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Online Booking available now – which consultation is right for you?

As part of ongoing efforts to make accessing services at the UK Scoliosis Clinic easier than ever, we have now introduced an option to book either an online or in-person consultation right here through our website. With two options to pick from you might be wondering which consultation type is right for you?


Online consultation

An online consultation is an excellent way to speak to a Scoliosis expert from the comfort of your own home and at a lower cost than an in-person consultation at our clinic. Our online option includes the taking of an essential Scoliosis specific medical history, a review of any x-rays which you may have, movement assessment, a visual postural assessment (if desired) and time for Q & A.

An online consultation generally lasts approximately 20-30 Minutes and takes place via our secure online platform, which means your consultation remains totally private.

An online consultation is ideal for someone who wants to speak to an expert, get a second opinion on a diagnosis or treatment recommendation or is simply seeking some advice about the first steps when learning they have Scoliosis. The major drawback of an online consultation is that we cannot take X-rays nor physical measurements of your spine, nor see you in person – this means that in most cases we cannot formally diagnose Scoliosis during an online consultation, although we can usually give our professional opinion. If you already have X-rays, a web consultation can be an excellent option, although it’s important to keep in mind that our diagnosis and advice in this situation relies on the currency of the X-rays you provide.

Since a web consultation is also cheaper, they’re a good choice for people who want to explore scoliosis treatment, without incurring larger costs – for example, an older person considering bracing to help manage Scoliosis related pain.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of the online consultation option is the fact that you can participate from anywhere in the world – allowing you to access world-class Scoliosis advice wherever you happen to be located. Please note, that we currently offer consultations in English only.


In-person consultation

An in-person consultation at our clinic is the most comprehensive option designed to provide not only a formal diagnosis of Scoliosis but also practical advice on treatment steps and the options which would be applicable for you.

Scoliosis consultation at our clinic is the fastest and most efficient way to get answers on Scoliosis. Our consultations can include X-rays (for a additional fee), which are taken here at the clinic enabling you to get a professional diagnosis and a plan to move forward with treatment if appropriate for your case.

Our In-clinic consultation lasts between 1.5 and 2 hours, and includes a detailed, Scoliosis specific medical history, Scoliosis impact assessment, Postural Assessment, Scoliosis measurement and evaluation and a detailed report outlining your case, diagnosis and recommended options for treatment. We can also provide a report to your insurance provider (if required).

Your appointment can include a full set of Diagnostic X-rays utilising our state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine, allowing Scoliosis to be definitely diagnosed and understood. You will also receive a digital copy of your X-rays to take away.

Our in-clinic consultations are most suitable for those who are concerned that they may have scoliosis but do not have X-rays or other documentation to rule the condition in, or out. It’s also ideal for those who know they have Scoliosis and are actively looking to take up non-surgical treatment or are wanting to change treatment, perhaps from another provider.


Next steps

All of our consultations are standalone options – meaning there’s no obligation to take up treatment with us after your consultation. In some cases, it might be determined that Scoliosis isn’t the correct diagnosis, or it may be the case that more appropriate treatment can be obtained through another provider – in this case, we’re often able to recommend suitable practitioners close to you.  Where Scoliosis is determined to be an issue for you, an in-person consultation can lead directly into the formation and beginning of a treatment plan should you want to take action as soon as possible.

For those consulting with us from overseas, we work with a network of other Scoliosis treatment providers across the globe and can often recommend a practitioner in your general area – but should you wish to visit our clinic you’ll still be very welcome!




Online consultations now available!

Get answers on Scoliosis- Fast, and from home.

If you have concerns about Scoliosis, perhaps after a screening or worry that you or a loved one may be developing Scoliosis, help form the UK Scoliosis Clinic is on hand when you need it. If you are unable to visit the clinic in person or want to get an initial opinion in advance, an online “telehealth” consultation could be a great option for you.

A Telehealth consultation can take place in your own home, wherever in the world you live – it’s also a fantastic option for those who have other medical concerns, such as coronavirus, which may discourage them from traveling unless strictly necessary.

Scoliosis is a complex condition which develops differently in each patient, so an in-person appointment at the clinic is always required at the start of a treatment program – however, an online consultation is an excellent first step to discerning if Scoliosis is or isn’t the cause of your problems. It is usually not possible to formally diagnose a new case of Scoliosis via a web consultation – however, if you already have X-rays we often can. At the end of your consultation, we will be able to provide you with a very strong indication of your likely diagnosis and how you might proceed to the best treatment options.

Online consultations are also an excellent way to quickly get a second opinion on a scoliosis case, which we strongly advise before embarking on a course of treatment.  In some instances, we may also recommend online consultation as a method of checking and updating exercise programs for those who are currently undergoing an exercise-based treatment plan.

As you would expect, the content of your online consultation will be held in the strictest confidence.


How does an online consultation work?

A telehealth consultation is much like a discussion on skype, or any other video conference system. For telehealth, we have to conform to strict guidelines around security and data handling but as a patient, your experience will be much the same as a normal chat.

To participate, you will need:

  • a laptop/ PC with built-in webcam and speakers
  • OR a laptop or computer with external webcam and speakers
  • OR an iPad/tablet device with webcam and speakers
  • a stable internet connection
  • a well-lit area with a clear wall/plain background
  • to wear clothes suitable for exercise or assessment
  • the webcam set up so your full posture can be seen on screen (from feet to top of head)
  • any prescribed exercise equipment ready for the session
  • if the consultation is related to a brace, have it ready
  • For those under 18, a parent or guardian must be present during the entirety of the consultation.


After your consultation

After your consultation you will receive a written report from Dr Irvine, detailing his observations on your case, recommendations for treatment (if required) and next steps.  If it is agreed that you would benefit from an in-person scoliosis consultation, we can arrange this for you at the earliest possible convenience.

Please note that our online consultation service is a “stand-alone” option, and there is absolutely no obligation to commit to a course of treatment at the UK Scoliosis Clinic after your consultation.


What does an online consultation cost?

Your online, private consultation with Dr Irvine is £120 for a 30 minute appointment.

Fees are payable in advance when you book your consultation. We accept all major credit /debit cards as well as bank transfer.


Book your online consultation

To book your scoliosis consultation please phone the clinic to arrange an appointment at a time which is convenient for you.




Telehealth consultations – Now available!

The COVID-19 Crisis sweeping the world is making everyday life hard for all of us. While there are many issues which can be put “on the back burner” a scoliosis consultation should not be one of these. For patients at a high risk of progression – for example, those between 10 and 18 – scoliosis can evolve very quickly, which means a swift consultation is a must.

Effective immediately, Dr Paul Irvine, Dr of Chiropractic and founder of the clinic, will be offering Scoliosis consultations online in a highly secure, private environment. While a teleconsultation is not a replacement for an in-person appointment, it represents an excellent way to get an initial diagnosis and further information about next steps.

We will be posting more information about this option shortly – in the meantime, if you are urgently seeking an appointment please get in touch via our normal phone number and we will arrange an appointment with you, and answer any questions you have.