Tag: COVID-19

Happy new year from the UK Scoliosis clinic!

We hope that you’ve had the best Christmas possible, and, like us, you’re looking forward to a fresh start!


2020 is over!

What a year 2020 has turned out to be!

Without question, this has been the most difficult year the clinic has faced – through lockdowns and even periods of less restriction, it’s been a challenge to provide the services to our patients that we want to. At times, it’s been tough to keep positive!

Despite this, we have managed to continue operating and, covid notwithstanding, we’ve still helped many people overcome and manage Scoliosis. Thank you so much to all of you for your support and cooperation over this time – at the moment, your compliance with guidelines and restrictions is absolutely essential for us to continue to operate at all, and your help is very much appreciated.


The UK Scoliosis clinic in 2021

Let’s be honest – 2021 still looks uncertain – we hope that as lockdowns lift we’ll be able to welcome international clients back to the clinic and we certainly look forward to an easier time for our clients here in the UK. It’s also possible that we may see the return of more restrictions, but we’re pleased to say that after nearly a year we are now very well prepared whatever the next 12 months bring!

We’re fully committed to providing the best possible treatment that we can, no matter what the conditions re: covid. In line with government guidelines, we’ll continue to use all appropriate PPE and additional cleaning at the clinic as and when face to face consultations can take place. We’re also offering online consultations and check-ups, and we would encourage all of our patients to ensure you attend in one way or other in order to keep your treatment moving ahead successfully.

We’ll be staying in touch with everyone as and when regulations start to change, and with any luck we’ll seen be “back to normal”.


Here’s to (hopefully) a great 2021!


Dear Clients,

I just wanted to quickly update you on arrangements at The UK Scoliosis Clinic given that a new national lockdown has now been announced.

While it’s devastating for all of us, were back in lockdown – thankfully, businesses who cannot work remotely are allowed to remain open and we will be doing so. The UK Scoliosis Clinic will remain open.

Thanks to the hard work we put in earlier in the year, as well as the incredible cooperation we’ve seen from all our clients we can, and will, continue to operate the clinic as usual and in line with the COVID-Secure practices, which we have now had in place for nearly 6 months.

Given the individualised nature of scoliosis consultations and treatments, we have found it relatively easy to adapt the clinic to operate in a way which keeps everyone as safe as possible, and we’re fully confident we will continue to be able to do so.  

We would ask all patients to please ensure they are following the guidelines when at the clinic, as well as day to day. If we all work together, we can beat this thing sooner!

I will make a further update if required in the future, however I want to be clear that our intention is to remain OPEN to serve our patients.

If you have any questions or concerns please just give us a call.


Looking forward to seeing you soon!


COVID-19 and Scoliosis – What you need to know

As we all know, COVID-19 seems, for the most part, seems to have a more significant impact on those with pre-existing health conditions. Sadly, many fit, healthy younger people have died from the virus, but it’s clear that those with health complications or who are simply a little older are disproportionately represented in the death statistics.

We have had questions from many clients, and indeed non-clients, wondering about how COVID-19 impacts those with scoliosis. While it’s important to stress that you should consult with your GP on your individual case, here are our best answers to some of your common questions at this stage.


Does scoliosis increase my risk to COVID-19?

At present, the UK government has defined two groups of people who are expected to be extremely vulnerable, and moderately vulnerable to COVID-19. At the present time, there is no evidence to suggest that Scoliosis itself is a factor in COVID-19 risk, although there are some areas where we would advise our clients to be cautious.

These lists are subject to change as we learn more about the virus, however at this time, the conditions listed are:


People at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable)

People at high risk from coronavirus include people who:

  • have had an organ transplant
  • are having chemotherapy or antibody treatment for cancer, including immunotherapy
  • are having an intense course of radiotherapy (radical radiotherapy) for lung cancer
  • are having targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system (such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors)
  • have blood or bone marrow cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
  • have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in the past 6 months, or are still taking immunosuppressant medicine
  • have been told by a doctor they have a severe lung condition (such as cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or severe COPD)
  • have a condition that means they have a very high risk of getting infections (such as SCID or sickle cell)
  • are taking medicine that makes them much more likely to get infections (such as high doses of steroids or immunosuppressant medicine)
  • have a serious heart condition and are pregnant


People at moderate risk (clinically vulnerable)

People at moderate risk from coronavirus include people who:

  • are 70 or older
  • have a lung condition that’s not severe (such as asthma, COPD, emphysema or bronchitis)
  • have heart disease (such as heart failure)
  • have diabetes
  • have chronic kidney disease
  • have liver disease (such as hepatitis)
  • have a condition affecting the brain or nerves (such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy)
  • have a condition that means they have a high risk of getting infections
  • are taking medicine that can affect the immune system (such as low doses of steroids)
  • are very obese (a BMI of 40 or above)
  • are pregnant – see advice about pregnancy and coronavirus


While scoliosis is not specifically listed here, there are several conclusions and cases we can take into account.

Firstly, severe cases of scoliosis can restrict breathing and reduce respiratory function – it has been shown that even under normal circumstances, those with scoliosis tend to have the lower functional capacity in this regard (that is to say, the ability to respire effectively). Many individuals with scoliosis do not experience these difficulties, however, it may be prudent to practice very strict social distancing out of caution. If you are aware that you have breathing difficulties as a result of scoliosis, we would suggest that you contact your GP for further advice, but consider yourself at higher risk.

Secondly, many scoliosis patients are older individuals suffering from de-novo scoliosis. De-novo scoliosis is very common in the population over 70 and again, may serve to limit mobility and perhaps respiration. In line with government guidelines, we recommend that this group take extra care.

Thirdly, while scoliosis is not generally considered a major issue as far as pregnancy is concerned, we suggest you inform your care team immediately if they do not already know you have scoliosis. It is important, for example, when placing an epidural, for your clinical care team to be aware that you have scoliosis. Because of the additional factors which scoliosis can bring to birth specifically, we recommend that you plan to have your child in hospital rather than considering a home birth or an alternative due to coronavirus.


Lockdown and scoliosis – what should I do?

Lockdown, while unpleasant has thus far been the most effective method available to control coronavirus. It’s clear that by reducing social contact we can slow the spread of the virus – however, it’s also becoming clear that many are now not persuing medical issues and treatment which they otherwise would. Initially, it was not possible to continue with many treatments, however, most clinics are now running as normal, with safety measures in place. We recommend the following while in lockdown:

  • Try to stay active as you normally would – if you have prescribed exercises, ensure that you do them each day as normal.
  • If you are bracing, continue with your wear time as usual. Do not be tempted to alter this yourself without consultation.
  • If you are due a brace or exercise review, the clinic is now open for you, if you are able to attend.
  • If you cannot attend the clinic in person, we can arrange a telehealth appointment for you as an alternative. We would suggest that a telehealth appointment is preferable to travel on public transport at this time, although if you can attend the clinic using private transportation this is better still.


I think I may have scoliosis, what should I do?

It’s critical that new scoliosis cases continue to be treated as quickly as possible, notwithstanding COVID-19. In Adolescent cases, in particular, even a few weeks can make a significant difference to the path of treatment as well as the potential outcome.

The UK Scoliosis clinic has re-opened for current patients and new or suspected worsening scoliosis cases. Social distancing can be maintained at all times at our clinic and special measures have been put in place to protect you. The total exposure to others required for a scoliosis consultation and even the instigation of a treatment plan is very low.