Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is the most common type of scoliosis. It begins
at a young age and becomes more pronounced during periods of rapid growth. Physical Therapy is a preferred specialty for treatment of adolescent scoliosis and it is available in Brooklyn. If diagnosed
early enough, there are multiple steps that can be taken to halt or slow the progression of the
curvature. Screenings performed by your child’s Physical Therapist, PCP or school nurse. It should
be performed at least once per year. It is a simple and effective tool to recognize any signs of scoliosis. Because pain does not always accompany scoliosis, screenings during adolescence are critical particularly if other
members of the family have been diagnosed with scoliosis. Screening is available at our new location in Williamsburg.
The Schroth Method is used for a diagnosis of adolescent scoliosis or kyphosis either pre/post-surgically or
when surgery is not recommended. Physical Therapy addresses the flexible, postural component of adolescent scoliosis.
This type of therapy can also help individuals with adolescent scoliosis and who have pain. When a child is young and still growing, the bony component of scoliosis is still able to be addressed to halt or slow the risk of progression. The muscles of the ribcage and trunk are targeted to isometrically strengthen and stabilize the spine
for improved posture, decreased pain, improved lung capacity, and stability. Integration of these
principles of correction into activities of daily living and re-enforcement of postural correction
allows for improved quality of life and new, healthy habits. You can find more information about Schroth at the Barcelona Spine Institute https://www.schroth-barcelonainstitute.com/
If conservative treatment is recommended by your physician, a collaboration among multiple
providers such as your physical therapist, orthotist and orthopedist is crucial to ensure the most
effective treatment plan and monitoring. Physical Therapy for adolescent scoliosis is available at our Brooklyn locations in Park Slope and Williamsburg. Please visit our website for directions and office hours https://parksportspt.com/williamsburg-clinic/
This article is written by Kristin Romeo, PT, DPT, OCS, Certified Schroth practitioner