Elaho Medical ClinicChieftain Centre, 1337 Pemberton Ave,
Squamish, BC V8B 0R1

Scoliosis Physiotherapy

To Book with Derek for a Schroth Scoliosis Physiotherapy Session, please call the the Elaho Medical Clinic at 604-892-5688.  For further information about Derek’s appointments, please see the bottom of the page.

Derek is excited to bring Certified Schroth Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis Specific Exercises (PSSE’s) to the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Scoliosis is a complex 3 dimensional curvature of the spine which can occur in children, adolescents and adults.  As adolescents with scoliosis grow, there is a risk of progression of the curvature.  The prevention of severe scoliosis is a major commitment of physicians caring for spinal deformities.  The majority of children do not display progressive curves, though a subset of children with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis may exhibit rapid progression.  Because of recent high quality research in non-surgical treatment of scoliosis, Medical Specialists in scoliosis, (and Physiotherapists and Orthotists) believe patients with idiopathic scoliosis can potentially receive substantial benefit from early non-surgical treatment and they (and we) are promoting proactive screening for scoliosis in adolescents and early access to non-surgical treatments.

The main medical goal of early non-surgical treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis in particular is to prevent the curvature from progressing to a such a severity that surgery may be recommended. The two non-surgical management options supported by this group of medical experts in scoliosis are: Scoliosis specific exercises in smaller curves and scoliosis specific exercises and custom bracing in larger curves.  Diligent compliance with Scoliosis specific 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.

To assess Scoliosis, proper full spine x-rays while standing must be done and evaluated by a Medical Radiologist and/or a Spine Specialist.  In order for a Physiotherapist to prescribe scoliosis specific exercises, the physiotherapist must have advanced education in both X-ray analysis of Scoliosis and Scoliosis Specific Exercise which have proven their merit in research by successfully limiting the progression of scoliosis curvature. Scoliosis Specific Exercises are individualized according to the patient’s needs, curve pattern and treatment phase.  The emphasis of scoliosis specific exercises is to educate the client on how to maximally straighten the curvature through postural corrections and how to maintain and incorporate these corrections into daily life.  When bracing is needed, continued physiotherapy involvement has also been shown to aid in adolescence complying with wearing their brace.

Scoliosis Specific exercises have been commonplace in Europe for decades.  Germany, Italy and Spain have been particularly progressive with non-surgical treatment of scoliosis; however, these methods have only recently been progressively introduced, researched, accepted and promoted in North America over the past 10 years.   As of 2016, there were only 8 physiotherapists in Canada Certified in the Barcelona Schroth Method of Scoliosis Specific Exercises.  Derek is excited to be able to offer this specialized area of  Physiotherapy to the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Derek looks forward to helping you learn and benefit from Scoliosis Specific Exercises and Postural corrections.  If you have been diagnosed with Scoliosis and have standing full spine x-rays, please deliver the x-ray images to the Elaho prior to your appointment.  For a 1st visit please book a 1 hour session.  If you are wanting a screening assessment to determine if pursuing Scoliosis Screening X-ray’s through your Medical Doctor, please request a half hour appointment with Derek at the Elaho Medical Clinic by calling 604-892-5688.

If you know someone who you think has scoliosis and could benefit from an assessment or scoliosis specific exercises,  I welcome you to pass along my contact information to them.

Position Statement – Screening for the Early Detection for Idiopathic Scoliosis in Adolescents The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America (POSNA) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Position Statement M. Timothy Hresko, MD; Vishwas R. Talwalkar, MD; Richard M. Schwend, MD

2011 SOSORT guidelines: Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation treatment of idiopathic scoliosis during growth. Negrini et al. Scoliosis 2012, 7:3