Re: Article on Schroth in New York Times
This is really good news! The more doctors and qualified researchers devote their time to creating good studies, hopefully Schroth will be taken much more seriously by medics in the future and it will be seen as a suitable treatment to try for those with moderate curves or who are on the cusp of surgery. I'm glad that other nonsurgical treatments such as the work done by SEAS and side-shifting too, though I had it direct from Min Mehta that side-shift alone will not permanently correct a surgical-sized curve. I'd like to see more work done on torso rotation too.
We desperately need more doctors and medical facilities to take all this seriously, as there are only a few individual, officially Schroth qualified physiotherapists in the UK and as such official Schroth therapy can be hard to access, and they are mostly working as individuals within their own tiny private physio practices.
It is actually a myth that Schroth has long been a standard treatment for scoliosis in European countries. Schroth is available if you know to track it down, but again it can be hard to access. There are 3-4 clinics in Germany but even there, the country in which it was devised, it is seen by the medical establishment as very much a "fringe" treatment. Aggressive bracing is much more of a standard treatment there.
Anyway, this is fascinating stuff - thanks for posting it!
37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.