Your Patient Journey
An initial consultation with Scoliosis Specialists’ Dr Rob Labrom requires a referral from your GP or other specialist healthcare practitioner. For further information on what to bring to your first consultation and what to expect from your first visit, check out our Patient Information section.
The first stage will be a physical observation. Dr Labrom will observe you in different positions and from varying perspectives. You will be asked to stand up, bend over and walk.
A device called a Scoliometer will be placed over an area of possible scoliosis to provide an estimate of the spine’s rotation. X-rays may be required following the physical exam or sometimes they have been done before the first consultation. Dr Labrom will assess the X-Rays or EOS scan and measure any curves in your spine using the Cobb method.
A treatment plan will be devised based on the results of your diagnostic tests. A curve greater than 10º Cobb Angle and with rotation is considered scoliosis, but bracing treatment usually isn’t necessary unless the curve reaches 20 – 25º. Treatments vary from periodic observation and monitoring examinations, non-operative treatment such as bracing, with surgical intervention only for the most severe cases. Physical therapies and postural training is very helpful for all spinal curvature conditions.
Your Scoliosis Specialist will review your ongoing diagnostic information from visit to visit. Your overall condition and any changes in your scoliosis will be monitored closely, always taking into consideration your overall health and looking towards the best possible outcomes for you.
Reviewing Patient Outcomes
Dr Labrom will consistently review your ongoing diagnostic information against your procedural care plan. We will keep you informed every step of the way.
Follow up visits and ongoing support services will be provided through our healthcare network throughout your patient journey. If you have had surgery, please review our post-operative care and recovery section.