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ScolioTrack Frequently Asked Questions


What is ScolioTrack?

ScolioTrack is a safe and innovative way to track a person’s scoliosis condition month-to-month by using the iPhone accelerometer just as a doctor would with a scoliometer. It also tracks a person’s height, weight and postural assessment as well making it the most comprehensive scoliosis tracking software in the world.


What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis was originally a Greek word meaning curved or bent. Today it is a word used to describe the most common type of spinal curvature. Scoliosis is simply a descriptive term, like headache, and not a precise diagnosis.

When a scoliosis develops the spine bends sideways and rotates along its vertical axis. These changes have cosmetic and physiological effects with long-term consequences which may result in significant health problems with severe curves.


What is a Scoliometer?

An Scoliometer measures distortions of the torso. The patient is asked to bend over, with arms dangling and palms pressed together, until a curve can be observed in the thoracic area (the upper back). The Scoliometer is placed on the back and used to measure the apex (the highest point) of the curve. The patient is then asked to continue bending until the curve in the lower back can be seen; the apex of this curve is then measured.


What does ScolioTrack measures?

ScolioTrack integrates the benefits of a scoliometer which measures the Angle of Trunk Rotation (ATR) and tracks the person’s height, weight and postural changes.

An Scoliometer measures distortions of the torso. The patient is asked to bend over, with arms dangling and palms pressed together, until a curve can be observed in the thoracic area (the upper back). The Scoliometer is placed on the back and used to measure the apex (the highest point) of the curve. The patient is then asked to continue bending until the curve in the lower back can be seen; the apex of this curve is then measured.


What is Angle of Trunk Rotation?

Scoliosis is a three-dimensional condition which involves not only a sideward bending of the spine but also rotation. ScolioTrack as well as the traditional Scoliometer measure this twisting of the spine.


Can anyone perform scoliosis screening?

The test for scoliosis screening is simple. Most parents are capable of doing the screening test with a high degree of accuracy. The standard test for scoliosis is termed the Adam’s Forward Bend Test. Kids are asked to bend over at the waist as if they were touching their toes. The examiner gets their eyes level with the back and looks for one side being higher than the other, or any asymmetry of the back. Even parents with no medical training can detect relatively small curves if they look carefully.


How do to use ScolioTrack?

Please watch the tutorial video where Dr. Kevin Lau walks through the features and functions of ScolioTrack himself.


How often should I use ScolioTrack?

It is advisable to track a child’s scoliosis at least two times a month. This is because scoliosis most commonly occurs during the adolescent growth spurt.

Adults can track their scoliosis once a month to monitor degenerative or age-related changes.


How do I interpret ScolioTrack results?

Research suggest that patients with a 5° scoliometer reading have an 11° scoliosis, and patients with a 7° scoliometer reading are likely to have a Cobb Angle of 20°. Refer to a physician with a scoliometer reading of 5° or greater if they are not already under observation.

For monthly increases of five along with postural changes using the posture assessment tool in ScolioTrack then refer to your health professional for a review.

Remember to bring along your iPhone/iPad to show the physician your records in ScolioTrack.


What should if ScolioTrack shows my scoliosis worsening?

Scoliometer measures the Angle of Trunk Rotation (ATR). Scoliosis is a three-dimensional condition which involves not only a side
bending of the spine but also rotation. The Scoliometer and ScolioTrack measures this rotation.


What are the treatment options for Scoliosis?

The treatment options for scoliosis fall into three main categories: observation of the scoliosis, non-operative treatment and surgical treatment.

1. Observation: This is for curves that have a small degree measurement when you are growing (adolescent scoliosis), or for moderate size curves (< 40-45 degrees) when you are done growing. For adults, observation and physical therapy are for those patients who have mild symptoms and have curves which are not large.

2. Bracing: This is for curves between 25 and 45 degrees in growing children to prevent further progression of the curve while growth of the spine continues. The goal of bracing is to prevent further progression since the brace cannot correct curves.

3. Surgical treatment: This reserved for curves which are generally greater than 50 degrees for adolescent patients and adults. Surgery can be performed for smaller curves if the appearance of the curvature is bothersome to the patient or if symptoms are associated with the scoliosis in the adult patient. The goals of surgical treatment are to obtain curve correction and to prevent curve progression. This is generally achieved by placing metal implants onto the spine which are then attached to rods which correct the spine curvature and hold it in the corrected position until fusion, or knitting of the spine elements together.

4. Non-Surgical treatments: Dr. Kevin Lau offers an innovative and new treatment option for scoliosis which focuses on trying to control how the scoliosis gene is expressed using diet and exercise. To find out more read his book: Health In Your Hands – Your Plan for Natural Scoliosis Prevention and Treatment.


What is the difference between lite and full version?

You can try a lite version of ScolioTrack that allows you only up to 3 scoliosis screen. ScolioTrack Lite and ScolioTrack are two independent programs.

By purchasing the full version, you will enjoy all the functions in it!

  • Unlimited users and scoliosis tracking!
  • Ability to save data all in one convenient place!
  • Ability to back up and import your health records!
  • Ability to use postural assessment tool and camera!
  • Continuing Upgrade!

Does ScolioTrack support languages globally?

ScolioTrack supports multi-lingual versions.

We currently serve in English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) and Korean.

Although the basic interface of ScolioTrack is written in English, you can user profile in any languages that suit your taste.

Wherever you buy ScolioTrack, You can change the language format in iPhone Settings.

Setting the language :

Settings > General > International > Language

Choose the language you want to use, and tap Done.

See How to change language >

If the date & time do not display correctly, Change the settings in Region Format.

Setting Region Format:
Settings > General > International > Region Format
Choose the region you currently live in.


Is update free of charge?

Once you purchase an application, you can download it without charge.

Application update is a new release that can be purchased or downloaded through App Store on iPhone/iPod-Touch or the iTunes Store of your PC.


Warning before your update

Updates may cause loss of data. Please backup your data before installing a new version.


Can I re-download it?

There may be times when you accidentally delete a purchased app before you get a chance to back up your purchase. See the steps to re-download your App Store purchase.

In this case, you can re-download what you have purchased previously through iTunes in your computer or by logging into App Store.

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