Imagine this: You’re at the beach in Mexico with your 12-year-old daughter. She bends over to pick up her towel and you notice a hump on one side of her back. Upon returning home, you go to your family doctor. He asks your daughter to bend forward, and glances at her back. “She may have scoliosis, so let’s send her for an X-Ray.” Walking out of the clinic, your mind is buzzing with questions.
A week later, the X-Ray results show a 38° C-shaped curve in your child’s spine. The doc says there’s a 9-month wait to see a specialist at Children’s Hospital, and the only thing you can do now is ‘wait and see’. Google shows pages of mixed advice about scoliosis and other spinal deformities – the anxiety of the unknown becomes overwhelming. You even see posts about a surgery which would fully fuse your daughter’s spine.
Now, shift into the girl’s shoes: your mom is freaking out, you don’t get why. The doctor said something about a curve, so you search #scoliosis on instagram – people post about wearing huge plastic braces, having back pain, undergoing surgeries. You don’t know ANYone at school who has scoliosis.
Canadian Physiotherapist Andrea Mendoza travelled to the USA in 2015 and became certified in the Schroth Method. After meeting many families with similar stories, she realized that a massive gap in care – physical and emotional care – existed for teens and adults with scoliosis. These families needed a space that was calm and welcoming, with longer appointments and specifically designed exercise equipment. They needed a place with incredibly empathetic staff who could answer the many questions that kept these teens, mothers, and fathers awake at night – and in 2016, The ScoliClinic was created to be this place.
Listening to clients’ needs led to the creation of the only private Physiotherapy company in British Columbia fully dedicated to providing non-surgical treatment to teenagers AND adults with scoliosis and spinal deformities, empowering families to take action rather than the traditional wait-and-see approach. From being newly diagnosed, to having lived with scoliosis for many years, to being on the waitlist for surgery, to looking for post-operative rehabilitation, The ScoliClinic team can provide support at any stage of the scoliosis journey.
The story above was familiar to Physiotherapist Alexane Escot. She was diagnosed as a teenager, and eventually underwent spinal fusion surgery at age 18 after her curve progressed to 72°. Her journey motivated her to pursue a Physiotherapy career, and eventually become certified in the Schroth Method.
After Physio Alexane connected with the Canadian team, she travelled to Vancouver for three months in 2019 to further develop her scoliosis treatment skills, and immerse herself in The ScoliClinic culture. After much planning and preparation, Physio Alexane is heading the international expansion as The Scoliosis Collective on the Gold Coast of Australia.
Together, the teams at The ScoliClinic and The Scoliosis Collective strive to evolve the landscape of conservative scoliosis management by addressing the physical, emotional, and social factors that affect people with scoliosis.
We’re continually evolving to help people with scoliosis stand tall, from the inside out.