Scoliosis: Teenager’s new lease of life after shock diagnosis

As soon as October rolled around, the 16-year-old from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, would start “sounding like a dog”, as she puts it.

Her mother, Kelly, wondered if it was asthma or seasonal allergies causing the annual “barking”, until Caitlin was advised to go and get an X-ray on her chest.

In January last year, Caitlin went to get the results and was told she had a curved spine, known as scoliosis, which had been affecting her for years.

“I was really confused as I didn’t know what scoliosis was,” she says.

Kelly was also unaware of the condition and was shocked to learn her daughter was not only suffering from the condition but also required surgery to correct it.

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