Start with an assessment
Dr Ashleigh Prowse provides a consult service to help better guide you or your child in the right direction towards best evidence-based treatment for their postural condition. Ashleigh along with your specialist and care-team will over-see you care from start to finish.
Back pain management
Physiotherapy treatment has been shown to assist in the management of postural conditions such as scoliosis and kyphosis and associated symptoms in published research.
Our physiotherapist Exeval Alambra is trained specifically in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of back pain, especially those relating to postural conditions like Scoliosis having trained at the Scoliosis Physical Therapy School. Our physiotherapists utilise exercise and hands-on treatment individualised to you and the biomechanics of your postural spinal condition and symptoms present.
Our physiotherapists treat all musculoskeletal pains, in particular spinal pain that could be related to your postural conditions, and those not responding to traditional therapies. Our team see those with both acute and chronic symptoms and functional concerns impacting quality of life.
Physiotherapy is usually completed as typical outpatient sessions of 30, 45 minutes or 60 minutes depending on the case. Sometimes more intensive therapy is recommended. Claimable with PHI, Medicare plans and NDIS.
Goals/ benefits of curve-specific back pain management:
Elimination/ lessening of associated pain/ symptoms
Life-long symptom management
Improved quality of life
Improved psychological outlook
Scoliosis & Kyphosis specific exercise
Exercises that are individualised to you and your curve, and are proven to assist in the management of scoliosis and kyphosis.
Our Exercise Physiologist Belle Synnott is an expert in exercise prescription and rehabilitation for postural conditions and co-existing conditions.
Our clinic utilises exercises from proven rehabilitation schools, namely The Schroth Method that are specifically designed to address the biophysics of your condition and customised to your curve/s, with the main goal of influencing the curvature in early stages of diagnosis, assisting with brace effectiveness, preparing for or avoiding surgery.
Our team are trained in multiple methods/schools;
- The Schroth Method; which forms the basis of our therapy
- Scientific Exercise Approach (SEAS)
- Pilates for Scoliosis
Exercise therapy is delivered after initial assessment and as typical outpatient sessions either 30, 45 or 60minutes. Sometimes a more intensive course of exercise is recommended. Claimable with private health, medicare plans and NDIS.
Goals/ benefits of curve-specific exercise programs:
Lessen progression rate (mainly early puberty and late adulthood)
Stabilise curves (around the end of growth and early-mid adulthood)
Improve brace effect
Prevent loss of correction at brace weaning phase
Improved muscle endurance
Improved respiration/ reduced shortness of breath
Improved posture, alignment and aesthetics
Improve spinal flexibility if awaiting surgery
Scoliosis & Kyphosis Bracing
Bracing is effective for preventing/ lessening curve progression of scoliosis and kyphosis in growing spines and for postural support and pain relief in adults.
As part of our assessment, we will discuss if bracing is indicated and can book you for a brace appointment in Brisbane with our experienced orthotist Grace Addison, who specialises in custom-bracing for postural conditions in particular, scoliosis.
At Scoliosis and Spine Clinic we manage the bracing process from start to finish in-house; this includes the assessment, design, fitting and modifications of the brace, working directly with our experienced scoliosis Orthotist – Grace Addison. A qualified and experienced Orthotist is important to the whole bracing process. Our clinic uses 3 dimensional braces for Scoliosis treatment that have a curve-specific hyper-corrective design compatible with Schroth principles and exercises. Our braces are designed with computer scanning with input from Germany and hand-made in Australia, and finally fitted to the patients body by an Orthotist. Our consultant reviews your in-brace EOS scan at 6-8 weeks post, the brace is regularly checked to ensure it still fits and is having desired effect
Our clinic offers
Scoliosis bracing to limit progression in the growth phase
Hyper-kyphosis bracing to limit progression in the growth phase
Neurological and degenerative adult bracing for support, functional improvement, pain relief and improved quality of life
Pectus carinatum bracing for improving chest wall shape
Initial analysis 60min
Orthotic design and fit 60min
Personal check ups 30min
If you are unsure if you or your child needs a brace, book an assessment below.
Specially developed rehabilitation programs are an important part of the recovery process following surgery for scoliosis & kyphosis
Our team work in collaboration with leading orthopaedic surgeons who specialise in adult and paediatric scoliosis, kyphosis and other spinal conditions and will recommend surgical referral where appropriate.
Rehabilitation post-operatively, requires close collaboration with the surgeon to ensure treatment is provided following their guidelines - hence, exercises are carefully modified to the type of surgery, levels fused, presence of curvatures above/ below the fusion, remaining asymmetries of shoulders/ hips and ribcage and pain/ symptoms.
Goals/ benefits of post-operative rehabilitation:
Increase function and assist with graded return to physical activity
Improve postural symmetry in the ribcage, shoulders and hips and curvature above/below the fusion
Re-gain condition in muscles
Maintain integrity of the adjacent unfused spinal segments