Scoliosis Treatments

Exercise Rehab

The most important benefit of early intervention in scoliosis is prevention of the need for spinal fusion surgery. Effective, conservative scoliosis treatment has been shown in published studies to reduce the incidence of surgery. In particular, the Scientific Exercise Approach to Scoliosis (SEAS) method, and bracing have demonstrated the ability to reduce the need for surgery in small to moderate curves less than 45 degrees when compared against non-treated patients and patients treated with other methods.

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The first hint that a scoliosis may be developing is the appearance of abnormal posture. Slouching, one shoulder higher than the other, one hip higher than the other, or uneven shoulder blades are all signs that a person might have a scoliosis. In children, it is so important to recognise these signs early as much can be done to help correct the scoliosis as they grow. In adults, scoliosis is known to contribute to chronic back pain and postural collapse. Our clinicians accurately measure the degree of curve and predict the likelihood of progression.

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Contrary to popular belief, standard physical therapy and exercises such as swimming or yoga DO NOT help prevent, correct, nor stop the progression of scoliosis. However there are special exercise and rehabilitation programs which have been designed to address the scoliosis curve and these have shown to be very effective in certain cases. SEAS (Scientific Exercise Approach to Scoliosis), developed in Italy, and Schroth therapy, developed in Germany, are two internationally recognised techniques offered at the Sydney Scoliosis Clinic. Also the use of specially designed rehabilitation aids can improve treatment results.

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3d

Within the range of treatments, the Sydney Scoliosis Clinic offers 3D designed, customised scoliosis bracing. This treatment option is suited to larger idiopathic curves 20-60 degrees and non-idiopathic cases. The brace is created using 3D imaging software.  A 3D scan of a patient’s body is taken, and the brace is customised then custom built based on their unique scan and type of scoliosis. This type of brace is designed to improve, not just hold scoliosis.

 

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Within the range of treatments, the Sydney Scoliosis Clinic offers 3D designed, customised scoliosis bracing with specific braces designed for night wear only.  This night time bracing option is an effective treatment for small scoliosis curves in younger children. The advantage of this type of  brace is that it only needs to be worn during the sleeping hours. It is suitable for simple curves measuring 10-25 degrees. In cases where a scoliosis is picked up early and many years of treatment may be required, the night time brace is an effective treatment and has low impact on the child’s daily living.

kyphosis

Within the range of treatments, the Sydney Scoliosis Clinic offers Kyphosis patients the option of a 3D designed, customised  brace specially designed for stabilising and correcting Kyphosis including:

  • Scheuermann’s Kyphosis
  • Hyper Kyphosis
  • Thoracolumbar Kyphosis
  • Anterior Sagittal Balance
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Within the range of treatments, the Sydney Scoliosis Clinic also offers a dynamic bracing treatment option. A dynamic, soft and flexible brace  allows full movement and works to correct the scoliosis as the patient grows. When applied by an accredited professional it can achieve good results in adolescent medium sized curves 15 to 35 degrees. In adults the dynamic brace can be effective in reducing chronic pain and postural problems.

 

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Purpose built scoliosis clinic - Sydney, Australia

“The key to successful scoliosis treatment is recommending the right treatment at the right time“.

Scoliosis is a complicated condition. There is no single method that has proven to be effective in every case or suitable for every patient. We offer expert analysis and a range of scoliosis treatments best suited to the patient and their stage and type of scoliosis. Scoliosis treatments include general posture improvement and pain relief, rehabilitation, bracing, and pre and post surgical care.

 

Sydney Scoliosis Clinic works closely with GPs and allied healthcare providers (chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopaths) to ensure a team care approach to treatment. Where surgical consultation is necessary, cases are co-managed with some of the best spinal surgeons in Australia.

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Scoliosis Screening

We have created a simple screening tool to help you identify if you or your child may be developing a a scoliosis. For a more in-depth assessment, please book an examination at our clinic.

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Questions & Answers

We are always available to answer your questions by phone or email. Here are the top 5 questions asked by our patients:

  1. What is scoliosis?
  2. What causes scoliosis?
  3. Will my, or my child’s scoliosis get worse?
  4. Can scoliosis be prevented?
  5. What is the best treatment for scoliosis?
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