A SHEFFIELD nurse has been given “a new lease of life” thanks to treatment for a spine condition she thought would see her living a life of pain and discomfort.
Rebecca Haines was just 11 when she was diagnosed with Scoliosis or curvature of the spine.
Medics advised she undergo an operation which would have involved inserting metal rods either side of her spine and fusing the bone into place.
But after a series of X-rays and appointments Rebecca and her family rejected the advice and plumped for physiotherapy instead.
Although it worked for several years, by the time she was in her twenties Rebecca’s posture was starting to deteriorate.
Working as a nurse at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where she spent up to 10 hours a day on her feet, also began to take its toll and as she got older the pain worsened.
Exercise classes such as yoga and pilates helped, but only in the short term.
Then she discovered Scoliosis SOS - a clinic founded and run by Scoliosis patient Erika Maude to offer non-surgical treatments for the condition.
Rebecca, from Nether Edge, booked in for a four-week course of treatment in Suffolk which radically improved her posture and helped with the pain.
Now the 53-year-old continues a half-hourly exercise programme each day, designed by her therapist.
“This treatment has really changed my life for the better,” she said.
“I feel like I have been given a new lease of life.
“I have made some fantastic friends and we have all been able to support each other.
“I am looking forward to getting back to work and working to the standard I used to work at before my spine started causing me so many problems.”