Derek is a Physiotherapist who lives, works, recreates and raises his energetic daughters in
Squamish. He has a strong professional interest in simple, effective treatments which can
often be tested and prove their merit within each assessment or treatment session.
Having personally undergone rehabilitation from a half-dozen personal orthopaedic surgeries (knee, shoulder, ankle, and hand surgeries) and many other sprains and strains, Derek has experienced physiotherapy from both the client’s and professional’s perspectives – and has had the opportunity to recognize the value of receiving treatments from a wide breadth of healthcare professionals as well as co-treating clients with a multidisciplinary team approach. Derek has a strong desire to facilitate a multi-disciplinary approach to orthopedic injury management – and is Squamish’s first full-time Physiotherapist working in a multidisciplinary medical clinic!
Derek is trained in, and continually seeks additional education in assessment and treatments for musculoskeletal injuries, dizziness and concussions. Derek has completed extensive post-graduate education and has his Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy through the internationally recognized Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
There are a couple of noted populations with increased incidences of scoliosis:
- In ballet dancers a 24% incidence of scoliosis was found.
- In swimmers a 6.9% incidence of scoliosis has been reported.
- In young gymnasts a 12% incidence of scoliosis has been found, the hypothesis of cause in gymnasts is a: “dangerous triad” of generalized joint laxity, delayed maturity, and asymmetric spinal loading.
Non-surgical Goals for
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS):
Successful non-surgical treatment of AIS is the prevention of curve progression to the severity where surgery is recommended.
The two non-surgical management options recommended by medical experts in scoliosis are:
Scoliosis specifc exercises in smaller curves and scoliosis specifc exercises and custom bracing in larger curves.
Diligent compliance with Scoliosis specifc exercises during adolescence and bracing (if required) may prevent the progression of scoliosis to the level of needing a brace or to the level of where surgery is recommended.