Scoliosis-specific physiotherapy (PT) has been recognized as helpful in influencing the direction of curvature in recent years. Over the past few decades, PT has played a minor role in the treatment of scoliosis. Patients and families are now looking for more active alternatives to treat scoliosis early after diagnosis. With advances in therapeutic specialization and scoliosis education, physical therapy is now a more affordable option.
A major PT-based approach that is growing in popularity is the Schroth Method, a conservative, non-surgical, exercise-based best scoliosis treatment. Although this method has been practiced since the 1960s.
Schroth's goal is to reduce the development of curvature as well as provide additional benefits such as increased breathing and improved psychological vision. Patients work closely with a physical therapist and learn how to perform specialist exercises specifically to model their scoliosis curve.
Schroth may be combined with a splint depending on the severity of the treatment and the age of the patient. RSC clamps are preferred to accompany Schroth therapy. There are fewer than 10 orthopedic surgeons trained to use RSC braces in the United States.
With Schroth Therapy, patients report the benefits of being able to take action to treat scoliosis and also report significant differences in postural deformity. Cases have been reported showing success in preventing surgery through the combined use of RSC clamps and Schroth therapy.
Scoliosis screening and treatment solutions have always been the family's individual choice. Parents and children should be aware of the importance of exploring and researching various treatment options when scoliosis is diagnosed.