Björk is now living her dream

27-year-old Björk Odinsdottir from Iceland can now live her dream. She competes in crossfit at international level and last winter she was one of the gladiators in TV4’s Saturday entertainment. She has no pain anywhere. But it hasn’t always been like that.

It was when Björk was 12 that her problems began. She had done gymnastics for about four years but had constant pain in her back. The doctors explained to her that she had spondylolisthesis, or forward displacement of a vertebra, which in practice means that the area between the vertebrae is damaged and that they therefore leave their normal position. In Björk’s case the displacement was between the lowest vertebra in her spine and her sacrum, and it hurt – a lot – but there was nothing she could do about it before her body had stopped growing.

– It was always something that impeded me. The pain meant that I couldn’t be the athlete I wanted to be, she says.

Over the years it got worse and all her everyday life was affected. Björk was not only in pain when she did her training, but also when she sat down, stood up or when she was going to sleep. At the age of 15 the X-ray images showed that the displacement between the vertebrae had got worse.

Everyday life was affected

– I was in constant pain and I tried everything to do something about my situation – physiotherapy and different treatments – but nothing helped, says Björk who decided to stop doing gymnastics because of the pain.

Instead she went in for the challenging training method of crossfit and was soon successful.

– I won competitions but could not enjoy my victories, says Björk, who at this juncture decided to investigate what chances there were of an operation.

She came into contact with experts at Stockholm Spine Center who performed arthrodesis on the vertebrae via the stomach. This is a method that is gentle on the patient and it had a minimal impact on her muscles.

A week after the operation she was on her feet, three weeks later she was working as a crossfit trainer again and after approximately a year she was back in the same physical shape as before the operation. It was now that her career really took off. With no pain at all it was suddenly possible for Björk to put maximum strain on her body and develop in a way that she had never been able to do before,

– I am incredibly grateful as I quite simply got a new chance to be the athlete I had always wanted to be. Before my body protested and said no, but now it is with me all the way, says Björk, whose dream of becoming best in the world at crossfit can now come true.


Author: Pia Hellsing
Photo: Martin Rosberg

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