Luka was three when she first visited us in 2019. She has a condition that has yet to be diagnosed which causes muscle weakness, especially in her trunk area.
The condition has led to a rare form of Neuromuscular Scoliosis, (curvature of the spine), as well as Hip Dysplasia where the hip joint is the wrong shape or the hip socket is in the wrong place. This causes greater wear and tear on the hip joint and an unusual gait.
When Luka first came to see us, she could crawl but was unable to walk.
Luka’s mother Vlatka described her condition,
“Luka’s Scoliosis and her Hip Dysplasia are both results of a not fully determined condition that could be best described as a kind of muscle dystrophy. She cannot walk on her own, she only crawls.
“She used to fall to her side while crawling, she would let her shoulders lean forward and tilt her pelvis to give the impression of being straight when sitting. She couldn’t sit on a swing without back support, she would fall off.”
Pam Cowans, Export Manager and Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, assessed Luka and measured her for her first DMO® Custom Structural Scoliosis Suit at our head office in Cornwall.
“We prescribed a DMO® Custom Structural Scoliosis Suit for Luka to improve her spinal re-alignment and to try to compensate for the impact the Scoliosis was having on her movement and posture.
“The compression from the suit fabric combined with the design of the reinforcements increases pressure on certain muscle groups and improves proprioception. In Luka’s case leading to her having greater awareness of her body and more control of it.”
The DMO® Custom Structural Scoliosis Suit is designed to correct spinal curvature and rotation. Unlike traditional rigid splinting, this design improves balance and stability whilst allowing range of movement. Created to be worn under clothing the suit was custom-made for Luka to ensure a perfect fit.
Luka’s mother says,
“When Luka first put the suit on, she became more aware of her own body and her posture improved. The suit pulled her together giving her the extra strength she needed and over time she became more confidence and independent.
“All her physical therapists saw an improvement with the suit on. It helps her control her body.”
Luka now wears her suit throughout the day, putting it on in the morning and taking it off at night.
Her mother continues,
“Luka got used to the suit straight away, she doesn’t even notice she’s wearing it, to her it feels like a second skin. With the help of her suit, Luka is now able to stand on her own, without support of an adult and it is giving her the confidence to make her first steps. Her playfulness can be expressed with more freedom in her movements.
“Pam Cowans really helped reduce our worries about Luka’s future. She was very kind and professional and reassured us that Luke is on the right path. We are very happy we found out about DM Orthotics.”
For more information on our made-to-measure suits visit: DMO® Custom Suits