02 August 2021
On the 16th August 2021, The London Orthotic Consultancy is launching a scoliosis treatment package at our Cambridge Clinic. The package includes assessment by our specialist scoliosis orthotists, non-surgical treatment using the Gensingen Brace by Dr Weiss®, and – where needed -Schroth physiotherapy support by video call.
We are celebrating launch day by offering a free assessment for new scoliosis patients who attend on the 16th August. So, if you are seeking a highly effective, proven non-surgical scoliosis treatment, please contact us to book your appointment.
We have been treating scoliosis patients of all ages with the Gensingen Brace by Dr Weiss® for four years now, and we are a recognised Schroth Best Practice Academy for scoliosis treatment. The Gensingen brace is the first evidence-based orthotic treatment for scoliosis – providing a dynamic alternative to the Boston brace, and a less invasive alternative to surgery. You can explore our scoliosis success stories using the Gensingen Brace and Schroth Physiotherapy here.
Not sure if you have scoliosis? Here are some of the signs to look out for. If you notice any of these signs, an assessment by one of our orthotists is recommended.
Currently, I am wearing my pectus brace for 12-14 hours a day and I am very happy with the results of my treatment. I am very grateful to all the amazing people at LOC and I want to thank them for helping me so much. In the year and a half since my treatment started, I have come so far and I am incredibly happy with the results and I am incredibly happy that I persevered.
If you say something is going to be easy it will be easy and if you say something will be hard it will be hard. So, I'm just going to say that wearing my brace is easy. And as it turns out, it really is.
The brace is very light. Obviously, the first couple of days we were told it was going to be uncomfortable for her, I bought so many pillows! But although the first night was not very comfortable, the second night she got used to it and then she was wearing it all day long and I thought ‘that’s brilliant!’ She was only taking it off for two or three hours to go out with friends or do the exercises, but she didn’t have any problems really.
My results are amazing and unexpected, and I am glad that I received the brace through LOC. I am still wearing the brace 18 months later and my back feels even straighter. Thanks to LOC I realised that I wanted to help people with similar if not the same condition as me, so I am now going to Salford University in September to study Orthotics and Prosthetics so I will hopefully be able to help others with Scoliosis as much as LOC has helped me.
Don’t wait. It’s about the children because they are more likely to be confident in their late teens if you act quickly and support them. We have been lucky because we understand the condition well. That’s one of the main things, to be honest. It was hard work, but it pays off in the end.
Obviously, the results speak for themselves. If I were to give any advice [to parents in a similar position] it would be to contact LOC. Ricarda likes it there, she loves the people and felt really comfortable, everything was really relaxed and nice.
She’s wearing the brace all the time now and she’s doing very well. She’s very good at school too, the brace doesn’t get in the way of anything. It fits underneath her school uniform and you can’t see it. Sometimes I even have to ask her when she’s sitting down if she’s wearing it because I can’t see it! She says ‘of course mummy’ and I say ‘let me try!’ I have to knock through the clothes and only then can I hear she’s wearing the brace!
He’s been very positive since the first day and this determination has certainly paid off. In just two months, Rares’s Cobb angle has reduced from 52֯ to 24֯ in a brace and his ribcage has de-rotated from 18֯ to 12֯, so the rib hump has significantly improved.
Our bracing treatment package is tailored to the needs of each individual patient. Unlike other more “rigid” bracing methods, the Gensingen brace guides the body through a 3-dimensional corrective movement, realigning the spine and reducing distortions in posture. Typically, this bracing is used for Cobb angles between 20° to 40° - however, we are seeing impressive results even in Cobb angles of more than 40°. Often, the bracing treatment is supported by Schroth physiotherapy which, as part of this package, will be delivered by our physiotherapist, Deborah Turnbull, via video link.
The operation used to treat severe scoliosis curves is typically spinal fusion surgery; a major procedure that involves moving muscles and realigning the skeleton into place. The curved, deformed vertebrae are fused together into a single bone, putting metal screws and rods into the spine to help straighten it. Surgery typically lasts between 4 and 8 hours depending on the severity of the curve. Bone graft is then taken from other parts of the body and used to cover the implants.
Following the operation, it is necessary to spend around a week in intensive care before returning home and the first few days are often uncomfortable. Most adolescents can expect to return to school from 2-4 weeks following surgery, but pain medication may be required up to 6 weeks following. A full recovery from the procedure can take up to a year, as it can take that long for the spine to heal fully.
Spinal fusion surgery causes the fused portion of the back to become permanently stiff, as a result, returning to sports that require large amounts of flexibility (ballet, yoga, gymnastics, dance) or contact (rugby, football, karate, hockey) may take longer.