Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is an abnormal side to side curve in the spine that occurs during a late childhood or adolescent growth spurt. The spine may curve side to side in a C or S curve pattern and the bones that make up the spine twist or rotate. The most common signs are tilted or uneven shoulders or hips, an uneven waist or one leg appears longer than the other.

Scoliosis treatment is determined by the Cobb angle and Risser stage. Cobb angle is a measure of the amount of curvature of the spine and each curve present will have a different Cobb angle. Risser sign is a measure of bone maturity and is determined by an X-ray. They both provide information about the risk of the scoliosis curve progression. Previously the only options a family had was observation or “wait and see”, bracing, or surgery.

Now we have Schroth Scoliosis Specific Exercises! Why not “try and see” the difference Schroth can make.

According to SOSORT, the International Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment, curves that are greater than 11 degrees are appropriate for Schroth Scoliosis Specific Exercises. They may be performed along with bracing and/or surgery, depending on the curve severity.


Various Schroth exercises performed with wall bars