The Schroth Method for Scoliosis
Scoliosis affects 6-9 million Americans. The primary age of onset for scoliosis is 10-15 years old, occurring equally male and female. At Park Sports PT, we treat scoliosis using the Scroth Method. This specialized form of treatment has shown to greatly ease pain and improve current and potential quality of health for younger and older patients.
One recent case here at Park Sports involved a 13 year old female named Kathy. Kathy was a highly energized, busy, and athletic young teen. She danced ballet, played lacrosse, and was a competitive swimmer. As is often the case, Kathy discovered she had scoliosis at a regular check up at her doctor’s office. As a result, her doctor monitored Kathy with x-rays every 6 months for a year. They determined that her spine displayed a curve progression over the 12 months. Kathy was also in pain and had to greatly reduce her activities.
The diagnosis Kathy received from her medical doctor was as follows:
- Right Thoracic convexity with 11 degree Cobb angle
- Left Lumbar convexity with 16 degree Cobb angle
Treatment at Park Sports PT.
Kathy and her family decided they wanted to pursue physical therapy. After researching Park Sports PT and visiting our clinics, Kathy began working with our Scroth Method specialist Dr. Kristin Romeo. One of the many aspects of Park Sports Kathy and her family liked was that Dr. Romeo is also an athlete and competitive soccer player and has a personal understanding as to how important body function and health is to athletic performance and everyday activity.
At the start of treatment, Dr. Romeo reviews all medical records pertaining to her patient’s scoliosis. She then performs her own examination, re-taking measurements and preparing her own evaluation. After Dr. Romeo performed these important tasks for Kathy, she designed a treatment plan and schedule.
Kathy visited Park Sports PT 22 times over the course of three months. After these three months, Kathy was pain free and resumed her full slate of activities. In fact, her Left Lumbar convexity, which was 16 degrees when treatment began, was 11 degrees after three months. Kathy’s family purchased most of the Schroth equipment we used in her sessions at our clinic for home use to help Kathy continue her at-home plan.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Scoliosis, the Schroth Method might be a perfect solution for less pain and better future health. For more information on the Schroth Method, Park Sports PT, and a consultation, please visit us HERE. Park Sports PT is a Participating Member of the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Network.