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By Beth Sharp Wednesday 08 January 2014 Updated: 08/01 01:07
A BRAVE Bromsgrove girl and swimming enthusiast has returned to the pool after battling back from a painful mobility condition.
It was feared Samantha Oster might not be able to swim again when she was diagnosed with Scoliosis at the age of 13. The condition, which causes the spine to excessively curve sideways, can also lead to heart and lung problems.
Samantha, now 14, had always been a fit and active teenager - she trained at her local swimming pool up to four times a week and had been recognised for her exceptional skills at several competitions.
But Samantha developed a severe pain shooting down the one side of her back and her mum noticed her shoulder blade was protruding on the one side.
Samantha was then taken to see her GP who gave her the devastating diagnosis and referred her to a specialist who, they were told, could take up to three-months to see.
Samantha's spine had a severe curve and she was facing major surgery, which involves metal rods being inserted to fuse the spine and carries several risks.
Samantha said: "When I was told that my favourite stroke was putting serious strain on my spine and it was something I should consider giving up, I was devastated.”
After doing their own research, the Osters discovered an alternative, non-surgical treatment from the Scoliosis SOS clinic in London.
It offers the ScolioGold method which relieves the symptoms by using several non-surgical treatments that have been practised separately in Europe for several decades.
Within weeks of being enrolled Samantha and her family were overwhelmed by the results - her condition dramatically improved.
Samantha no longer became short of breath exercising and her pain disappeared. During the course she learnt a set of exercises which strengthened the muscles surrounding her spine, helping to stabilise her Scoliosis.
Samantha’s mother Lois said: "Samantha changed literally overnight - she had become so deflated and depressed from the diagnosis and I had seen her confident, happy personality drained away.
"But as soon as she started treatment and met other girls with the same condition, she started to bounce back."
Samantha has now completed the course and returned home and, thanks to the treatment, is swimming again.
Samantha said she was so relieved to get back in the pool and doing what she loved.
"I was terrified of being different - I wanted to be normal again.
"I really didn't want to have surgery.
"I am so glad I found these exercises - they really have completely turned my life around."
And, she added, she was looking forward to entering more swimming competitions this year.
For more on Scoliosis SOS, visit www.scoliosisSOS.com.
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