Children & Adolescents

Adolescent Scoliosis

Functional Physio is a foremost provider of scoliosis treatment. Because of our expertise in the treatment of back and neck injuries we were invited by one of the world’s leading spinal surgeons, Professor Vert Mooney of University of California, to participate in a study on Managing Adolescent Scoliosis utilising our specific spinal strengthening equipment.

We are proud that this study was published in the March 2007 issue of an internationally recognised medical journal, The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine. The results of this study are very promising for the cessation and improvement in the scoliotic curves of teenagers.
Based on the results of this research, in consultation with Professor Mooney, we are continuing with our protocols in the treatment of scoliosis in teenagers and adults.

View details of our research

In 2011 we discovered our daughter had scoliosis in her lower back that was a 33 degree curvature. We visited an Auckland surgeon who said the mostly likely remedy would be surgery when she had finished growing. Knowing that she had about 18 months growth left we asked if there were any options we could try in the meantime, he said no. We were later suggested a brace treatment by a friend whose daughter had already had major surgery at age 13 for her scoliosis. So we went to Australia for a brace fitting and after three months of a really good effort we all agreed that there must be a better, less restrictive and invasive way. A local osteopath suggested that we contact David Woodbridge of Functional Physio as she had heard of his research.

I have to confess we were pretty sceptical in the beginning – especially when we discovered that each visit twice a week took less than 10 minutes. However, after 5 months we are absolutely thrilled with the results. To the naked eye we can see quite clearly a very definite improvement. In fact on most days her spine looks completely straight now. The under-developed muscles on the left have formed more and the over-developed muscle mass on the right of the curvature has shrunk – her spine looks straight!

We believe Dave and his team are really on to something here and would recommend this treatment strategy as the very first port of call for any adolescent with scoliosis in their treatment range. Thank you Dave and Co!  "

G & B Bailey, Waimauku

Adolescent Injuries

We see a number of children and adolescents with a variety of musculoskeletal issues ranging from growth plate injuries such as Osgood-Schlatter Disease and Sever’s Disease to spinal problems such as neck and lumbar sprains, scoliosis and poor-posture-related problems. With our state-of-the-art spinal-strengthening equipment we can very effectively treat these posture-related and spinal problems. Read about our expertise in treating backs here.

Growth plates are the areas of growing tissue near the ends of the long bones in the legs and arms in kids and adolescents. Also called a physis or epiphyseal plate, a growth plate produces new bone tissue. An injured growth plate might not do its job properly, which can lead to crooked or misshapen bones, limbs that are too short, or even arthritis. Fortunately, this is rare. With recognition and the right treatment, most growth plate injuries can be successfully treated without long-term problems.

Growth-plate injuries are most common in children who are very active. Certain muscle groups do not keep pace with a growing skeleton and become weak. Common undeveloped muscle groups are around the hips and knees and when a child runs or jumps there may not be enough stability at hip level, resulting in extra stress on the growth plates at the patellar tendon attachment at the knee and Achilles tendon attachment at the heel. By strengthening the undeveloped muscle groups with specific exercises, it can take the stress off the growth plates and let the irritation settle.


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