What is the Schroth Method?

The Schroth Method is a physical therapy approach to treat scoliosis with scoliosis-specific exercises, uniquely tailored to each person’s spinal curve. The goal is to correct scoliotic posture in order to reduce risk of future curve progression. We focus on education and using corrective breathing techniques, stretching, strengthening, and postural correction.

How many sessions of Schroth physical therapy do I need?

Typically, once a week for 8-10 sessions to start. If you are under 18 years of age, we follow you throughout your scoliosis journey with periodic check-ins.

Will I need to do exercises at home?

Yes, you will be given a home exercise program to work on, with the expectation of doing 20 minutes of exercises five times a week.

Do I need a back brace? For how long would I have to wear it?

If you are under 18 years of age and still growing, your orthopedist will know when a brace is necessary. Bracing depends on your age and the degree of your curve. Our scoliosis clinic team will work with you to find the type of brace that is most suited for your curve. Wear-time could range from 12 to 22 hours per day. You will typically wear the brace for as long as you are growing; once your growth slows down, the hours per day in the brace will decrease.

If you are skeletally mature or an adult, bracing options are available that address core stability, back pain, and postural endurance. Most often, we do not recommend spinal bracing for adults with scoliosis. In certain instances, such as a large curve, significant pain with activities of daily living, or difficulty to stand or walk for functional periods of time, your therapist might recommend a brace for up to four hours per day. Some people can benefit from prefabricated braces that can be ordered online. Occasionally a patient will benefit from a custom-fabricated brace.

I am an adult; will my curve improve?

As an adult, your bones have stopped growing so there is no opportunity for remodeling of your bones. However, most patients notice a significant change in their posture, body awareness, and strength. As a result, they see a decrease in discomfort along with improved balance and endurance.

Do I need to see a doctor at Emerson Hospital for a physical therapy referral?

No, you may bring a referral from an outside doctor.

Do I need to get a spine x-ray before starting physical therapy?

No, you may start therapy without an x-ray. So that exercises are more specifically tailored to your spine, your therapist might recommend getting an x-ray to help with treatment or to address findings during your assessment that are of concern.

What insurances does Emerson Health take?

We take most major insurances. We recommend you that call your insurance company to see if Emerson is an in-network provider for you.