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Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – BSPTS – based on classical Schroth principles: short term effects on back asymmetry in idiopathic scoliosis


Previous results have shown the specificity of Schroth exercises (according to BSPTS protocol) but in a series including patients under bracing [14].


To investigate the short term effects of an intensive program of exercises on back asymmetry in idiopathic scoliosis with no other treatment.

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Retrospective, including 47 patients with IS treated exclusively with exercises. Mean age 18.64 ± 5.78 years. Outpatient Intensive Rehabilitation was carried out, three hours a day, five days a week, 4 weeks. Surface topography (Formetric) was performed to measure trunk imbalance, surface rotation and lateral deviation before and after the treatment period. The obtained pre- and post-treatment values were then compared.


The mean trunk imbalance prior to and after the treatment was 10.16 mm and 8.53 mm respectively (p<0.05). The pre-treatment mean value of the lateral deviation (rms) was 13.92 mm, compared to the post-treatment one of 11.96 mm (p<0.05) and of the lateral deviation (max) was 25.6 mm and 21.42 mm respectively (p<0.05). The mean initial value of the surface rotation (rms) was 6.88 degrees, reaching 6.52 degrees at the end of the treatment (p<0.05) and of the surface rotation (max) 13.22 degrees and 11.88 degrees respectively (p<0.05).


Current results suggest that exercises according to Schroth principles, following BSPTS protocol, are able to improve back asymmetry, spinal imbalance in the frontal plane and virtual spinal geometry in a short term, confirming specificity in its mechanics of action.


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Jelačić, M., Villagrasa, M., Pou, E. et al. Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – BSPTS – based on classical Schroth principles: short term effects on back asymmetry in idiopathic scoliosis. Scoliosis 7 (Suppl 1), O57 (2012).

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