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The Role of the Schroth Method in the Conservative Management of Idiopathic Scoliosis

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Date Published

July 10, 2018


Ohio Physical Therapy Association


Physical Therapy, Schroth Method


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This course will discuss the conservative management of idiopathic scoliosis, with a focus on the role of physiotherapeutic specific exercises using the Schroth Method. Developed in Germany in the 1920’s, the Schroth method has helped many individuals conservatively manage their idiopathic scoliosis. Recently, several randomized controlled trials have demonstrated its role in slowing curve progression, improving symmetry, decreasing pain, and improving self-image. In 2011, the International Scientific Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) published guidelines recommending physiotherapeutic specific exercises as the first step to treat idiopathic scoliosis to prevent/limit progression of the deformity and bracing. This course will provide an overview of the relevant literature and discuss how physical therapists can best serve their patients with scoliosis.

Learning Objectives:
- Participants will review screening tools for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
- Participants will identify appropriate candidates for Schroth therapy.
- Participants will apply relevant and ongoing research regarding the use of Schroth therapy for the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis.
- Participants will comprehend the three dimensional nature of scoliosis, as well as the need for three dimensional postural corrections.
- Participants will recognize the complementary nature of rigid bracing and three dimensional postural corrections in the treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
- Participants will identify providers of Schroth therapy in their area.

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Nicole Zetzer, PT, DPT

C1 Schroth Certified TherapistNicole Zetzer is currently a physical therapist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Therapy... Read More

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

The Role of the Schroth Method in the Conservative Management of Idiopathic Scoliosis - Video
The Role of the Schroth Method in the Conservative Management of Idiopathic Scoliosis - Handout
2016 SOSORT Guidelines
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