Is Pilates right for me?

What is Pilates? Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise that aims to strengthen muscles, especially the core (stomach and back muscles) to improve general fitness and wellbeing. Pilates has something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness. What are the benefits? Regular Pilates practice can help to improve posture, […]

Pre and Post Surgical Nutrition – Harriet Smith Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist

Any form of surgical procedure causes the body physio­logical stress, the extent of which depends on the extent of the surgery. Orthopaedic surgical procedures can have a profound effect on nutritional status and this article describes the part that nutrition can play pre- and post- spinal fusion surgery. Healthy and balanced diet In general, there’s […]

The anaesthetist’s role

Anaesthetists are specialist doctors whose main role is to provide anaesthesia (putting patients to sleep) and pain management for patients undergoing surgery. After medical school and 2 years of general training, it takes 7 years and many exams to become an anaesthetist. Anaesthetists are involved in all stages of the surgical journey, including helping patients […]

Health play specialist’s role during hospital admission

A registered health play specialist uses therapeutic play to support children and young people during a hospital visit, whether inpatient or outpatient, and they can also work in hospices or in the community setting. We work with children and young people to help them cope while in hospital and to understand the ‘what and why’ […]

Mental Health & Scoliosis

Mental health has become a hot topic in recent years and rightly so, with more prevalence in the media, more funding for support and less stigma, all of which has opened the door for more people to talk about it. We all have mental health just like we all have physical health, but physical health […]

Coping with pain

Adult Degenerative Scoliosis is a common condition, thought to affect approximately 1 in 3 adults. In  most people the condition affects  all 3 planes, ie, sideways (scoliosis), front to back (kyphosis) and cross-section (rotational). Occasionally in some degenerative conditions, one vertebra is slipping forward or sideways from the one below.   How does ADS occur? […]

Non-surgical management of Adult Degenerative Scoliosis

Management of adult degenerate scoliosis (ADS) is challenging. The vast majority of patients diagnosed with ADS are usually treated non-operatively initially to help manage their symptoms. Surgery is an option for ADS but in some patients surgery may not be appropriate for various reasons and some patients may select non-surgical measures as their treatment of […]

Coping with the ageing spine

The spine is like any other joint in the body. Its bony framework joins with other bones. These joints are smooth surfaced and they are lined with cartilage and supported by ligaments and muscles. In the spine each vertebra is joined to the next one by a disc at the front and two facet joints […]

Is scoliosis in the genes?

The question “Is scoliosis in the genes?” has no simple answer, because there are so many different causes of scoliosis. There is a large group of affected people for whom scoliosis is not determined by the genes, for example those with a neuromuscular condition. Over time, different muscle tension between the two sides of the […]