Chris Dislocates his Knee!

South Western Ambulance VX09FYPOur roller-coaster ride just took another turn…Chris dislocated his knee at school today on an inflatable army assault course!!  It was part of the action during Hero’s Day in which the armed forces and emergency services came to the school to demonstrate what they do.  The only emergency service that couldn’t attend was the ambulance service but Chris soon changed that…

He took a flying leap off an inflatable wall at the end of the army assault course and landed badly dislocating his left knee.  The school were quick to call me and an ambulance and we were soon on our way to the hospital with Chris happily sucking in ‘gas and air’ which made him quite giggly.

The A and E team were wonderful and he was seen very quickly and given more pain relief meds.  We were really lucky that an orthopedic consultant was available to see Chris and he quickly relocated his knee without any pain or discomfort.  After about 4 hours we were on our way home again with Chris in a knee brace that he has to wear for the next 10 days.  He also has to use crutches to get around.

This obviously means he can’t do the majority of his exercises…so he gets a “time-out” for a few weeks.  We have to go back to the hospital for a check-up in the fracture clinic in 10 days time!


The Back Pain Show: 4 – 6 July at Olympia London

back pain show logoThe Back Pain Show is the UK’s only event dedicated to anyone living with back pain and the many related conditions.

I had never heard of this event before, but then this time last year we were blissfully unaware of back problems in our family.  Now we are focused on doing the best we can to support Chris and his Scoliosis and I think I might attend the Show this year.

As well as offering a wealth of information, seminars and practical sessions this year The Back Pain Show is co-locating with one of the UKs largest health events, The Allergy & Free From Show 2014 – that makes it an even more interesting day out!

On July 5th Richard Smisek MD will be giving a talk at 11am on SPS – Spiral Stabilzation of the Spine, with a practical demonstration at 12.30pm.  I was recently contacted by Dr Smisek’s clinic in the Czech Republic – you can read more about his treatment technique here.

SPS – Spiral Stabilization of the Spine

I received information on this from a clinic in the Czech Republic.  I am happy to share this information with you but I have no personal experience of it and cannot make any recommendations about it.  If you are interested in knowing more please contact the SPS team via their website:

Below is a copy of the email I received:

I would like to give you information on other conservative method to make your list of conservative methods complete :-)

35 years developed and used Mr. Richar Smisek´s, M.D., Spiral Stabilization of the Spine (SPS, also known as, former name: SM- SYSTEM) with great results.

This is a method of stabilization of the scoliosis with muscle corset.

This method has also great results in the area of treatment of the pain and complications after spinal surgery and treatment of prolapsed intervetebral disc without the need of surgery.

 SPS – spiral stabilization of the spine 

The main method of treatment is based on individual exercises of the patient at home. 

To do this it is necessary to teach the patient how to practice the exercises learn and to equip the patient with the needed material equipment – exercise set. 

Exercise is preceded by medical examination and diagnosis setting. 

The physiotherapist then make functional musculoskeletal examination including kinesiology of walk. 

We teach the exercise: 

- individually
- in a small group of 4-10 people
- the movement is automated in a group of 20-30 people.

 Please see more at:



My Blog has reached the Czech Republic!

Czech_Republic_mapI had a very interesting email this week from a lady in Prague telling me all about another form of conservative treatment for Scoliosis – SPS: Spiral Stabilization of the Spine.

From the information Renáta Špačková sent me this appears to be a form of positive muscle-based therapy much like the Schroth Technique that we have been using with Chris.  I am happy to share the information I have received from Renáta, but cannot make any recommendations as I have no experience of it but you can click here to read more.  There is also a website you can look at:




Save the Date! International Scoliosis Awareness Day – 28 June

Int Scoliosis Awareness Day

People with scoliosis from around the world unite to raise awareness of curvature of the spine!

Please read all about the event.  This information was sent to me by SAUK.


SAUK launched the first ever International Scoliosis Awareness Day (ISAD) on 29th June 2013, the first international scoliosis awareness day of its type.With the online community getting active, photos and stories being shared, and events going on around the country.

The next ISAD will be on Saturday 28th June 2014 and, with your help, we can go from strength to strength!

ISAD is all about telling people about scoliosis. Whether you decide to fundraise, get local media involved, give leaflets to your family and friends, or organise an event at your workplace, school, or place of worship, we have the resources to support you.

If you can, why not join us for our The Great Scoliosis Bake-off event in Hyde Park? Come rain or shine, there will be cakes!

So, go on: speak up for scoliosis and get your resource pack now!