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ABOUT US

The ScoliClinic is a socially conscious healthcare company that provides high-quality scoliosis care.

Our team at The ScoliClinic strives to change the scoliosis landscape in BC and beyond, by continually learning how to provide the highest quality care in an inclusive way, and engaging in projects that work towards systems change.

SERVICES

Scoliosis treatments

Curve-specific physiotherapy and registered massage therapy for people with spinal conditions using Schroth Method principles.

Schroth Physiotherapy

The Schroth Method is one physical therapy treatment approach for scoliosis and Scheuermann’s Kyphosis under the umbrella of Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis-Specific Exercise (PSSE).

Massage therapy for Scoliosis

The ScoliClinic offers Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) for our clients who have scoliosis or other spinal conditions.

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.

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Vancouver

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Surrey

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North Vancouver

LOCATIONS

Our clinics

Each of our spaces is thoughtfully designed to facilitate classic Schroth Method exercises. The spaces are structured to accommodate individual or group sessions, allowing you to meet others on a similar journey.

FAQ

Questions?

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Get detailed answers to these any many other questions by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page.

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a general term that covers a group of conditions consisting of changes in the shape and position of the spine, thorax, and trunk. The curve can be “functional” in nature, which means that the curve is secondary to causes such as leg length difference, or muscle tone asymmetry. In contrast, the curve can be “structural”, which means that the causes of the curve started in the spine and vertebral changes are noted.

Of the types of structural scoliosis, Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) makes up 80% of these cases. AIS presents in otherwise healthy, typically-developing children and teenagers. It typically develops or progresses during the pre-pubertal growth spurt, as the child gains height in the spine. The cause of AIS is still unknown, but research is showing that it’s likely multifactorial in origin.

There are two main groups of adults with scoliosis. A large proportion of these adults were diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis as children and have now matured with symptoms that intensify in adulthood; the other portion of adults are those who develop scoliosis, called “de novo scoliosis”, due to degenerative spinal changes that occur in the spinal column.

Is there a cure for Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a change in the shape of the vertebrae that typically occurs during the pre-pubertal growth spurts in adolescence. Unfortunately, there is no cure for scoliosis at this point.

Conservative treatments like physiotherapy and bracing aim to improve posture, strengthen back, shoulder, core, and pelvic muscles, decrease pain, and slow the curve progression as much as possible.

What is the Schroth Method?

The Schroth Method is one physical therapy treatment approach for scoliosis and Scheuermann’s Kyphosis under the umbrella of Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis-Specific Exercise (PSSE). This consists of curve-specific exercises to re-train the brain and body to correct the alignment as much as possible, and then strengthen the surrounding musculature in that newly corrected position. The Schroth Method exercises focus on breathing and specific muscle activation to positively affect the shape of the trunk. These exercises are done in a variety of positions and with various pieces of equipment. Read on to see how The Schroth Method is used for Scoliosis or Scheuermann’s Kyphosis.
(from Berdishevsky 2016, and schrothmethod.com)

What is Scheuermann's Kyphosis?

Scheuermann’s Kyphosis is characterized by changes in the spine causing a curve from the sideview, resulting in a rounded forward posture. Similarly to scoliosis, these vertebral changes occur mostly during the adolescence, and symptoms can worsen with age.
Conservative management can help with kids, teens, and adults who have Scoliosis or Scheuermann’s Kyphosis. It consists of Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis-Specific Exercises (PSSE) by a Schroth-certified Physical Therapist and Bracing by a Certified Orthotist. Read on to learn more about The ScoliClinic Experience and how we tailor our treatments for each patient population.

News, events & stories

2024 Annual Impact Report

On April 6, 2024, The ScoliClinic turns 8 years old!   This 2024 Annual Letter offers a peek into The ScoliClinic’s efforts over the past year, to provide context to our stakeholders: our clients, their families, fellow medical professionals, our own staff, and the public.   Read the full report: 2024 Annual Impact Report -…

Kyphosis: What Is It & How Is It Different from Scoliosis?

Kyphosis is often mentioned in conjunction with scoliosis; however, it’s a distinctive postural presentation with its own characteristics. This contrast means a separate approach is required for both assessment and management. A healthcare professional needs to carry out a specific set of diagnostic measurements and treatments to address kyphosis-related issues. In this blog, we’ll dive…

What Is Scoliosis? Basics of Spinal Curvature

SCOLIOSIS What Is Scoliosis? Basics of Spinal Curvature Scoliosis is a medical condition that leads to a 3-dimensional curvature of the spine. The most common type of scoliosis is Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, or AIS. It impacts around 3% of the adolescent population worldwide, and in Canada alone, this equates to 120,000 to 180,000 teens. Many…

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