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Schroth Method: A Conservative Treatment for Children with Scoliosis

Is your child complaining of back pain, rib pain, or an inability to stand up straight? Have you noticed a slight curve to their spine, or that one of their hips or shoulders seems higher than the other? If so, your child may have developed scoliosis.

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Al Flores, PT, CFCE Director of Rehab

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

Schroth Method: A Conservative Treatment for Children with Scoliosis

COME IN FOR A TUNE-UP! Ifyouareclosetoorhavealreadymetyour insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for Physical Therapy!Areyoufeelingachesandpains? Need to work on your core? Let us help you get a head start for 2020. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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Scoliosis is a fairly common condition in children, typically around the age they begin puberty, that results in a curvature of the spine. In severe cases, you may notice your child’s ribs to stick out on one side or they may experience a difficulty with breathing, as the ribs press against the lungs. Fortunately, at the Physical Therapy Institute of Illinois, we implement a conservative alternative treatment for children with scoliosis: the Schroth method. If your child has developed scoliosis, or you think your child may be displaying symptoms of scoliosis, contact our office today. We’ll discuss how the Schroth method will benefit your child so he or she can get back to living life comfortably! What is the Schroth method? The Schroth method is a specific type of therapeutic exercise that targets scoliosis and works to improve the condition before it worsens. As children grow, their spines are still flexible, making it easier to treat the abnormal curves that scoliosis brings to their spines.

At the Physical Therapy Institute of Illinois, we treat children with scoliosis by using the Schroth method, as a way to prevent further curve progression and relieve tension in the back and ribs by gradually straightening out the spine. The Schroth method is not a “one size fits all” treatment; rather, it is personalized for each individual patient. Our treatments take into account your child’s age, medical history, and the severity of his or her scoliosis. From there, the necessary exercises are designed to treat your child’s specific needs. There are two phases of the Schroth method. The first focuses on positioning the body while the second focuses on activation.

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Phase 1: In the first phase, one of our experienced physical therapists will work with you and your child to explain exactly how his or her postural alignment should look.This involves proper foot alignment, weight bearing angles of the body, kinetic chain alignment, and more. Your child’s physical therapist will provide education on techniques and tips for strengthening the affected area(s) of the body, and may bring in additional equipment to assist with this phase, such as a ladder wall or rice bags. The goal of this phase is to help in positioning the torso in the correct ways, so your child can understand what proper alignment feels like. Phase 2: The second phase works to activate the techniques learned in the first phase. This helps build up muscle endurance so the affected area(s) of the body can strengthen and improve. Your child’s physical therapist will focus on active elongation of the spine by prescribing targeted exercises and stretches, and by conducting manual methods, such as traction. This will all work toward stretching the body upward to lengthen the areas around the spine in need of improvement. If your child’s ribs are affected by scoliosis, treatments will also focus on active rotations, in order to decrease pressure on the rib cage and help it lie flat. Active diaphragmatic breathing techniques are also important in this

phase, as they can help to expand parts of the spine that have concaved and assist in de-rotation.This helps stabilize abdominal and trunk muscles, and helps prevent areas from curving outward. Get your child started on the Schroth method today! According to the Schroth method website, the benefits of this treatment are three-fold: 1. It reduces pain. Our highly experienced and dedicated physical therapists at the Physical Therapy Institute of Illinois can retrain your child’s body to function properly without alignment issues. With the Schroth method, your child will be able to participate in the activities he or she loves, without worrying about back pain, rib discomfort, or breathing difficulty. Don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule a consultation or learn more about our treatment plants. Get your child started on the Schroth method today, so you can both say goodbye to scoliosis! 2. It halts curve progression of the spine. 3. It increases your child’s lung capacity.

Sources: adolescent-adult-scoliosis

“I have been very limited in my range of motion from an elbow break 6 months ago. PTII has helped me get my range back and truely show they care about my health and recovery. PTII has an excellent atmosphere. I enjoy my days at Physical Therapy Institute of Illinois!“ - C.M. “PTII Helped me to get my range back!”

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An insurance deductible is the amount of money that you must pay before your insurance company pays for your medical services. If your deductible is met, your Physical Therapy may not cost you anything. Patients with family plans or those who have had major surgeries or have a chronic illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. This means that the cost of physical therapy could be minimal or completely covered by the patient’s insurance plan. If you are close to or have met your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for Physical Therapy! Are you feeling aches and pains? Need to work on your core? Let us help you get a head start for 2020. Contact us today to schedule your appointment with Physical Therapy Institute of Illinois! HAVE YOU MET YOUR ANNUAL INSURANCE DEDUCTIBLE?

Tisa Berry, PT, DPT, ATC Dr. Tisa Barry is a staff physical therapist at our Fox River Grove clinic location. She graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, with her master’s and doctoral degrees. She specializes in Movement System Impairments of the spine and extremities, Graston technique, lymphatic and wound management, performing arts rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation, pediatric therapy and women’s health therapy that encompasses urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, pre and postnatal and osteoporosis. As a collegiate athlete and triathlete, she is passionate about the overhead athlete and running analysis. Dr. Barry, dedicated to the latest research, is also a credentialed Clinical Instructor by the American Physical Therapy Association. When not treating patients, she loves spending time with her husband and two daughters cooking and hiking.


Albert E. Knuth, M.D.

Dr. Albert E. Knuth, M.D. is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in pediatric orthopaedics, limb lengthening, and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Knuth promotes conservative therapy as the first option for his patients, before ever considering surgery.

Dr. Knuth is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and the Limb Lengthening and Reconstructive Society. Dr. Knuth has been recognized for his compassion and excellence in the care of his patients. As a father of five children, and foster father to many more, he prides himself in understanding the parent child relationship and its impact on medical care. His one and only goal is to provide the finest quality of pediatric and adolescent orthopaedic care in a comfortable and caring environment. He listens to his patients and works closely with physical and occupational therapists to get the best outcomes with conservative treatment or post-operatively.

He has been practicing in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago since 1998. His special interests are pediatric fracture care, club foot, scoliosis, and limb length inequality. After completing his undergraduate education, medical school, and Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, (Go Cats!), Dr. Knuth completed his Pediatric Orthopaedic and Scoliosis Fellowship at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

Dr. Knuth enjoys spending time with his wife and five daughters. He is an avid sports fan and likes his rock ‘n’ roll music.

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