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January 18, 2018
Scoliosis patient girl

If you are suffering from scoliosis, find out how you can benefit from the KKT treatment.

“It took us a long time to accept that I would have to live with scoliosis my entire life. “ – Melinda, 16.

The day I was diagnosed with scoliosis, the doctor told me I would not be allowed to play basketball anymore. I was only thirteen and had 32-degree scoliosis to the right, which according to the doctor caused my back pain, and playing basketball was making the pain even worse. Scoliosis was a word I had never heard before. The doctor explained what it meant and how different activities and certain sports can help its progress. It took us a long time to accept that I would have to live with scoliosis my entire life.

During the conversation, my mom was barely keeping it together. When the doctor said that the curve might progress and I may end up needing surgery, she broke down in tears. Looking back, I remember being so angry and so hurt. The only thing I cared at that moment was that I wouldn’t be able to pour my heart and soul into playing basketball.

After the diagnosis, we scheduled an appointment for a back brace. I gave my measurements and after a couple of days started physical therapy. The therapy included various stretching exercises, which, over the years, helped me cope with my back pain and stiffness, but it wasn’t enough since the curve was still mildly progressing. About the back brace, I absolutely hated it. It was uncomfortable, painful, and shameful to have it on, nearly 24 hours every single day. After the first year, I stopped wearing it regularly, as much as my parents protested.

The First Symptoms

The first time I noticed more severe back pain was after intense basketball practice. I remember I wasn’t able to sleep that night. The next morning, my back was still hurting, and as I was getting dressed for school, I noticed something unusual. I couldn’t move my limbs freely. I tried to lean forward to put my socks on, and I felt the most excruciating pain I have ever felt in my entire life. I remember the lingering tiredness that crippled in after and felt as if my entire energy was sucked out of my body.

A couple of times before, I felt mild back pain, but I didn’t want to worry my parents, so I tried to brush it under the rug. It was a huge mistake because now I know that earlier diagnosis means better chances for recovery.

The Emotional Impact of Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a journey that changed my life forever. The outgoing, positive person that I was, suddenly vanished under the invisible curves that were scarring my body. Even though my true friends stayed by my side, I didn’t appreciate growing up the way I did before.

After the diagnosis, I went to my room and removed all of the jerseys and trophies I had. I didn’t need any reminders of something I no longer could do. I stopped socializing, stopped visiting my team’s basketball games and it didn’t take long for my self-esteem to drop. I never went dancing or at events that required wearing a dress as the thought of a visible lump under my dress was too intimidating and scary. I could hardly sit in class and skipped events that required longer sitting on hard-bottomed chairs.

The hardest thing for me was the inability to express the emotional impact scoliosis had on me. The condition causes physical challenges, but being at the most fragile years, the emotional impact the disease had on me was worse than the physical. This experience made me grateful for many things including the bond I’ve developed with my supportive and kind family.

KKT Helped me Play Basketball Again

Over the course of two years, my curve kept progressing, and the doctor said I’d eventually need surgery. To my family, surgery was not an option because we feared the risk of complications, such as paralysis, excessive blood loss, and further structural complications.

So, when my parents heard about the KKT treatment one year ago, they immediately booked an appointment with the doctor. On our first visit, we just wanted to learn more about the treatment, and going for a conversation in the nearby clinic was the best decision. The doctor was very friendly and explained everything to us, answered all of our questions, and we left home to process everything and make a decision.

After conducting some research based on the information we found online, my parents decided to get me started on the KKT treatment. I believe the turning point in our decision was that the treatment is based on scientific research and the KKT technology has been approved by different organizations around the world. At the clinic, we found a couple of satisfied patients that we had a chance to talk to and exchange contact with.

Before the first treatment, the KKT team explained step by step how the process would go and what it involves. In the beginning, I was a little bit scared to lay on the bed and get the device near my head, but after the first experience, I finally got assured it’s quick and painless.
After the initial first session which lasted for six weeks, I started feeling a radical change in my body. My back pain was vanishing treatment after treatment, my energy levels increased tremendously, and I was no longer scared to live my life as a young, teenage girl. The biggest change I noticed was an improvement in my posture. I can finally stand tall after years of struggling with a bad posture.

Both my parents and I couldn’t hide the surprise after seeing the X-rays a year later from the beginning of treatment. My spine was looking much straighter, the curve had stopped progressing, and it even had reversed! It was the weirdest thing for me to see how this part of my body was going back to normal.

Today, I am slowly returning to my basketball practice without any struggles, and I couldn’t be happier. No surgery, no risks! What gives me the most joy is that my parents no longer have to worry about my scoliosis. It has been such a relief for them to know that this condition is something we longer fear.

I am continuing my KKT sessions while spreading the word out because it is time for the people that have been struggling with scoliosis to live a pain-free life. I want everyone to be able to stand tall again. It is still unbelievable to me how far behind we are when it comes to other treatment options in the world of scoliosis.

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