Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is a three-dimensional curvature of the spine that typically onsets between the ages of 11 and 14 years old, or as a child is entering puberty. Parents, caregivers, dance teachers or coaches may be the first to notice scoliosis by noting asymmetry of the shoulders, waist or pelvis, or a prominence on one side of the rib cage or lower back in a forward bent position.
In physical therapy we help manage scoliosis by teaching specific exercises (Schroth Method) to improve spinal elongation, posture, strength, and respiration, and to reduce pain if present. We also work with your orthotist if bracing is appropriate and can refer for x-rays if we suspect the scoliosis is progressing. The primary goal of treatment is to prevent progression of the curve and avoid fusion surgery.
Schedule a free scoliosis screen if you aren’t sure if your pre-teen or teenager has scoliosis, or if you are aware of the diagnosis but are curious if there is anything additional that can be helpful to manage it.
If you know your teen has scoliosis and would like to initiate specific physical therapy management rather than a “wait and see” approach, call 414-288-1400 to schedule a PT evaluation.