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Lanka Hos­pi­tals un­veils new Sco­l­io­sis Clinic

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Lanka Hos­pi­tals, the in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited mul­ti­ple award-win­ning health­care provider, has un­veiled a ded­i­cated Sco­l­io­sis Clinic that spe­cialises in the treat­ment of curved or dam­aged spines.

Sco­l­io­sis is a treat­able con­di­tion that causes the spine to curve to­ward the side in the shape of the let­ter ‘S’ or ‘C’. While the cause of sco­l­io­sis in most in­stances is un­known, the symp­toms of sco­l­io­sis could also in­clude un­even shoul­ders, one shoul­der blade that ap­pears more prom­i­nent than the other, un­even waist or one hip that is higher than the other.

“Lanka Hos­pi­tals has an es­tab­lished cen­tre for or­thopaedic care, neu­ro­log­i­cal care and a sep­a­rate, fully-fledged cen­tre for phys­io­ther­apy treat­ment. We saw the need to pro­vide more vis­i­bil­ity and ac­cess to treat­ment ser­vices in sco­l­io­sis, see­ing that it is a crit­i­cal con­di­tion com­monly seen in teenagers and young girls. We there­fore chose to in­te­grate the ser­vices of our ex­pe­ri­enced teams in or­thopaedic, neu­rol­ogy and phys­io­ther­apy to of­fer spe­cialised sco­l­io­sis treat­ment at Lanka Hos­pi­tals,” Lanka Hos­pi­tals Group Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Deepthi Lokuarachc­hi stated.

“Sco­l­io­sis causes a lot of anx­i­ety among par­ents and phys­i­o­log­i­cal trauma among their chil­dren who suf­fer with this dis­ease. How­ever, prior as­sess­ment of the de­for­mity and ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment can pre­vent fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the con­di­tion. We of­fer phys­io­ther­apy and braces as a treat­ment method to pre­vent the wors­en­ing of the con­di­tion. How­ever, for more se­ri­ous sco­l­io­sis con­di­tions we pro­vide sur­gi­cal correction to con­trol the dis­ease to a sat­is­fac­tory level,” Lanka Hos­pi­tals Sco­l­io­sis Clinic Con­sul­tant Or­thopaedic Sur­geon Dr. Gamini Punchi­hewa stated.

The treat­ment for sco­l­io­sis at Lanka Hos­pi­tals is con­ducted by a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team that in­cludes the doc­tors spe­cial­is­ing in sco­l­io­sis treat­ment, phys­io­ther­a­pists, psy­chol­o­gists, tech­ni­cians for the prepa­ra­tion of back braces along with other ad­di­tional sup­port, which may be re­quired based on a pa­tient’s con­di­tion.

The sur­gi­cal team for sco­l­io­sis is led by em­i­nent neu­ro­sur­geons and or­thopaedic sur­geons.

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