- 14.75 year-old female
- Initial Cobb angle(s) 17º/34º
- Risser 3
Prior to becoming our patient, this female adolescent wore a Boston brace prescribed by her orthopedic surgeon. Records sent to our office on this patient included a note from her surgeon to the referring pediatrician stating that despite bracing, progression was “guaranteed” and this patient would probably require surgery. When the girl’s mother asked that same surgeon about Schroth Method exercises, he told her it was “a waste of money.”
Eventually, her parents decided to ‘waste their money’ and brought their daughter to Scoliosis 3DC® so she could have every opportunity for improvement. The patient completed instruction over the course of 4 weeks. She practiced her Schroth exercises at home and wore her Boston Brace 18 hours per day (the Gensingen Brace® was not available in the US at that time).
Once this patient learned Schroth, she improved dramatically. When the surgeon saw the x-ray a few months later showing such a substantial reduction in scoliosis he told her mother that results like these were “unheard of” and he’d never seen anything like it in all his years of treating. He then proceeded to deny that the Schroth method may have contributed to her incredible improvement despite the fact that her Cobb angles reduced to 19° thoracic and 21° lumbar after 8 months of Schroth method exercises.