Few options exist in the United States for the effective management of scoliosis.
Anxious parents are told to just watch and wait to see if the curve progresses enough to warrant bracing and/or surgery.
Adults experiencing increased pain and curve progression are told that the only option is surgery. Traditional Physical Therapy has not been shown to impact curve progression. We at Avanti Therapy have a Boulder, Co, Schroth-based scoliosis program to aid management of scoliosis.
For years Europeans have been using an approach shown to be effective for scoliosis management, based on the work of Katarina Schroth. The training program used at Avanti Therapy was developed by Manual Rigo, MD, PhD, a world renowned advocate for the conservative management of scoliosis, and Director of the E. Salva Institute for Rehabilitation of Spinal Deformities, Barcelona, Spain.
Scoliosis is a three dimensional condition, which progresses due to a vicious cycle. It starts with vertebral wedging and becomes self-perpetuating as the spine is loaded asymmetrically from the wedging at one or two levels. We work to break this cycle through the use of spinal elongation exercises, isometric strengthening and rotational breathing.
Each person receives a program designed to address their specific curve pattern, goals and functional limitations. We will also consult with you regarding brace options if needed.
The primary goal of Schroth-based Physical Therapy is to halt the progression of the curve, although curve reduction is achieved for many patients. Pain relief, improvement in posture and trunk symmetry, improved lung function, increased strength, mobility, and ability to participate in an active lifestyle are also achievable goals.