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Old 21-06-2012, 01:19 PM
Shirley Shirley is offline
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Default Very worried mum. Non surgical treatment?

I have a 13 yrs old daughter, just 2 months ago discovered severe curves exceeding 42 and 55 degrees. We had consulted 2 surgeons in Brisbane & both said the same, surgery is unavoidable. The sooner the surgery the better for her because her spine will continue to curve as she grows.
I am still hoping that she can avoid surgery. I googled and found the "Scoliosis 3DC - Schroth Method". It is a scoliosis exercise & breathing method from Germany.

Anyone out there heard of this? Anyone's kids have done the program? Any success? Please advise. Thank you.
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:37 AM
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Hi, I went through the same worrying process as you and researched long and hard before opting for surgery for my fifteen year old daughter. I faced the dilemma that my daughter had no pain prior to the surgery and knew of course that she would have it after for a while. However, when you know about the progression rate it is obvious that you need to do something as soon as you humanly can. My daughter had a right thoracic curve of 63 degrees at 15 and it was already impacting on her breathing. She had surgery 6 days ago with the most wonderful surgeon who achieved a fantastic correction. She is doing well. Please know that whatever you decide to do there are wonderful people on this forum who will support you. I am happy for you to email me or private message. Talking to other Mums will get you through.
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:05 PM
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Default Re: Very worried mum. Non surgical treatment?

Jane, great news about your daughter's successful surgery - so amazed by what can be done today. I wish I had been 13 now rather than 1969 although my surgeon then did the best they could offer at the time - a thoracic fusion and Harrington rod. I made it happily to 55 (after having 2 kids and a 25 year teaching career) without more surgery. I've just had a lumbar fusion and partial correction of scoliosis (they fused my spine into curve to halt progression in 69) so my Dr said not as much correction as he would have liked but it has definitely improved my quality of life. So Shirley, can certainly understand your worry but keep in mind that good surgeons have been improving on this type of surgery for over 40 years now and kids usually bounce back very well. Even adults do too if they're reasonably fit and healthy in every other way like me. Hope your decisions become easier as time goes on. All the best!
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Old 17-07-2012, 09:33 PM
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Hi Louise,
so good to hear from you. I too am a teacher and have had to take 6 weeks leave to look after my daughter...so you can imagine how much preparation I had to do to leave 6 weeks of programmes for the person being me. I am glad though because now I will be able to devote all my time to Sophie. With the two weeks of holidays` added she will be my number one concern for 8 weeks and I will of course take all the rest of my long service leave if needed to cover more time. So glad to hear that your surgery has lasted so long. It is amazing what they can do. Sophie is nearly 3 weeks post op and is walking well, sleeping well in between medications and is motivated by a 'recovery' puppy we have bought her - Evie needs to be walked and Sophie loves to walk her. I have nothing but praise for the amazing nurses, doctors and of course our wonderful surgeon. These true professionals make a very tough time so much better.
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:27 PM
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Default Re: Very worried mum. Non surgical treatment?

Hi Shirley,
I have investigated the Schroth method, only to find that my daughter (age 7.5) is too young as it requires concentration that she probably doesnt have. There are 2 qualified practitioners in Australia.
One is in Bondi Junction NSW.
The other is a lady in Melbourne.
I have spoken to the lady in Melbourne - who's details I can not find right now but will post for you asap
Our specialists here in Melbourne do not recommend this method but the results seen worldwide appear to be fantastic and I dont see how it can do any harm as long as you continue with the clinical treatment.
2 things the lady in Melbourne told me to do with my daughter was to remind her constantly (she suggested placing stickers all through the house) to stand up out of her brace - stretching tall, and also to just hang from the monkey bars. These were two things she thought within my daughters ability.
If you would like I could provide you with contact details for both practitioners. Just let me know.
Good luck with your scoliosis journey.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:45 PM
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Hi. I would definately recommend looking into the scroth method. I am gonna give it a go just to try and halt progression. They have amazing results with teenagers. Google the scoliosis clinic in Sydney. They have a review online form and you can email your daughter's x rays and the head of the clinic will ring you back same day. X
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Old 13-12-2012, 11:57 AM
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Hi everyone, I have just posted a comment in another forum, about my daughter who is at 16 going through her first bout of training in Schroth. You can read it here:
http://www.scoliosis-australia.org/f...=2638#post2638
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:31 PM
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I have just replied to another thread about Schroth method:
http://www.scoliosis-australia.org/f...read.php?t=412

I cannot highly recommend the Scroth method enough!! It was fabulous.
Please consider it before any surgery, there is hope.

Please contact if you want any more information or to talk.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:18 AM
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Default Re: Very worried mum. Non surgical treatment?

A comment by Dr Scoliosis.

Exercise therapies in randomised, controlled clinical trials have not been shown to prevent the long-term progression of structural scoliosis.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:23 PM
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A comment in reply to Dr Scoliosis:

"Today there is evidence that signs and symptoms of scoliosis can indeed be changed after the application of an intensive in-patient exercise programme and that the rate of progression can be reduced significantly."
http://www.scoliosisjournal.com/content/2/1/17#B313

I would not want to confuse words or give false hope that physical therapy, like the Scroth method, reduces or cures scoliosis, but it gives you techniques and core stability to maintain your corrections and sustain your scoliosis for life.
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