Info for Doctors
Although patients can access our services directly, we do welcome referrals.
Please, fax your referral to:
10041 81 AVE NW
Tel: (780) 619—8603
Fax: (780) 469—9949
In addition to the referral, we require scoliosis-specific x-rays.
Please, fill out the requisition form (use this form) with the following text: “a scoliosis and kyphosis full spine PA and lateral views x-ray” to allow for the appropriate radiological assessment of the patient’s condition.
It is required that the x-ray be done at the University of Alberta Diagnostic Imaging Centre, on the ground floor of the Main Hospital, room 1C1. The x-ray can be taken Mon-Fri 7:30 to 3:30 pm. The patients should request the images be sent to us, Curvy Spine clinic, for a continuous care with our clinic.
Thank you for your referral! Please, read on about the Schroth method, research and what we can do for patients with scoliosis, kyphosis and other spinal disorders.
The main goal of Schroth therapy is to:
- prevent or slow down the progression of scoliosis or kyphosis curvature
- improve pain and signs and symptoms of scoliosis
- provide support for bracing if indicated
Schroth method therapy consists of:
patient education to learn how scoliosis affects their own posture,
• tailored scoliosis-specific postural and breathing exercises,
• adjusted activities of daily living to assure that the patient spends the most time as possible outside of the curve, and
• stabilization of the new dynamic postural habits.
Our clients frequently come due to back pain, neck pain, hip pain, body aches and discomfort or concerns about posture and body image issues.
Research has shown that Schroth PSSE treatment improves pain, body image, back muscle endurance, pulmonary function, trunk rotation and other common signs and symptoms.
Other recent research studies and reviews on the effect of the Schroth method include:
- Burger et al (2019) – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6556933/ (Systematic Review; Schroth exercises have a significant effect on reducing the Cobb angle and improving QOL in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis
- Kwan et al (2017) – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5641990/ (Matched controlled study; Bracing + Schroth is superior than bracing alone)
- Kuru et al (2016) – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25780260/ (Randomized controlled trial; supervised Schroth exercises are superior than no treatment and nonsupervised Schroth exercises)
In addition, there is a number of ongoing trials investigating the effect of the Schroth method for scoliosis, both in children and adults: