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Katharina Schroth Method for treatment of post-polio scoliosis in an adult

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To describe improved health related quality of life in a sixty five-year-old female with post polio left thoracic scoliosis (Cobb angle eighty-five degrees), in response to treatment under the guidance of Christa Lehnert-Schroth physiotherapist, Manuel Rigo MD and Hans-Rudolf Weiss MD.

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Adult case report. At age twelve years, the patient wore a Milwaukee Brace for two years. At age nineteen years, spinal fusion surgery was performed T10–T12. Onset of debilitating pain occurred following menopause.


Unsuccessful efforts to relieve pain included treatment from several orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, and the use of yoga, Alexanders, and myofascial release. The Three Dimensional Therapy for Scoliosis by the Katharina Schroth method, iincludes correcting improper movements with therapeutic exercises, orthopedic breathing and re-education of the neuromuscular system [1, 2].


After four weeks the patient was able to recognize abnormal movements that were contributing to early retirement and disability.


Through the daily practice of this therapeutic method the patient has become pain free and her fears of increased disability have been reduced.


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    Otman S, Kose N, Yakut Y: The efficacy of Schroth's 3-dimensional exercise therapy in the treatment of AIS in Turkey. Saudi Medical Journal. 2005, 26: 1429-1435.

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    Weiss HR: The effect of an exercise programme on VC and rib mobility in patients with IS. Spine. 1991, 16: 88-93. 10.1097/00007632-199101000-00016.

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Correspondence to Beatriz Torres.

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Torres, B. Katharina Schroth Method for treatment of post-polio scoliosis in an adult. Scoliosis 2, P13 (2007).

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  • Health Related Quality
  • Related Quality
  • Cobb Angle
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Physical Therapist