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Old 24-08-2016, 08:53 AM
Donnadj Donnadj is offline
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Can anyone recommend practitioners or centres in Melbourne for Scroth or Seas or any other treatments that you have tried and had success with?

I am looking for treatment for my 11 year old daughter to try and stop her scoliosis progressing while she grows.

Online I can find a lot of clinics but some of them seem more interested in selling their services if you know what I mean and as we don't have private health insurance, we'll have to fund the treatment ourselves so I can't waste money on a gimmicky place.

If anyone has used somebody in Melbourne that they would recommend and had great results, I would appreciate it.
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Old 29-08-2016, 08:41 AM
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There is a Scoliosis Clinic in Melbourne. My daughter, who is now 17, and who had an S curve of 45 in lumbar region and 35 in thoracic region, went there for several sessions over the 2 years prior to her having her surgery.
My daughter found it helpful in that she gained increased body awareness and was able to improve her scoliosis to a certain extent through lengthening and through very specific exercises. They are very professional there and certainly not gimmicky, but they are expensive. We ended up going for 6 sessions initially and then went about once every couple of months to check up and progress exercises etc, otherwise the cost is prohibitive. They were suggesting that she attend more frequently, but we had to call the shots as to how often she could attend due to cost.
The other thing to consider is how compliant your daughter would be with the exercises as it is quite a commitment to continue to do them regularly, and even if you do, there is no guarantee that they will prevent the curve progressing.
In the long run, in my daughter's case the curve continued to progress and she was getting left sided sciatica. By the age of 15, she was very keen to progress to surgery and she underwent posterior spinal fusion from T4 to L3 in November 2015 at the end of year 10. It was a very intense time and the recovery slow, but I can say that by February 2016, she was fully back at school and managing well.
She is now back playing netball, skiing, swimming and living a completely normal life as a 17 year old undertaking year 12. She is absolutely thrilled with her result and she can still touch her toes and move well. She is also happy to have an even waist again. She recently had her school formal and looked very glamorous in a backless dress, she is proud of her scar after everything she has gone through!
Good luck with your journey, 11 years old is often the time it is first spotted and the progression can be rapid during puberty or maybe it won't progress. Either way, I would recommend that you see a good paediatric orthopaedic specialist for advice and monitoring.
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