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Scoliosis Treatment Options

The treatment options depend on the type and severity of the curve. Non surgical treatment including physiotherapy and bracing are recommended for scoliosis with less than 40 degrees.

Scoliosis curve with less than 15-20 degrees will require physiotherapy to correct or stabilise the curve with exercises into the corrective posture, while manual therapy and strong massage will help to release joint stiffness and tight muscles that are contributed from the curve to assist in maintaining the corrective posture.

Scoliosis with larger curve from 20- 40 degrees will require the use of brace to correct or stabilize the curvature. There are different types of braces in the market but they are mainly classified into rigid and non rigid brace. The following is a comparison of the two types of braces.

Rigid BraceSpineCor Dynamic Corrective Brace
Aim is to stop the progression of scoliosis.

  • Limit the movements of the spine
  • Restrict normal body movement
  • Produce atrophy of spinal muscles
  • The spine may return to back to the pre-treatment state after the termination of brace use
  • Hot to wear
  • Difficult to hide under clothing
  • Example:
    • Milwaukee
    • Charleston
    • TLSO
    • Boston
    • Cheneau
Aim is progressive curve reduction and neuro-muscular integration

  • Offer Sustainable long term improvement of curves (Must worn 20 hrs/day and min 18 months)·Achieve permanent stable changes to client’s posture·No negative side effect (No muscular atrophy) Preserve normal body movement and growth and allow normal ADL and sports.
  • Improved comfort
  • Easily concealed under clothing
  • Good cosmetic appearance
  • Improved self-image
  • Increased compliance

Brace Effectiveness Factors

The effectiveness of the brace depends on a few factors mentioned below.

  • Good flexibility
  • Skeletally immature spine
  • Small Cobb angle
  • Slow progression
  • Minimal vertebral deformity
  • Good compliance
  • Active child

For scoliosis curve more than 40 degrees, surgery may be recommended for the curve. Surgery will entail the use of special surgical implants such as rods, hooks, screws, and wires to straighten the spine and secure it in place (fusion). Apart from surgery, appropriate exercises are needed to strengthen the muscles to stabilise the corrected curve for long term effect. If not, it is likely for the curve to increase in the future.

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You can easily request for a physiotherapy or fitness appointment through any of the 3 convenient ways below with your preferred date, time and clinic location. Our staff will be happy to help allocate you to the first available appointment slot that best fits your convenience.

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Call our central-line at
+65 6226 3632

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Email your preferred physiotherapy appointment slot to enquiry@coreconcepts.com.sg or