1. What is Scoliosis?

  • A curve which have a cobb angle of more than 10 degree, with scoliometer more than 4 degree.
  • Cobb angle is used to measure side to side curvature of scoliosis. It is used to assess the curve severity.
  • Based on the cobb angle measurements and throughout assessment, scoliosis specialist can make a decision about treatment.

2. How can I detect scoliosis in my children?

  • With the shirt off, observe from behind and front: any uneven shoulder, ribs humps, lumbar prominence, pelvic alignment and etc.
  • Adam Bend test: Close both feet together with both hand holding, rounded both shoulder and bend forwards, observe any uneven ribs humps and lumbar area

3. What Should I do when I suspect my child has scoliosis?

  • Orthopaedic doctor who specialist in scoliosis
  • Schroth Therapist
These are the Treatment Options:
  1. Observation– for children 10- 20 degree
  2. Physiotherapeutic scoliosis –specific exercises (PSSE) – during observation period, in conjunction with bracing, preparation for surgery or after surgery
  3. Bracing – 20-45 degree
  4. Surgery– for growing children more than 50 degree

4. Can scoliosis Patients do sports?

  • Some sports have shown to have a higher prevalence of scoliosis, but research hasn’t proven any causal relationship between any of sports. 
  • Kindly consult with Orthopaedic doctor who specialist in scoliosis or Schroth therapist for further advise.  Maintain a good conscious posture taught during daily activities is essential to reduce or at least decelerate progression by reducing the asymmetric loading on the spine.

5. What is Schroth Method for scoliosis patient?

  • Thorough assessment and consultation to identify risk of progression of your scoliosis curve
  • There are evidence- based scoliosis specific exercises taught and guided by certified Schroth therapist.
  • We are focusing on Active auto-correction in 3D within structural limitations, stabilization of the posture, and training in activities of daily living.

Schroth Exercise in side lying

Schroth exercise in Prone lying

Basic tension and Elongation Exercise in sitting

Conscious posture in Standing

Article by TEH ZI YING
Schroth therapist and physiotherapist from Your Physio Ampang

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