Here in the United States, scoliosis is usually thought to have three treatment options: watch and wait, full-time spinal bracing, or spinal fusion surgery.
Patients often want to avoid spinal bracing and back surgery. Researchers have been looking for additional treatment options. The treatment option with the best evidence to support it is the Schroth Method. The Schroth Method offers real help for scoliosis.
History of the Schroth Method
Katharina Schroth developed the method in an effort to treat her own scoliosis. Her ideas worked so well, she opened the Katharina Schroth Klinik in 1921 as an inpatient hospital. Originally, it was a rather rustic setting and most of the exercises were performed outside.
Patients got better, much better. The reputation of the clinic grew and soon patients were coming from all over Europe.
Later, Katharina’s daughter began working at the clinic. Christa Lehnert-Schroth became a licensed physical therapist and took over running the clinic when her mother passed away. Christa’s son, Dr. Hans Weiss, became an orthopedic surgeon and also ran the clinic for years.
In Europe, the Schroth Method has become very popular for treating scoliosis. It is often effective in preventing spinal bracing and spinal fusion surgery. Over the last ten years, the Schroth Method has become much more widely accepted in the United States. There are now dozens of Schroth-based physical therapy programs in hospitals and outpatient physical therapy clinics across the country.
Today at the Katharina Schroth Klinik in Germany, scoliosis patients check into the hospital and get physical therapy five to six hours a day, five days a week for several weeks. After about 100 hours of treatment, patients often see remarkable improvements in appearance, vital capacity and decreased Cobb angle.
Our therapist was trained and certified in the Schroth Method at the Katharina Schroth clinic in Germany. Our programs are provided in an out-patient setting in Orange, California
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