Scoliosis Treatment

At Advanced Holistic Center in New York City’s financial district, Dr. Elena Vaynshtok, DPT, specializes in a unique, conservative approach to treating scoliosis in both children and adults using the Schroth physical therapy method. This non-invasive strategy is designed to manage scoliosis effectively without the need for surgical intervention.

Understanding Scoliosis

Scoliosis is characterized by a lateral, or sideways, curvature of the spine, typically identified during childhood. Pediatricians often screen for this condition during annual checkups by performing a visual evaluation while the child bends forward. This curvature usually develops gradually, making early diagnosis uncommon. During periods of rapid growth, such as adolescence, the condition can worsen quickly.

Causes of Scoliosis

In many cases, scoliosis does not have a clear underlying cause. However, it can sometimes be associated with conditions like cerebral palsy, spina bifida, or muscular dystrophy, indicating a possible congenital link. There is also some evidence to suggest a genetic component in non-congenital cases.

Symptoms and Pain Associated with Scoliosis

While scoliosis might not be painful initially, as the condition progresses, it can lead to significant discomfort. The curvature can strain the spine’s muscles, discs, and nerves, potentially causing pain. It can also lead to visible physical changes such as uneven shoulders, hips, ribcage, or pelvis. In severe cases, the spinal twist might even impair breathing.

Treatment Options for Scoliosis

Treatment for scoliosis depends on the severity and progression of the spinal curvature. Mild cases might not require immediate intervention beyond regular monitoring. For more significant curvatures, especially those that are actively worsening, treatment options include:

 

  • Bracing: Often recommended for growing children, bracing involves wearing a brace for up to 23 hours a day to halt progression or correct the curvature.
  • Physical Therapy: Methods like the Schroth method employed by Dr. Vaynshtok focus on specific exercises tailored to straighten, strengthen, and stabilize the spine. This approach not only helps in managing the physical aspects of scoliosis but also aims to prevent further deterioration and enhance overall quality of life.

The Schroth Method

The Schroth method is a specialized form of physical therapy that uses exercises tailored to each patient’s unique spinal curvature. These exercises aim to de-rotate, elongate, and stabilize the spine in a three-dimensional plane. This targeted approach can lead to improved posture, reduced pain, and potentially a decrease in the degree of spinal curvature.

 

By focusing on a conservative treatment plan, Dr. Vaynshtok provides a viable alternative to more invasive treatments, offering hope and improved functionality to those suffering from scoliosis. For those in New York City and beyond seeking non-surgical options, the Schroth method at Advanced Holistic Center represents a proactive approach to managing this complex condition.

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