WHEN mum-of-two Lisa Marsh was diagnosed with scoliosis she faced the grim prospect of having her spine fused solid during a risky operation.

But thanks to a unique exercise course, she has avoided the operation and is looking forward to continuing her fit and active lifestyle.

Lisa, 36, from Swindon, was diagnosed with scoliosis, which is an excessive curvature of the spine, after her parents noticed her shoulder blades protruding on one side of her back at the age of just 11.

The condition affects more than four per cent of the population and if left untreated can lead to fatal heart and lung problems. Current treatment in this country is to wait until the curve becomes so severe, that the only option left is to operate.

The major operation is an incredibly risky procedure which involves metal rods being inserted either side of the spine, before the spine is fused solid.

As Lisa got older she went on to have two successful pregnancies, which did not cause her any spinal problems but the pain has got worse in recent years leaving her struggling to sit and stand.

Determined to avoid the painful procedure, Lisa researchd the risks involved and by chance came across Scoliosis SOS.

Founded and run by Erika Maude, who has scoliosis herself, the clinic opened seven-and-a-half years ago and has since brought relief to hundreds of sufferers.

Located in central London, it is the only clinic in the world to offer treatment following the ScolioGold method, which is the combination of internationally renowned non-surgical treatments, which have been practiced separately in Europe for several decades.

Lisa said: “My children are everything to me and I was so worried that my condition was going to seriously impact on their lives.

“It was really awful and such a worrying time for me. I am just completely ecstatic that I was able to get this resolved before Christmas so that I can look forward to all of the festivities.

“Christmas this year is going to be amazing and I really cannot wait for the next few weeks. My back is sorted and all I have to worry about is trying to avoid burning the turkey.”