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By Beth Sharp Wednesday 30 October 2013 Updated: 30/10 08:44
A BROMSGROVE fitness fanatic is now back in saddle after being diagnosed with a crippling back condition.
Cyclist Lydia Meekings was diagnosed with scoliosis two years ago and told her spine would become so twisted and contorted she would not be able to stand up straight again and she would probably would suffer from heart and lung problems for the rest of her life.
But the 26-year-old took part in a life-changing four week exercise programme run by the Scoliosis SOS Clinic in London, after which she noticed an immediate effect and found hope of living a normal life again.
The current procedure in this country is to wait until the curve becomes so bad the only option left is to have a risky major spinal fusion procedure, which involves metal rods being inserted either side of the spine.
But Lydia, who is now hoping to raise awareness of the alternatives to surgery, is one of hundreds to have benefitted from the non-surgical approach which has been used in Europe for several decades.
She said: "I am still in shock at the results I have achieved. I was pretty desperate by the time I decided to try this exercise programme. I knew that I needed to strengthen my muscles but I did not know that I would be able to change my life how I have. I thought that I would have to put up with the pain forever.
"I look different, I feel different and I have met some of the most supportive, understanding people you could ever meet. I cannot wait for the weather to be better so that I can get back to doing some really long cycle rides. Something that was completely impossible throughout the whole of the summer."
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