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Schroth Physical Therapy

Related to departments: Spine Center

The Schroth Method is an innovative form of physical therapy that can improve your child’s spinal deformity without surgery. Used in combination with bracing, it is typically used with growing children and adolescents.

The physical therapists of our Spine Center are among just a few in the state who are specially trained in this method. If your child’s spinal deformity can benefit from this treatment, our physical therapists will develop a customized plan for your child. The exercises usually take 30 minutes a day.

The exercises used in the Schroth Method help the curved spine return to a more natural position by focusing on core strengthening. Used combination with bracing, Schroth physical therapy can help improve the brace’s effectiveness in stopping or slowing your child’s curve progression to prevent further spinal deformity. 

The Schroth Method works by strengthening weak muscles in the back to help achieve greater muscular symmetry. It also emphasizes a special breathing technique that helps to rotate the spine and reshape the rib cage and surrounding soft tissue. Schroth physical therapy will also help your child become more aware of their posture, so they can change positions to reduce the spine’s curvature.

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Kenneth Bono, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Lorena Floccari, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon; Research Director, Spine Center

Todd Ritzman, MD, FAAOS, FAOA

Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery; Director, Spine Center; Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

William Schrader, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon