A BALLERINA from Ruislip has beaten a spinal condition to carry on dancing.
Francesca Archer was diagnosed with scoliosis last year, but was determined not to let it hold her back from the ballet dancing she loves.
She was told by doctors that the only option was surgery.
Francesca, 15, was determined she would beat the condition without going to such extreme measures.
“I was not prepared to go ahead with surgery – it would have stopped me dancing for weeks, and even after the surgery I would never be as flexible as I was before the pain started, said Francesca, pictured above.
“It just wasn’t an option.”
It was during a ballet lesson at Pineapple Dance Studios in London, where she trains, that Francesca discovered she had the condition. She said she felt extreme pain during one of the harder moves.
Francesca told the Gazette she was ‘devastated’ to then be diagnosed with the condition which leaves patients with a spine that curves from side to side, affecting the posture that is so important to ballet dancers.
During attempts to find answers on the internet, she found the website of a specialist scoliosis clinic which deals with a non-surgical treatment of the condition.
Scoliosis SOS Clinic in Tower Hamlets used exercise to help the teenager to continue her dancing dream, and she says her posture has improved greatly.
“The pain has gone completely, and as long as I continue with my excercises it won’t return,” she said.
“Before I went to the clinic I was rather depressed about it, but my confidence in my own appearance has been renewed.
“I just can’t wait to continue my dancing pain free.”