorting to a ten-hour operation to fuse her spine, which could have ended her riding career, Joanna researched alternative ways to correct her posture and found out about physiotherapy. Now, after performing regular stretching exercises to strengthen the muscles surrounding her spine and to bring her spine into a more upright position, Joanna is back riding and feeling fantastic!
The cause of scoliosis is often unknown, but can be caused by cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy and results in an abnormal curvature of the spine. Around 70% of over 65’s have some degree if scoliosis, with it being more common in women than men. In the UK, scoliosis affects three to four children out of every 1,000. We love hearing about physiotherapy being used to change lives, and this story really was a heart-warming one.
Scoliosis is one of the conditions we treat and we’ve seen how devastating it can be. Sometimes surgery is necessary, but where physiotherapy can help, we always do our best to rehabilitate our clients. And it’s always great to see a great outcome like Joanna’s!
We specialise in physiotherapy in Manchester and see a range of clients, all with different issues. Some people come in with sport injuries they’ve picked up, some are suffering from conditions such as arthritis or scoliosis and some have been in an accident and need rehabilitation.
If you’re in need of physiotherapy in Manchester, then please get in contact with us today on 0161 832 8797 and we’ll be more than happy to book you in for a consultation.