When treating our patients with spinal curvatures such as scoliosis and kyphosis (Scheuermann's disease or round back), we design a therapeutic program based on the Schroth Method from the Barcelona Scoliosis Physiotherapy School (BSPTS). The Schroth™ Method was originally developed in Germany in the 1920s by world pioneer in scoliosis treatment, Katharina Schroth. The Schroth Method as taught by the BSPTS has been recognized by the Scoliosis Research Society as a viable conservative approach (one of seven PSSE schools) to the treatment of spinal deformities.
The muscle and postural imbalances that are typically seen in patients with either scoliosis or kyphosis can create uneven forces in the spine, and potentially contribute to the aggravation of the curve. Temporarily correcting these imbalances using scoliosis specific exercises can improve posture and help prevent curve progression.
Specialized Treatment using the Schroth Method
David Feldman, MD, discusses the Schroth Method during Scoliosis Awareness month.
For the treatment of patients who are not in the surgical range, we utilize elongation exercises specific to the curve, opening of the concavities or collapsed areas by muscular transverse forces, targeted breathing into the concavities, active and passive corrections of the postural asymmetries, trunk stabilization in the corrected position, and home program education.
The program is recommended for both adolescents and adults with idiopathic scoliosis. Adults with de novo degenerative scoliosis can experience reduced associated back pain and improved trunk stability.
Patients who have undergone spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis can be treated after healing is complete post-surgery. The specific exercises will address the trunk imbalances above and below the fusion, maximizing symmetrical forces in the spine after the fusion.
For patients in need of bracing, we can make recommendations for orthotists who specialize in scoliosis bracing following Rigo-Chenêau bracing principles. The Rigo System Chenêau brace is specifically designed to work well with the Schroth-based exercises in patients who are skeletally immature. For more information about scoliosis bracing you may visit: www.align-clinic.com.
Physiotherapy Scoliosis Specific Exercises (PSSE)
Physiotherapy Scoliosis Specific Exercises: A Comprehensive Review of Seven Major Schools. Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders. June 2016.Rigo-Cheneau Brace information:
The effect of Schroth exercises added to the standard of care on the quality of life and muscle endurance in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis-an assessor and statistician blinded randomized controlled trial: "SOSORT 2015 Award Winner". September 2015.
Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Statement on Physiotherapy. By M. Timothy Hresko, MD. May 2014.
Physical Therapy for Adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis. Physical Therapy Perspectives in the 21st Century - Challenges and Possibilities. Refer to page 12 for Barcelona Scoliosis Physiotherapy School.
Straight Talk with the Curvy Girls. By Terry Mulvaney and Robin Stoltz.
New York Times article featuring Schroth physical therapy. Hope for an S-Shaped Back. By Rachel Rabkin Peachman. March 2014.
Philadelphia Inquirer article sharing a patient's experience with Schroth physical therapy. Beyond Braces for Scoliosis Patients. By Melissa Dribben.
International Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitative Treatment (SOSORT): founded in January 2004 by a group of physicians (from Europe and Asia) who are interested in studying the efficacy of various methods of conservative treatment. Dr. Manuel Rigo was the first president.
Paying for services
We are an out-of-network provider for most insurance companies with “out-of-network benefits and physical therapy coverage.” We accept traditional Medicare as primary insurance as well. When you call our clinic to schedule, our billing office will contact your insurance company to verify your coverage and then explain your benefits to you.
Many of our patients opt to pay for the Schroth-based treatment privately without billing the insurance. Some of the reasons these patients choose private pay include:
In this case, a discounted physical therapy rate is applied for paying at the time of service. We provide these patients with a receipt containing the required information for insurance reimbursement. The patient will then submit any paperwork to obtain reimbursement from the insurance company. The patient pays us directly, and we will not bill the insurance.
Following the evaluation, you may schedule your sessions at the frequency and duration that better matches your specific case:
If you live locally you may attend 1-2 hour sessions 2-3 days per week for 20-26 sessions.
If you are driving a distance or visiting from out of town you may schedule for extended 3-4 hour sessions, for 10-15 days.