Scoliosis screening

Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we provide highly effective treatment for scoliosis sufferers who don't wish to undergo surgery for their condition. Our treatment courses use the ScolioGold method to get great results for the patient without any surgical intervention - visit our Testimonials page to see some of the (unsolicited!) feedback we've received from our patients over the years.

It all starts with a scoliosis screening

We cannot accept any patient onto a ScolioGold course until they have attended an initial consultation with a member of the Scoliosis SOS team and undergone a scoliosis screening. These screenings are usually conducted here at the Clinic (view address), although we can arrange to do them via telephone or Skype if you live further afield.

Reminder: We treat scoliosis sufferers from all over the world!

If you choose to undergo a scoliosis screening via Skype or over the phone, you will need to send us photographs of your back and/or your latest X-rays in advance so that we can provide an accurate assessment of your condition. These images can be sent via post or email.

Taking measurements during a scoliosis screening

What a scoliosis screening looks for

At your initial screening, your Scoliosis SOS consultant will be looking for the answers to the following questions:
  • How severe is your condition?
  • Is there an identifiable cause?
  • Will ScolioGold treatment benefit you?
The appointment will last 40-60 minutes, and you will have ample opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

How to book your scoliosis screening

To book your initial consultation at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, please fill out this enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible. If you would rather book over the phone, give us a call on 0207 488 4428.
Scoliosis in Young Children

Scoliosis is relatively uncommon amongst young children. In most cases of scoliosis, the patient's spinal curve doesn't develop until adolescence, and so the majority of the people we treat here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic are at least old enough to be in secondary school.

However, that's not to say we haven't welcomed our share of younger patients to the Clinic - in fact, we've treated scoliosis in children as young as 4!

How does our treatment differ when the patient is a young child?

One of the most difficult things about treating scoliosis in young children is judging whether or not any treatment is even required. If the child is still growing, there is a chance that their spinal curve will straighten itself out over time; however, it's also possible that the curve will progress (grow more severe), and this in turn can affect the development of other parts of the patient's body, including vital internal organs.

For this reason, observation is absolutely crucial when treating a young scoliosis sufferer. It's very important to know whether the curve is progressing, improving, or simply staying the same, as this will determine the most appropriate course of action. Best practice is to take regular X-rays and monitor the patient's condition for a time before deciding what treatment - if any - is required.

The treatment courses we deliver are somewhat different for younger patients, but the key principles remain the same: instead of correcting the spine's curve using surgical methods or a scoliosis brace, we achieve huge improvements via an exercise-based treatment programme. Our chartered physiotherapists use a range of therapeutic techniques (including those listed here) to:
  • Reduce the patient's Cobb angle
  • Improve posture and muscle strength
  • Increase mobility
  • Relieve pain
  • Enhance the patient's quality of life
Our ScolioGold courses are a popular choice amongst parents whose children suffer from scoliosis. Many young children have been brought to our clinic because their parents were understandably reluctant to wait and watch their child's scoliosis get worse, or to put them in for surgery without first exhausting all possible alternatives. The treatment we offer is safe and demonstrably effective - again, we invite you to view these before and after photos of some of our youngest scoliosis patients.

If you or your child suffer from scoliosis, please contact us today to arrange an initial consultation at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic and find out more about how we may be able to help.
Kinesio Taping
 
Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we treat scoliosis using something called the ScolioGold method. This is our own unique approach to scoliosis therapy, and it combines a number of different techniques from all over the world to get the best possible results for scoliosis sufferers.
 
One of the many therapeutic techniques we utilise is called Kinesio Taping. Developed in Japan in the 1970s, Kinesio Taping promotes healthy muscle movement patterns and helps to relieve pain and inflammation in those who suffer from musculoskeletal disorders. Read on to find out more about this technique, or click here to get in touch with the Scoliosis SOS Clinic and find out how we may able to help you.

About Kinesio Taping

The Kinesio Taping (KT) method is the brainchild of Dr Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor who developed KT as a means of relieving pain without surgery or drugs. Kinesio Taping has existed as a practice since the 1970s, but it has received greater recognition more recently, with sports stars such as Serena Williams and Gareth Bale wearing it during their matches.
 
In a 2011 interview with the Guardian, Dr Kase offered the following explanation as to how his invention works:
 
"Your pain sensors are located between the epidermis and the dermis, the first and second layers of your skin...I thought that if I applied tape to the pain it would lift the epidermis slightly up and make a space between the two layers. This would in turn allow blood to flow more easily to the injured area."
 

The effectiveness of Kinesio Taping is supported by multiple studies, which have shown that the KT method is good at protecting injured muscles/joints and providing immediate pain relief.

How Do We Use Kinesio Taping to Treat Scoliosis?

As mentioned above, the KT method is one of many techniques that we incorporate into our ScolioGold treatment courses for scoliosis sufferers. We've found that Taping is a great way to help with the pain that many scoliosis sufferers experience. Kinesio Taping's strength lies with supplying immediate, short-term pain relief, but we've learned that it can be combined with other therapeutic methods - such as myofascial release - to give much longer-lasting results.
 
Kinestio Taping is also a good way to cultivate proper muscle movement patterns in scoliosis patterns. This is important because it helps to prevent the spine's curve from progressing yet further. While the KT method itself is not capable of correcting a scoliotic curve, it is useful for managing pain/discomfort and promoting healthy movement and posture in conjunction with the other methods listed here.
 
If you suffer from scoliosis and you're looking for an effective non-surgical treatment method, please get in touch with the Scoliosis SOS Clinic today to arrange an initial consultation. If you would rather speak to us on the phone, you can reach us on 0207 488 4428.
In its most general sense, the word 'scoliosis' can be used to describe any sideways spinal curve with a Cobb angle of 10 degrees or more. But there are many different types of scoliosis, and the type you have depends on a number of different factors, one of which is the direction of the curve. For example, a curve to the right is properly known as dextroscoliosis, while a curve to the left is referred to as levoscoliosis.
 
Another key defining attribute is the location of the curve - that is, the part of the spine that's affected by scoliosis. The most common location for scoliosis is the thoracic spine (the upper/middle part of your backbone, coloured red in the illustration below). A curve in this region of the spine is known as thoracic scoliosis.
 
Thoracic Spine
 

About Thoracic Scoliosis

As mentioned above, the thoracic spine is the most common location for a scoliotic curve. Thoracic scoliosis more commonly presents itself as a curve to the right (dextroscoliosis), and as with all types of scoliosis, it is more common in female patients than in male patients.
 
Thoracic Scoliosis
X-ray of a patient with thoracic dextroscoliosis (a curve to the right in the thoracic region of the spine).
 
Because thoracic scoliosis affects the region of the spine that is connected to the ribcage, patients who suffer from this form of the condition often find that their ribcage becomes deformed/distorted as well as their spine. Indeed, an asymmetrical ribcage is often among the first signs that someone is affected by thoracic scoliosis. Uneven shoulder height is another frequently-seen symptom.
 

Curves in Other Regions of the Spine

Of course, the thoracic spine isn't the only area that can develop a scoliotic curve. The lower (lumbar) region of the spine can also be affected by this condition - a curve in the lower part of the spine is called lumbar scoliosis.
 
It is even possible to develop a curve that covers both the lumbar and thoracic spine. If your curve affects vertebrae from both portions of the spine, you may be said to have thoracolumbar scoliosis.
 
No matter which part of your spine is affected by scoliosis, the team here at Scoliosis SOS may be able to help you overcome the symptoms of your condition. If you would like to learn more about our non-surgical treatment methods and book an initial consultation at our clinic in London, please contact us today - we can also carry out consultations via Skype or over the phone if you live elsewhere.
Scoliosis can be an incredibly debilitating condition even at the best of times, but when the person with the curved spine is also pregnant, the results can be catastrophic.
 
Pregnancy
Original photo by Thomas Pompernigg
 
Yes, scoliosis and pregnancy are a troublesome combination. The weight of your unborn child significantly increases the load on your spine, and this can cause scoliosis to progress rapidly over the course of the pregnancy. Bearing children tends to leave scoliosis sufferers even worse off than before; post-birth, the mother's Cobb angle will often be far greater than it was before she became pregnant, and the symptoms of her spinal curvature far harder to ignore.
 
Knowing this, many scoliosis sufferers decide never to have children, but if you want to be a parent then you don't have to let your curved spine get in the way.

How can we help?

Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we have helped many scoliosis sufferers to sidestep the problems that often accompany pregnancy when your spine is abnormally curved.
 
In this video, Nancy Laudon (22, New York City) talks about her wish to have more children and how ScolioGold treatment gave her the confidence to get pregnant again without worrying about her scoliosis progressing.
 
People with scoliosis frequently come to us and complete a ScolioGold course before conceiving a child, and our treatment techniques help to keep their scoliosis stable during pregnancy. Many of these patients have also reported that they generally did not suffer from the back pain that commonly affects pregnant women, even those with perfectly healthy spines.
 
Roz Couch (46, Surrey) came to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic for treatment in 2006 prior to having any children. Our ScolioGold treatment course reduced her Cobb angle measurement, and as the X-rays below illustrate, this result has been maintained (and indeed reduced slightly further) over the last 10 years and through two pregnancies.
 
Roz Before & After
 
Cobb angle measurement 10 years on
 
After 10 Years & 2 Pregnancies
January 2016 34⁰ & 38⁰
 
Roz's story was featured in Baby Surrey magazine shortly after the birth of her first child - here's what she had to say about her experience:
 

"I had great results in my 4 weeks, reducing my scoliometer reading by nearly 50%...over the months that followed, and continuing the exercises each day, I saw a lot of my old pains disappear."

Baby Surrey Magazine
"Commitment and hard work are the key but given that option and the option of having surgery, I know which one I would choose every time!"
 
If you are thinking of having a child, but you are worried about the effect that pregnancy might have on your curved spine, please contact us to book an initial consultation at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic and find out how we can help you.
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