Spotlight on Scoliosis


Scoliosis is a spinal deformity – famously known as a “sideways” curve of the spine. It is most often found during adolescence and affects about three in every hundred Canadians. 

As the spine curves it can cause changes in body morphology like unevenness in the hips, waist, and shoulders; a spot that “sticks out” on the ribs and/or back; and a shoulder blade that “pokes out”. Scoliosis patients may experience increasing symptoms as the condition progresses, such as pain, breathing difficulty, osteoarthritis, mental health problems, and decreased health-related quality of life.

Historically, scoliosis was managed by monitoring the curve and implementing bracing or surgery. However, in recent years, physiotherapeutic scoliosis specific exercises (known as PSSE) have made their way into the recommended standard of care for scoliosis patients. These exercises are largely aimed at preventing the progression of/reducing the spinal curve, and, for those who undergo surgery or bracing, optimizing the results. Studies have shown that PSSE are effective for decreasing pain, improving quality of life, increasing back muscle endurance and range of motion, and improving self-image.

Most people with scoliosis can lead a healthy, active life. But a better understanding of the condition can help you to better address your discomfort, and empower you to seek the best treatment possible. Schroth is one of the most widely studied and used forms of PSSE. it offered by Sun City Physiotherapy in Lake Country by International Schroth Scoliosis Therapist Tamara Oakley.

Sun City Physiotherapy Locations


1468 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC
Phone: 250-861-8056
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103-437 Glenmore Road, Kelowna, BC
Phone: 250-762-6313
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Lake Country

40-9522 Main St., Lake Country, BC
Phone: 250-766-2544
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Lower Mission

3970 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC
Phone: 778-699-2006
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