Scoliosis Specialist in Brooklyn

If your child has scoliosis, and you need a scoliosis specialist in Brooklyn, we can help.  This post by Dr. Gilzon, physical therapist describes how he uses conservative care and a specialized type of treatment to address this abnormal curvature of the spine.

Dr. Gilzon and the specially trained therapists at Park Sports Physical Therapy use a method originally developed in Spain.  It’s called the Schroth Method and it can address symptoms and prevent further progression of scoliosis

Scoliosis is a term used to describe an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. The spine has a natural curve if you were to look at it from the side, but when scoliosis occurs, the spine curves to the side either as a single curve to the left (shaped like the letter “C”), a single curve to the right (shaped like a backwards “C”) or it has two curves (shaped like the letter “S”).

Scoliosis can develop at any time, but it is most commonly seen between 10-18 years of age, when it’s typically detected by school screenings or a physician visit. Idiopathic scoliosis, meaning that it has no known cause, is the most common form overall and specifically in children. Patients with idiopathic scoliosis rarely experience pain and the curve is usually minor enough that treatment isn’t needed. But this can change with time.

After scoliosis is detected, some doctors recommend waiting and regularly monitoring the spine to see if the curve gets worse. While this many be appropriate in some situations, we usually recommend a specific set of exercises that follow a principle called the Schroth Method as the best possible approach for idiopathic scoliosis.

There are numerous Schroth Method exercises, and the combination of exercises our physical therapists prescribe is based on each patient’s unique scoliosis and the curves of their spine. Unlike most other exercises, which are completed on both sides of the body, scoliosis exercises are generally executed on one side only. This is in order to correct the imbalances of the spine by lengthening and strengthening the muscles in this area. On the whole, the exercises consist of a combination of stretching, strengthening and breathing techniques, which follow this three-step exercise process:

  1. First, make sure the pelvis is properly aligned
  2. Then, do exercises to lengthen the spine, followed by breathing techniques to move the spine and ribs into the best possible posture
  3. Finally, tense the muscles of the trunk, which will strengthen weak muscles and preserve the posture that has now been corrected

The benefits of the Schroth Method are highlighted in the findings of this recent study:

According to these results, Schroth PSSE (physiotherapeutic scoliosis-specific exercises) added to the standard of care were superior compared to standard of care alone for reducing the curve severity in patients with AIS (adolescent idiopathic scoliosis). Reference:

So if you or your child is dealing with scoliosis, it seems that the Schroth Method is your best option to address symptoms and prevent the condition from progressing further. Contact us to find out how our physical therapists can help you next.

Scoliosis Treatment in Brooklyn

The clinicians at Park Sports Physical Therapy are experts in scoliosis treatment in Brooklyn.  Below is some information on scoliosis and how we can help.

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis  is a condition where patients present with a sideways curvature of the or backbone or spinal column.. These curves can be C-shaped, or more commonly, are S-shaped or C-shaped. Most patient develop idiopathic scoliosis, which means there is no known cause of this diagnosis.

How is Scoliosis Diagnosed?

The diagnosis of scoliosis is the result of a healthcare practitioner performing special tests, a physical exam, taking a thorough health history, and an x-ray of the spine. If the x-ray reveals a sideways curvature of 25 degrees or more and is consistent with the health history, exam, and special tests, the diagnosis is made. X-rays also provide additional value in that they help determine the direction, location, and shape of the sideways curvature.

Who Gets Scoliosis and What is the Cause?

As mentioned above, the cause of scoliosis, in most cases, is unknown. There are two ways that healthcare experts define scoliosis:

  1. Structural – structural scoliosis is a situation where the bones of the spine become twisted and have formed a lateral curve and it is fixed or unchanged. Injuries, birth defects, infections, or diseases can cause this.
  2. Nonstructural – this is a type of curve that is temporary. Identifying the underlying cause and treating us often effective

Scoliosis with an unknown cause typically shows up in kids during the age of 10-12 but people of all ages may develop scoliosis.  Here are some patterns that are common with scoliosis:

  • Girls develop scoliosis more than boys
  • Scoliosis runs in families
  • It is rarely painful

Physical Therapist Directed Scoliosis Treatment in Brooklyn – It’s Our Specialty

Clinical research has demonstrated that exercise therapy can improve a scoliosis patient’s strength, endurance, and lung function. There is controversy as to whether exercise can slow or even reverse scoliosis. There is some evidence that a specific exercise approach as outlined here in this case study. As such, several of our physical therapists have been trained in the Schroth Method here in Brooklyn.

The Schroth Method is defined as follows (reference:

Schroth Exercises are customized exercises for the patient’s scoliosis deformity.

The method teaches patients how to:

  • Correct spinal rotation and increase lung capacity with a rotational breathing technique.
  • Help restore normal spinal position with pelvic corrections, breathing technique, and stabilizing isometric contractions.
  • Improve posture during routine daily living, not just during therapy.

Try Physical Therapy/The Schroth Method Before Aggressive Treatments

Treatment for scoliosis is medical observation, bracing, and in severe cases, surgery. Before aggressive, invasive treatment, it makes sense to try a conservative, natural treatment approach.

For More Information, Give Us a Call

If you or a loved one has scoliosis, give us a call to learn more about our scoliosis treatment and the Schroth Method here in our Brooklyn offices.

You can contact us at one of our four locations for more information.

Garfield Place Clinic
325 Garfield Pl | Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 230-1180

Sixth Avenue Clinic
670 6th Ave | Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 369-2560

Clinton Hill Clinic
973 Fulton St | Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-0224

Union Street Clinic
808 Union St | Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 398-8800