Physical therapist working with a patient

Oct 29, 2019 / Therapy Services

Physical Therapy Treatment for Scoliosis

Scoliosis is one of the most common pediatric conditions our experts treat and presents very differently depending on the patient. Our team is committed to providing the best possible care to each child, making sure that the treatment plan helps get them back to doing what they love.

Scoliosis specific exercise (SSE) is a treatment provided by a trained physical therapist. Several of our physical therapists have completed extensive training in one approach called the Schroth method. A child will be evaluated by one of our pediatric orthopedic spine specialists to diagnose the type and magnitude of their curve. For many patients, a physical therapist will teach proper form for the exercises and progress the movements over time. 

Like other SSE, the Scroth method lengthens muscles and ligaments to increase mobility, activates and strengthens muscles, improves resting posture and teaches how to perform daily movements in improved posture. Benefits of Schroth method include: 
  • Improves pain
  • Prevent/limits curve progression
  • Improves lung capacity
Important information about the Schroth method:
  • Most effective for children who are still growing.
  • It can serve as a stand-alone treatment, but is also used in conjunction with other care, such as bracing.
Courtney Warren, a physical therapist at our Frisco campus, says that it is very rewarding to hear patients report that their work is paying off when dance instructors and coaches notice their ability to perform activities in a new posture.

Learn more about the care and treatment of scoliosis.  

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