The patient was not experiencing any pain from his scoliosis but was aware of the asymmetrical shape of his torso.
The patient was in good health and the systems review and medical history were unremarkable except that the patient had received grommets as a child for recurrent middle ear infections.
Due to the regular AFL and athletic training, good general strength and flexibility were noted on the physical examination. The patient had an obvious right thoracic curvature with rib humping observed during the Adam’s forward bend test.
No other abnormalities were detected.
The patient was prescribed a rigid ScoliBrace orthosis, Scientific Exercise Approach to Scoliosis (SEAS) rehabilitation exercises, and home fulcrum-traction using the ScoliRoll orthotic device (Figure 2).
The patient was required to where the brace for up to 23 hours per day but could take the brace off when training or competing. The patient was instructed to perform the rehabilitation exercises and use the ScoliRoll each day, which in combination, took approximately 40 minutes to complete.
Sport-specific exercises were also incorporated into the patient’s program to aid with motivation and to minimize the impact of the rehabilitation program on what was already a busy sporting/athletic schedule.