What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty; the curve is in the form of a “C” or “S” curve. While scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the cause of most scoliosis is unknown. About 3% of adolescents have scoliosis.

Most cases of scoliosis are mild, but some spine deformities continue to get more severe as children grow. Severe scoliosis can be disabling. An especially severe spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest, making it difficult for the lungs and vital organs to function properly.

Children who have mild scoliosis are monitored closely, usually with X-rays, to see if the curve is getting worse. In most cases, physical therapy can help decrease scoliosis curves. Some children will need to wear a brace to stop the curve from worsening during their course of physical therapy. Other cases may need surgery to keep the scoliosis from worsening and to straighten severe cases of scoliosis. The Schroth Method of Scoliosis Treatment has been found to be most effective at decreasing curve progression and reducing curvature to avoid surgery.


Signs and symptoms of scoliosis may include:

  • Uneven shoulders
  • One shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other
  • Uneven waist
  • One hip higher than the other

If a scoliosis curve gets worse, the spine will also rotate or twist, in addition to curving side to side. This causes the ribs on one side of the body to stick out farther than on the other side. The Schroth Method of Scoliosis Treatment looks at the spine in 3D using active and passive techniques to derotate the spine, thereby reducing the curvature.

The Schroth Method

Richmond Physical Therapy offers 3D treatments of scoliosis using the Schroth Method (a non-invasive physical therapy treatment that focuses on elongating and derotating the scoliotic or kyphotic spine, in an effort to stop/slow curve progression and prevent further spinal deformity).

Our treatment using the Schroth Method includes the following:

  • A Schroth-Barcelona Institute C1 Certified Physical Therapist
  • Posture specific evaluation and treatment
  • Scoliosis and Kyphosis speciality
  • One on one personal care

Conditions that the Schroth Method treats include the following:

  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Poor posture
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Bulging and herniated discs
  • Spinal decompression traction

For more information, contact our physical therapist today at Staten Island, NY.