A multifaceted approach to treating scoliosis
Southwest General’s Scoliosis Treatment Program is provided through
the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department. The program uses
a multifaceted approach to treatment that enables patients to take charge
of their scoliosis.
A Team Approach to Individualized Care
Scoliosis treatment is provided by a special team of physical therapists
and physical therapist assistants with years of experience in spine, orthopedic
and pediatric treatments. Additionally, team members have been trained
in a three-dimensional approach to treatment based on the Schroth Method,
which has been used successfully in Europe.
Treatment Individually Tailored to Each Patient’s Needs
After an initial evaluation of the patient, a trained scoliosis therapist
will develop an individualized plan of care. The recommended treatment,
based on the outcome of this evaluation process, will focus on correcting
the patient's posture based on the degree of the patient’s spinal
curvature, corrective breathing and muscle strengthening.
Specific treatment techniques include:
A gentle technique that lengthens the connective tissue between the skin,
muscles, bones, and blood vessels. With scoliosis, the respiratory diaphragm
is often restricted along with the ribs and spine. By releasing the constriction,
breathing capacity can be increased and postural alignment changed.
The application of elastic tape to help patients perform a specific motion,
stop an unwanted movement, or maintain a postural correction.
Use of a small, non-invasive device that gives the patient auditory or
visual feedback about active muscle movement.
Techniques focusing on soft tissue and joint mobility that help to prepare
the surrounding muscles, tendons, tissue and joints for postural changes
Benefits of Scoliosis Treatment
For many residents in the Greater Cleveland area, Southwest General’s
Scoliosis Treatment Program has resulted in:
- Reduced pain
- Improved cardiopulmonary function
- Improved physical appearance and self image
- Correction of scoliosis posture
- Stabilization of corrected posture
- Improved balance
A prescription from a physician requesting “Physical Therapy Evaluate
and Treat for Scoliosis” is required to take part in the Scoliosis
program. An X-ray assessment of the entire spine is often ordered by the
physician and is helpful to the therapist. Most major insurance providers
cover Scoliosis treatment.
We Look Forward to Helping You
The Scoliosis Treatment Program is provided at LifeWorks of Southwest General,
a fitness facility that offers free, surface-level parking and other family-friendly
services including fitness memberships and childcare. It is located at:
7390 Old Oak Blvd.
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
To learn more about the Scoliosis Treatment Program at Southwest General,
or to schedule an appointment, call