Schroth Method for Scoliosis Treatment in Montvale, NJ
The Schroth method is a non-surgical physical therapy procedure that is used for the treatment of scoliosis. It is based on exercise according to the spine curvature of each patient which is suitable for all age groups. The goal of this method is to de-rotate, lengthen, and destabilize the spine. Physical therapists from our health care team help with restoring posture alignment. If you want to avoid surgery and get long-lasting results, you can manage your scoliosis according to the Schroth method’s guidelines. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are located at 32 Philips Parkway, Montvale, NJ 07645.
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The Schroth Method is a form of physical therapy that was developed by Katrina Schroth in Germany in the 1900s which focuses on the spine from a 3-dimensional aspect addressing all directions of the spinal curves and twists associated with scoliosis rather than just the side-to-side curve. For those with spinal disorders or scoliosis, it is one of the most effective non-surgical treatments available.
It is a very specialized type of Physical Therapy that only those physical therapists who are specifically trained by one of the seven approved schools of the International Society of Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Treatment (SOSORT) can perform.
Dr. James Gamrat, PT, DPT, BSPTS L1, completed intensive training through the Schroth Barcelona Institute (SBI) based in the United States to become BSPTS L1 Trained Therapist. Through this training, he can specifically identify different types and stages of scoliosis to correctly prescribe the appropriate PSSE including, stretching and strengthening activities based on age, pain, skeletal maturity and specific spinal curvature.
The BSPTS Rigo Concept, an evolution of the original Schroth concepts, integrates the techniques of Dr. Manuel Rigo, MD and other approved international schools designed to slow or stop scoliosis curve progression of cobb angle and excessive rotation while improving quality of life. PSSE (The Physio-therapeutic Scoliosis Specific Exercise) is a non-invasive treatment option that includes low-impact exercises for those suffering from spinal disorders or scoliosis. The specific exercises that are used during treatments are recommended based on the spinal curve pattern of each unique patient to return the spine to a more natural position by de-rotating, stabilizing, and elongating the spine.
The goals include overall improvement of the postural alignment, postural correction and pain reduction. This is done by improving the neuromuscular control through strengthening the surrounding muscles to stabilize the spinal curve and the mobility of the ribcage. The treatment goals will be to teach the patient to use the corrective postures and exercises actively and passively throughout their daily life such as while sleeping, sitting, gardening, cleaning, and any other specific activities that are an issue. Scoliosis treatment is a long-term commitment and requires patients to be willing to integrate what they learn into their daily life to ensure that once goals are originally met, they continue to be met long-term.
For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We offer this specialized treatment in our convenient location in Montvale, NJ
If you have any questions regarding your insurance coverage, please contact our Montvale office directly and we will be able to verify your benefits to get the accurate information regarding your coverage. If for any reason you do not have coverage under your insurance plan or have a deductible to meet, we will work with you to make treatment affordable.
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Currently, there is no permanent fix for scoliosis and many other spinal disorders, even with surgical options available, the results are not always long-term. The Scroth method is a series of exercises that are designed to correct the unique curves present in all patients to improve overall posture, comfort, and quality of life daily.
The Scroth Method for Scoliosis consists of a series of exercises that work as a non-invasive treatment option for those suffering from scoliosis and other spinal disorders. The specific exercises that are used during the Scroth Method are recommended based on the unique spinal curve pattern of each patient to return the spine to a more natural position by de-rotating, stabilizing, and elongating the spine along a 3-dimensional plane. This means that the Scroth Method exercises are customized to each individual, so every treatment may appear different when compared to others, and some exercises that work for one patient may not be beneficial for another. This is one of the most effective non-surgical treatment options for those with scoliosis or other spinal disorders, making it a great option as even the surgical options do not prove to be the best option for many patients.
The majority of patients suffering from scoliosis will be recommended that they integrate their designated Scroth exercises into their daily routine, whether they are the full treatment session which is typically required at the beginning of treatment, or as the continued activities that are recommended to be done at home. The daily at-home exercises will likely require a lifetime commitment to maintaining the desired results long-term. Each individual will receive a customized exercise plan that is curated depending on their specific curve type and physical capabilities. The specialist will provide specific active and passive ways to integrate the corrective posture and movements into the patient’s daily activities, such as while sleeping, sitting, gardening, cleaning, and essentially all aspects of daily life. The frequency with which patients will need to do their designated exercises depends on the severity of their condition.
There are quite a few goals that are involved in the Scroth method for scoliosis and other spinal disorders, all of which contribute to the overall increased comfort of the patient and ability to function normally day to day. The specific goals include general but significant pain reduction, overall improvement of the postural alignment, and postural correction. This is done by strengthening the surrounding muscles to stabilize the spinal curve, mobility of the ribcage, and improving neuromuscular control. The goals of the initial treatment will be to teach the patient to actively and passively integrate the exercises and corrective postures throughout all of the activities involved in their daily life. Once all of these goals have been met, patients will also notice a significant improvement in their respiratory function. The Scroth method is a long-term commitment and requires patients to be willing to integrate what they learn into their daily life to ensure that even once goals are originally met, they continue to be met long-term.
Most patients will require several training sessions of the Scroth method to have a customized exercise regimen and daily activity implementation that they can continue long-term. Adults will only need 4 to 5 sessions total, whereas adolescents will likely need closer to 20 sessions total of Scroth method treatments. The average cost per session is around $140 in the United States, but many healthcare centers and spinal specialists will be able to offer package deals or specified programs involving several sessions at a discounted rate. The Scroth method is often categorized under physical therapy, meaning most of the major health insurance providers will offer at least partial coverage for treatment. It is highly recommended that patients reach out to their health insurance provider to inquire regarding coverage for the Scroth method, as well as check with the Scroth method specialist to ensure that the specific insurance company is. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you. We serve patients from Montvale NJ, Closter NJ, Hackensack NJ, Woodcliff Lake NJ, Alpine NJ, Westwood NJ, Hillsdale NJ, Englewood NJ, Dumont NJ, and surrounding areas.
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