Scoliosis & Kyphosis assessment
Seeing an expert in postural conditions such as scoliosis/kyphosis is key to receiving the best treatment for you or your child.
Our assessment does not require a referral.
Our team want to know more about you to find out how we can help, listening to your main concerns and goals for treatment forms an important part of your assessment.
Dr Ashleigh Prowse provides a consult service for those with scoliosis and kyphosis to help better guide you in the right direction towards best treatment. Ashleigh along with your specialist will over-see you care from start to finish.
Specific to scoliosis and kyphosis, is the measurement of trunk inclination using a device called a Scoliometer/Inclinometer which is placed on the spine in forward bending. Examination of imaging, specifically a low-radiation EOS radiograph is required to measure the angle of the curve known as Cobb Angle, and other postural measures, which forms an important part of the decision - making process.
Together, we will discuss treatment options, and a suitable treatment program will be developed. Treatment decisions are based on our clinical expertise, your preferences, current best-practice and researched treatment options and discussion with the multi-disciplinary team. Our therapists follow the International Guidelines on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) applying the Practical Approach Scheme (PAS).
Treatment options may include:
Routine monitoring of the curvature, possible referral for further investigations
Back pain treatment and management with our Physiotherapist Exeval to address symptoms if present
In most cases, exercise therapy programs taken by our Exercise Therapist Belle to lessen progression rate/stabilise curves/address symptoms and improve brace effect
Referral to Orthotist Grace for a brace which is worn to try and stop the curve(s) from progressing
Referral to our network of surgeons for surgical opinion for patients with major curves causing discomfort or other health problems
Rehabilitation to prepare for or recover post surgery
Our clinic regularly reviews your outcomes with re-assessment of Cobb angle (at particular intervals to assess curve stability) and other radiographic measures (where applicable), Scoliometer/Inclinometer (spinal rotation or forward flexion), Photographs and postural evaluation system, Functional Movement Analysis, Visual Analog Scale (pain levels) and Scoliosis Research Society Questionnaire (quality of life).
Our team will continue to keep in touch with your treating medical team and adjust treatment accordingly to ensure optimal results.
Unsure if you or your child has a postural condition? Not to worry, our team can help!