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Abbi
29th June 2007, 06:19 PM
I came across This link (http://www.belfastscoliosisclinic.co.uk/). It is a website for the Belfast scoliosis clinic. A private scoliosis clinic in Northern Ireland, who carry out SpineCor bracing.

I also found out that they do screening:

"Belfast Scoliosis Clinic can screen children for scoliosis by checking their posture and, if necessary, taking x-rays."

You would probably have to pay for this of course, meaning you'd need an insight into spinal problems. However, I think it is pretty good, and it would be amazing if it could be implemented into NHS clinics! :-)

I thought I'd leave the link as while I don't know a grand lot about the use of SpineCor, I am under the impression that it is only carried out in Canada. (I may be wrong!) So maybe this is the start of it in the UK?

I hope it is useful.

Abbi

Abbi
3rd January 2008, 12:03 PM
Hi all,

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7168727.stm
Story was on my local news last night - thought some people may have found it interesting!

Random question - is spinecor available on the NHS in England, or do you have to go privately for it?

tonibunny
3rd January 2008, 12:53 PM
It's available on the NHS at the hospital in Sheffield, but I don't know about anywhere else.

BeckyH
3rd January 2008, 04:10 PM
that second link is really interesting, abbi. worrying though that they've quoted a chiropractor!

Abbi
3rd January 2008, 04:23 PM
Originally posted by BeckyH@Jan 3 2008, 03:10 PM
that second link is really interesting, abbi. worrying though that they've quoted a chiropractor!
I noticed that Becky, and was a little sceptical about it! Though the guy in the scoliosis clinic in Belfast has a masters in chiropractic science and as far as I am aware carries out the spinecor treatment...

Arthur
3rd January 2008, 05:48 PM
is this brace is only for idiopathic scoliosis?

BeckyH
3rd January 2008, 11:26 PM
Originally posted by Arthur@Jan 3 2008, 04:48 PM
is this brace is only for idiopathic scoliosis?
most scoli is idiopathic, from what i know of spinecor, it's better suited to adolescents/children who have small curves as they are easier to correct. i'm not sure how good it is at holding curves stable in order to put off surgery until children are older. it's still a relatively new treatment (given that hard braces have been used for over 30 years).

to reply to abbi's shared concern over a chiropractor being mentioned, anyone who seeks treatment from a chiropractor should be aware that they do not have to have medical qualifications, and it's probably a bad idea to see one instead of seeing a medically qualified doctor (though if a doctor recommends it, chiropractic treatment may well assist your condition).

the other thing that's occurred to me is that people who make, fit and follow up on bracing are referred to as orthotists. they are given this title regardless of whether they specialise in the more traditional TLSOs (hard braces) or spinecors. however, the BBC may well have used the term chiropractor for fear of the general public not knowing what an orthotist is.

either way, any kind of bracing should be undertaken by an experienced orthotist and overseen by a scoliosis doctor (if the orthotist is not qualified in both areas).