Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis AIS is scoliosis of “unknown cause” and affects children ages 10-18 years, girls more often than boys. AIS probably results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Studies suggest that the abnormal spinal curvature may be related to hormonal problems, abnormal bone or muscle growth, nervous system abnormalities, or other factors that have not been identified.
Treatment options can be confusing and the information on the internet is scary. As a parent myself, I understand that we all want what is best for our children. How do we decide between the difficult treatment options available?
1) Wait, Do Nothing And See What Happens
2) Wear A Brace For 18-23 Hours A Day
Parents often feel frustrated and the adolescent feels they have no control over their spine.
However, the Schroth Method is a conservative physical therapy treatment specifically for individuals with scoliosis. The exercises allow individuals with scoliosis to feel in control, they can do something to help their curve. Schroth exercises can be done in conjunction with bracing and can be beneficial before and after surgery. an be done at almost any stage of scoliosis.