When I was ten years old, I was diagnosed with Scoliosis, and in the months leading up to the diagnosis, I had noticed that my back had begun to hurt. Running long distances for prolonged periods of time hurt, and my back just started to ache all the time. So, when I was diagnosed, and was told that if I didn’t do something about it in the next few years, I might have to get surgery, both my parents and I were willing to try a kind of Physical Therapy called Schroth.
Now I didn’t end up doing it for long, but I was ten years old and my P.T. at the time (who was not Jen Graham) said that at my age it wasn’t very likely that I would do it. So that fall, I ended up getting a back brace. I had the brace for about three years before one day when I went to go get a routine X-Ray, my Orthopedist said that my upper curve had reached 42 degrees, (50 could potentially mean surgery) because the brace I was wearing at the time wasn’t really keeping the upper curve from progressing. So, when he brought up the option of Schroth again, both my parents and I agreed.
My first appointment was during the summer, and the physical therapist’s name was Jen. For the first few appointments, I really didn’t think it would work; the exercises were foreign, looked weird, and felt next to impossible, and I didn’t feel any different. Until I went to go get another X-Ray a month later, and the upper curve had amazingly decreased to 29 degrees. Now, my brace had gotten fixed so that the upper curve was being addressed, but I have absolutely no doubt that the Schroth had something to do with the curve decreasing.
I’m fifteen years old now, my upper curve measures at 29 degrees, and my lower at 26. I try and do my exercises every day, it sometimes doesn’t work out that way (Sorry Jen), and my curves will never be zero, but I knew that from the beginning. My back doesn’t hurt anymore, which is totally amazing, and I’m slowly weaning myself out of my brace, and in the next six or less months I’ll hopefully never have to wear it again, so long as I continue doing my exercises. I’m super active now as well, tons of running and doing sports all the time, and I have no back pain. I can’t even put into words how excited I am to get this plastic monstrosity off me, or how grateful I am for Jen, who not only was a vital part of my curve going down, but put up with me when I was frustrated, stressed or lazy, my Orthopedist, who I can always count on to give me the non-sugarcoated truth, and a sarcastic remark to go with it, my extremely kind and patient Orthotist, and my family, who was with me through all of this. I’m so grateful for every single one of you, and I couldn’t have done it without you.