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Returning to sports after scoliosis surgery

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Scoliosis surgery helps to reduce the curve in the spine and prevent it from getting worse. And while there are clear benefits from the operation, many patients will be concerned about returning to sporting activity.

Two recent stories in the press show how it’s possible to make a good recovery and get back to doing what you love.

Fifteen-year-old Rhianna Clavering was initially reluctant to pursue surgery for idiopathic scoliosis because she didn’t know how it would affect her horseriding.

But when the teenager began to suffer from compromised lung function due to the C-shaped curvature of her spine, she decided she had no choice, Horse & Hound reports.

“I spent two years living with the fear I could never ride again but, at the end of the day, I had to have the surgery to save my lung function,” she said.

Three months after the operation, and with physio and work in the gym, she was finally able to ride in walk.

“At five months I started trotting and I recently had my first canter — it was great to be doing something with a bit of adrenalin again,” Rhianna told the magazine.

Jo Glenn was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 20 but decided against corrective surgery after being told it would restrict her movement and may stop her playing some sports, the Rotherham Advertiser reports.

However, the condition worsened in her 40s and she had to stop running due to the pain.

Jo then decided to go ahead with corrective surgery.

“I had my operation in the summer of 2011 and have never looked back,” she told the local newspaper.

“I started back running and, in 2014, ran the Race for Life, a 5k run and several 10k events after.

“I joined a local running club and now run with a group of friends several times a week.”

She added: “To say it’s completely changed my life is an understatement.”