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February 28, 2014

Corrective Exercises in Multimodality Therapy of Idiopathic Scoliosis in Children

Therapeutic exercises are the one of the basic principles of idiopathic scoliosis conservative treatment. Further progression of the disease process among these patients leads to three dimensional abnormalities of a trunk, respiratory abnormalities and postural muscle imbalance [1]. This demands a precise approach for corrective therapeutic exercises to be applied. The concept of therapeutic exercises based on three dimensional spine correction preserving postural balance with application of special breathing exercises were first elaborated by Christa Lehnert-Schroth, Germany [3] and Hans-Rudolf Weiss, Germany [4].


February 28, 2014

Stereotactic Cervical Alignment Methods (SCALE)

Resolution of Cervical Complications Secondary to Motor Vehicle Accidents by the Application of Stereotactic Cervical Alignment (SCALE) Methods: Statistical Review of 54 Patients


February 28, 2014

Scoliosis: discs and vertebrae. Cobb angle: Friend or foe?

From 7th International Conference on Conservative Management of Spinal Deformities
Montreal, Canada. 20-22 May 2010

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February 28, 2014

Can Sports be making my scoliosis worse?

Should I continue with Sports if I have Scoliosis? The answer depends upon the type of sport you are involved with and the magnitude of your curvature. Published studies have reported and increased incidence of scoliosis among ballet dancers and Rhythmic gymnasts.  However, there was no causal relationship reported, only an increased incidence, which may be coincidental.  It is our opinion that any sport can be detrimental if it is done for in an extreme way. For instance, ballet dancing one or two hours per week would most likely not be an issue, however, ballet dancing 5 hours a day for 5 days a week may aggrevate your curvature and increase the progressive nature of the scoliosis. Our best recommendation is to ask your doctor and to use common sense when making decisions about sports or dance.

February 28, 2014

Efficacy of scoliosis-specific spinal rehabilitation after Schroth

[Article in German]

Weiss HR.

Arzt für Orthopädie, Chirotherapie u. Physikalische Therapie Katharina-Schroth-Klinik, Sobernheim.


The prospective study reported here was instituted in 1987 to obtain more detailed data on the efficacy of scoliosis-specific spinal rehabilitation after Schroth. Inclusion criteria were 1) idiopathic scoliosis, 2) Risser stage < 4, 3) no treatment with corset or electrical stimulation, 4) first examination between 1 and 3 years postoperatively, 5) usable total X-rays taken with the patient standing not more than 6 months prior to admission. A total of 181 scoliosis patients with an average age of 12.76 years and an average Cobb angle of 27 degrees were included in the study. The average Risser’s sign was 1.4 and the average follow-up period was 33 months. No cases of relative progression (annual increase in curvature of 5 degrees or more) were observed. For the purpose of comparison with the spontaneous course, the patients were grouped by age and severity of scoliosis. Both the absence of any relative progression as well as direct comparison of the development of scoliosis under therapy with the spontaneous course confirmed the efficacy of the stationary rehabilitation programme notably in cases with poor prognosis, i.e. with large scoliosis angles and unfavourable curvatures.