Scoliosis is a “S” or “C” curvature on the spine. Scoliosis generally seen in childhood, but it can also come about in adulthood. Scoliosis can arise due to a variety of reasons, including genetics, uneven pelvic position, past spinal or joint surgeries, or even head injuries. When a person with scoliosis is viewed from the front or back, the spine appears to be curved. If the curve is greater than 40 degrees, the body organ (heart, lungs) might be affected by the curvature of spine. Surgery might be necessary if this is the case. If you suspect scoliosis, you should consult your doctor about an appropriate treatment plan.
In 80% of all case, the cause of scoliosis is not known. This is called idiopathic scoliosis. It develops mostly in children and teens and appears to be related to several things, including genetics, as it often runs in families. Scoliosis is divided into two types: structural and functional scoliosis
Nonstructural (functional) scoliosis involves a curve in the spine, without rotation, that is reversible and it is caused by a condition such as pain, muscle spasm, or a difference in leg length.
Structural scoliosis involves a curve in the spine, with rotation, that is irreversible and is usually caused by an unknown factor (idiopathic) or a disease or condition such as infection, Marfan's syndrome, or muscular dystrophy.
We will conduct physical examination for scoliosis, clues include uneven shoulders, uneven waist, or leaning to one side. The diagnosis of scoliosis and the determination of the type of scoliosis are then made by an X-ray to evaluate the magnitude of the curve.
Scoliosis occurs at a painless condition. Someone with scoliosis may not feel any change in the spine but instead notice that their clothes don't fit quite right or that their posture is not straight. In children, the parent or a teacher often notices an asymmetry. As a result, the shoulders and hips may be uneven, causing one shirtsleeve or pant leg to seem shorter than the other. However, the abnormal curvature and resulting rotation of the spine can result in pain coming from the uneven pressure or tension on associated muscles, joints or ligaments.
We may provide tips on posture of daily activities so your spine is protected. And we will use conservative method such as prescribe exercise for patients (Schroth method), during the treatment period the curvature of the spine will be monitored. The goal of your treatment is to correct the curvature and restore the range of motion of spine as soon as possible.
Many parents mistakenly believe that surgery is the only way to improve spine problems. In fact, rehabilitation and exercise therapy are the most common ways to improve the condition in Europe and the United States. The therapy (Schroth Method) is derived from Germany in 1920, and this is the most common method to treat scoliosis in European countries. A well-known orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Hans RudolphWeiss, pointed out that Schroth Method is an effective method of exercise therapy that can reduce scoliosis angle and reduce the need of surgery in future opportunities.
All Schroth therapists are required to enroll in Asklepios Katherina Schroth Klink orthopedic rehabilitation centers for formal training and passed the qualification exams in order to become recognized Schroth scoliosis therapist.
The diagnosis of Scoliosis is usually made on the basis of patient’s comprehensive assessment, position of scoliosis, degree of rotation, time and cause of the condition, as well as other personal background information to assist therapists for assigning treatment plan to meet the patients’ needs.
Schroth scoliosis treatment is a cost effective, low risk exercise therapy to treat scoliosis. The treatment can effectively improve the degree of scoliosis , posture , appearance, back pain and other problems, it is widely used by doctors in Europe as a treatment for scoliosis purposes. ProCare Medical group can provide Schroth scoliosis therapy. In the treatment session our therapists will guide the patient different movements with proper breathing method for the spine, and improve problems caused by scoliosis. Our clinic has two treatment rooms for patient to perform this exercise.
Schroth scoliosis spine treatment method is suitable for people aged over 7-8 or suffering from scoliosis spine disorders. People with any degree (Cobb Angle) of scoliosis, with or without wearing an orthopedic brace, before or after surgery are suitable to receive Schroth treatment.
No. According to the medial research, Schroth Scoliosis treatment can also apply to adults and person with disability, which can significantly improve scoliosis condition. However, the best time for scoliosis treatment is during adolescence and childhood period because their joints are in developing stages. If their spine did not get properly treated by that time, the conditions will become more and more severe and this will delay their recovery process.
> There is no treatment (include surgery, exercise therapy) can 100% guarantee to heal the conditions completely, but if patient performs long-term specific Schroth exercise with breathing techniques, their appearance, spinal curvature and pain level will be improved.
The results are depending on the severity, location, and the frequency of treatment. Patient with scoliosis usually perform Schroth exercise 5 to 6 times per week, 30 mins to one hour per session. They could feel and see the result after 1 month of therapy.
Yes, the healing process could be speeded up if we can immerge this exercise into our daily life.
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