Pre and Post Surgical Treatment

For some people with scoliosis, surgery is necessary. Your spine surgeon will discuss the various factors that may determine whether you are a candidate for spinal fusion surgery or vertebral body tethering surgery.

If you and your spinal surgeon decide to move forward with spine surgery, The ScoliClinic physical therapists can create a pre-habilitation strengthening program which may help with your recovery process after surgery.

We record pre-operative measurements which we can use for treatment planning in your post-operative rehabilitation.

Goals of physical therapy following scoliosis surgery:

  1. Optimize core and postural muscle activation
  2. Address any remaining muscle imbalances that existed prior to your surgery
  3. Restore normal breathing mechanics
  4. Address pain or other new symptoms in shoulder, ribs, back, or pelvis

Before your appointment

A referral to the BCCH Spine Program and/or bracing can be discussed at the initial assessment. If your child already has a brace, physiotherapeutic scoliosis-specific exercises (PSSE) are recommended to maintain postural muscle strength, and to retain as much correction as possible when brace wear ends.

It is ideal if a physician has diagnosed your child with scoliosis or Scheuermann’s via X-Ray. We require these images to design custom treatment plans.

Please bring:

  • X-ray images either digitally or on disc if available
    (we can request them directly from the imaging facility; more info upon booking your initial appointment)
  • Any relevant reports
  • Sports bra / tank top, shorts or leggings

Please note: Payments can be made by credit card, cash, or cheque. We cannot accept debit at this time.