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Are Your Shoulders Wonky? - Supporting Scoliosis Awareness

Paula ReceptionDo your shoulders pull down?  Do you have a pelvis tilt? Scoliosis is a lesser understood medical condition where the spine curves to the side and gives rise to other complications.

In support of International Scoliosis Awareness Day on Saturday 24 June, Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital, will be providing a raffle prize of Nuffield Health Gym membership at the Handmade Fundraising Fair to be held from 11-4pm. Over 30 craftspeople will be displaying and selling their handmade work at Linden House, Tettenhall Road to raise money for scoliosis.

Regional representative for the charity Scoliosis Association (UK), Paula Botfield, a former pharmacy technician working at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital, is organising the late June event amongst others where she also sells jewellery that she has created, with a percentage of the proceeds going directly to the Scoliosis Association. A further event will be a table top sale at Nuffield Health Woverhampton Gym on a Saturday in June.

Paula’s scoliosis was discovered at age 25, when she was in accident in 2007. Sadly, in 2015 Paula then had a further accident where she was hit by a double decker bus and this put an end to her career as a pharmacy technician. From leaving school she previously worked in a healthcare setting and feels passionate about helping others to find and receive the care they need. Her voluntary work with the Scoliosis Association helps her to do just that.

Scoliosis is not rare but the diagnosis is often missed. The prevalence of scoliosis in the adult population has been reported as ranging from 2% to 32%. These statistics are increasing as the ageing population seeks to continue with activities and expect more from their bodies well into the later stages of life. 

Supported by family and friends, expert scoliosis patient Paula, who lives in Wolverhampton, says, “The Scoliosis Association can help signpost you to the right people and give lots of help, support and advice. Identifying and treating a curve early is important.  If curves are discovered late, when they are already severe, treatment can be more difficult and sometimes works less well. “

One of three consultant spinal surgeons at Nuffield Health, Mr Mushtaque Ishaque advises, “It is important that if you, or a family member, show symptoms of scoliosis that you ask your GP for a referral to a scoliosis specialist as soon as possible. A specialist will be able to assess the curve, monitor the rate of progression and discuss the best treatment options at the optimum time.”

To find out more about scoliosis see: www.sauk.org.uk.

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