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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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If you are concerned about the symptoms or physical pain you are experiencing, a comprehensive diagnostic assessment by a KKT physician will determine if you require treatment. Click here to find your nearest KKT clinic and book an appointment.

Disclaimer: To protect our patient’s privacy, we are not showing pictures of the actual patient.

Posted in Blog by KKT Team
December 13, 2017

The Future for Treating Back and Neck Pain is upon us

Back and neck pain is a difficult and growing concern for patients and medical professionals around the world. According to the existing medical literature, 80 percent of the world population suffers from back or neck pain at some point in their lifetime. At any given time, 12 to 18 percent, if not more of the world population is actively suffering from these problems.

Causes and Symptoms of Back and Neck Pain

Technological advancements have brought many conveniences into our daily lives, while at the same time negatively affecting some of the very vital functioning aspects of our bodies. Some gadgets for instance have put a burden on our back, neck, nerves and even the cells of our bodies. In the case of using the phone, computers and notepads, we are continually contorting our bodies. Such habits have led to the development of ‘modern’ disease conditions such as the “text neck syndrome”. What is even more concerning is that specific degenerative conditions caused by the continual usage of mobile phones, TV, laptops, and tablets, can be noticed in children at a very young age. In other words, children are ending up with diseases which once upon a time only affected “old people”. On an MRI or x-ray we can see the degenerative processes, include changes in the normal spinal curvatures, and disc deterioration between the vertebrae of the spine. This can result in mild to severe back and neck pain, not to mention other more severe conditions.

Signs of nerve compression like numbness (pins and needles), burning, or “sharp electrical” like sensations can be felt in the affected part of the body. It is not unusual to see In more advanced cases, even muscle weakness at a young age.

A variety of factors influence the development of back and neck pain. Risk factors such as incorrect posture, poor ergonomics, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, sudden acceleration and deceleration injuries, long driving hours, poor nutrition (fast food, fizzy drinks), worn out mattresses, sleeping on the stomach, high pillows, and emotional and psychological stresses can lead to degenerative processes.

The Importance of Addressing the Underlying Cause of Pain

Consistent pain is an alarming sign that something in our bodies is not right. Regardless of its intensity, any persistent pain that progresses over the course of one week should be taken seriously. Conventional use of pain killers to mask the pain is an inefficient treatment solution that doesn’t heal the underlying cause of the pain and has its own potential serious side effects.

Instead, every patient experiencing back and neck pain should seek an early and thorough consultation with a licensed medical professional. A proper diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan to address the source of pain is critical.

According to Dr. Khan, a specialist with a research focus in pain management and rehabilitation, “most of the cases of back and neck pain, headaches, disc damage, nerve compression (like sciatica), spinal stenosis, and facet joint arthritis have been frequently seen to be a sequel to an acquired malalignment in the spine and secondary to ligamentous injuries (stretching/tearing and loosening) of varying extent”.

“Normally, such problems are managed by symptomatic treatments that don’t make a significant improvement and many times even worsen the process of deterioration, with some cases ending up with the inevitable need for surgical intervention,” he continues.

KKT Treatment Overview

Understanding the need of targeting the underlying cause of chronic back and neck pain, our team at KKT Orthopaedic spine centre have come up with an advanced and unique treatment that not only treats the pain but identifies the root of the problem. KKT is a globally available and internationally certified treatment (from organisations such as FDA, etc.) pioneered by Dr. Aslam Khan.

Dr. Khan and his exquisite team of doctors collaborated with leading Canadian universities to come up with this unprecedented way of therapy for chronic back and neck pain. The treatment uses specific SINE wave frequencies to stimulate the spine in numerous ways.

These waves not only help in realigning the spine and achieving a more biomechanically stable body that prevents ongoing damage, but also have been experimentally proven to enhance the gene upregulation of specific proteins required for healing of damaged tissues like discs and ligaments. The KKT treatment is a non-invasive and painless treatment that doesn’t require medication or surgery.

Our KKT Bahrain team feels very fortunate for the ability to help thousands of patients suffering from chronic pain to get back their lives, medication-free and without a need for surgery. All this in the past year of being open in Bahrain.

KKT Bahrain has also had the honour to serve not only the people of Bahrain, but also a considerable number of regional and overseas patients to get back to a pain-free life. Our team of doctors and our staff is striving to deliver the highest health care standards to our patients, and stay committed to this unique mission.

This article first appeared in Bizbahrain, an industry-focused magazine based in Bahrain. Here is the link to the original article: https://www.bizbahrain.com/future-treating-back-neck-pain-upon-us/

 

 

Posted in Press Releases by KKT Team
November 25, 2017

How to Get the Most Out of Your KKT Treatment!

Five essential tips for a better and faster recovery with the KKT treatment.

Back, neck and shoulder pain are often caused by a variety of conditions that characterise with a certain degree of spinal misalignment. If your spine is not aligned, it may compress your nerves, create pressure on the intervertebral discs and add stress on the muscles and ligaments. KKT relieves the stress and strain on your spine by improving spinal re-positioning of the back, shoulders, and pelvis, at the same time enhancing the health of spinal discs, ligaments, and muscles.

When you are undergoing treatment for chronic back, neck, shoulder pain and injury with advanced technology like KKT, what you do outside your treatment is just as important as following the appointments. Committing to a healthy lifestyle outside your KKT appointments will help you get the most out of your KKT treatment.

Here are the essentials to help you achieve a highly balanced state:

Keeping an Open and Continuous Communication with Your KKT Doctor

One of the best parts of the KKT treatment is having a doctor who is invested in your healing inside and outside the clinic. The foundation of the KKT treatment is a reliable doctor-patient relationship, with your KKT physician giving you guidance for a successful recovery. When you commence your KKT, you will work with your doctor on making sure you are establishing healthy habits to help you heal every day.

Compliance to the treatment plan is key. The most important part of a proper recovery is following your KKT visit schedule, and by doing that, you are helping your physician to form your personalized clinical evaluation and get a better insight on your recovery progress.

Also, research shows that continuous care with KKT enables you to stay healthy, improves flexibility and spine strength.

During the treatment process, make sure to ask questions, provide all the necessary answers to the questions of your doctor, and update on any improvements or harmful habits that might slow your recovery. It is essential to keep a positive mindset throughout the healing process and take full advantage of the support of the KKT community.

FACT: Studies show that a positive mental outlook will benefit your healing process.

Proper Rest Helps Your Body to Heal Faster

Getting quality rest is essential in helping your body heal, improves your memory, mood and motivation. Your body needs 7 to 8 hours of quality rest each night to ensure it is in its peak condition. Sleep is essential for your body because when you sleep, the brain activates the release of hormones that encourage tissue growth, which is especially important if you are recovering from an injury. During the first six weeks of KKT treatment or 36 hours after the start if KKT maintenance sessions, your body needs rest and mental relaxation.

Aim to maintain a consistent sleep schedule by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. We all know that getting on a regular sleep schedule can be challenging. To achieve this goal:

  • Limit screen time on your phone and television after 8 pm, and keep your electrical objects and power supplies at a safe distance from your bed (1.5 meters away).
  • Avoid caffeine consumption at least six hours before bedtime.
  • Keep your room dark.
  • Limit the use of alcohol and sugary food and drinks before bedtime.
  • Have a short nap after lunch to keep yourself energized (the nap can be as short as 5 minutes, but no longer than 45 minutes because it may disrupt your sleep cycle).

TIP: Quality sleep helps you maintain a robust immune system. A study showed that people who slept at least 8 hours a night were three times less likely to have a cold than those who slept fewer hours. The best sleeping position for optimal spinal health is on your back. Support your neck and head with a small, preferably cylindrical pillow to keep your body aligned.

Don’t Push Your Body with an Extreme Exercise Routine

If you had a regular exercise routine before commencing KKT treatment, talk to your KKT doctor about the best ways to approach exercising once you start the 4 phases of KKT treatment. Your KKT doctor may recommend reducing the intensity of your existing exercise regime for 20% to prevent any possible disturbances to healing. Any extreme exercise in the first six weeks of your KKT treatment plan or 36 hours after a KKT treatment session should be avoided.

As part of your treatment plan, you may also be provided with a series of specific exercises to help strengthen your body once it is physically stable. In conjunction with these stretches, regular walks will keep your body’s circulation moving to aid in recovery and healing. Make sure to avoid sudden movements that will severely impact and put pressure on your body and joints. Here is what to pay attention to:

  • Include exercises that improve your balance and symmetry.
  • Incorporate regular walks into your routine. Short walks are an easy activity that is important for recovery, building strength and maintain muscle tone. Try not to force yourself but gradually increase the distance each day.
  • Regular stretching exercises, especially after long hours of sitting.
Work on Improving Your Posture

Good posture is essential to reducing back and neck pain and preventing further spine damage. When you are not holding your body strong and tall, you are adding strain to the muscles and putting stress on the spine. As you age, poor posture may cause a change in the anatomical characteristics of your spine, which leads to nerve and blood vessel compression, problems with your discs and joints, headaches, fatigue, and may even affect your major organs. Having a good posture is especially important if your work requires long hours of sitting or standing, as the pressure on the spine is more significant if you are in the same position for hours. Studies show that good posture links to positive emotions, improved self-confidence, and cognition function. Improving your posture is crucial for quicker results with the KKT treatment, as the therapy restores the vertebrae to the normal position and helps to maintain equal pressure on all sides of the disc. So, regardless what you are doing throughout the day, keep each part of your body aligned, and adjust smoothly from one posture to other.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Making healthier changes in your diet will help your body heal its nerves, muscles, and other soft tissues. Eating a diet rich in whole foods, limiting processed food and drinks, and limiting your intake of alcohol, caffeine, and processed sugar will give your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs to continue recovering outside your KKT treatments. Including foods rich in magnesium, calcium, and vitamins found in leafy vegetables and different types of fruits make your bones stronger, and are vital for running the regenerative processes in your body. Here are some tips to help you achieve a healthier body:

  • Drink at least 2 litres of water a day; avoid carbonated drinks and juices, and lower your daily caffeine intake. Drinking freshly made juices is a great way to consume your daily dose of vitamins and minerals;
  • At least 50% of your meals should comprise of fresh fruit and vegetables;
  • Consume whole grains and complex carbohydrates like whole wheat pasta, multigrain bread, brown rice, quinoa, and sweet potato;
  • Include supplements with your daily meals;
  • Proteins are one of the most critical aspects of your recovery diet. Often overlooked to minerals and vitamins, proteins give you the energy to perform your daily activities and keep your entire body functioning.

Following the steps above will help you get the most out of your KKT treatment and ensure your body is in the best condition possible for recovery. For more information on how unhealthy food affects your back pain and the process of healing, click here.

Give it Enough Time

When you start with the KKT treatment, you have your hopes and expectations for a quick recovery. But, it’s important to remember that the spine and the nerve system is an exceptionally complex area of your body. The condition you are suffering from probably took years to develop and may also be caused by severe trauma. If you have undergone surgery or experienced pain for a long time, give your body enough time to heal. KKT treatment will help you feel better from the first couple of treatments, but the full effect will be felt once you finish the required sessions. Age, also plays a role in this process of recovery, so it is important to keep in mind that the older you are, the slower your recovery might be.

Rely on Family and Friends for an Easier Recovery

When you start KKT treatment and notice some improvement, don’t jump into your old, harmful habits, but continue living a healthier lifestyle to prevent the negative effects of chronic back pain. For example, if you need to lift something heavy, and you are not allowed to do so, ask someone else to do it for you. In case your job requires some heavy lifting, follow the protocol: do not bend forward, turn or twist your body while lifting or holding a heavy object; bend your knees and form a squat down to the object and keep the object close to your body; keep a good posture while lifting. It takes only one mistake to harm your spine, reverse the results you’ve achieved with the KKT treatment and slow down the recovery process.

If you are on pain medications, never drive yourself, instead ask someone to drive you. It is important to have a reliable group of friends and family to help you manage other tasks that you are otherwise not allowed to do. The best way to do this is to have a prearranged schedule where different people help you with your daily tasks. Let your loved ones be there for you through the healing process, you will experience the benefit of forming a stronger family bond.

KKT’s state-of-the-art technology is designed to return your body to its peak state through a comprehensive treatment and post-treatment plan. If followed consistently, KKT’s treatment is often more effective and less invasive than other invasive treatments which often don’t treat the underlying cause of your pain.

If you are concerned about the symptoms or physical pain you are experiencing, a comprehensive diagnostic assessment by a KKT physician will determine if you require treatment. Click here to find your nearest KKT clinic and book an appointment.

Posted in Post-Treatment by KKT Team