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Our frequently asked questions

What credible information is available on scoliosis?

What are the “International guidelines for scoliosis management”?


What is "scoliosis-specific exercise?"

What are the different scoliosis schools and their approaches?

What is the evidence for each school?

  • “Rehabilitation schools for scoliosis” thematic series: describing the methods and results. Scoliosis 2010, 5:27


What is the “Schroth Method”?

  • Three-dimensional treatment for scoliosis. A physiotherapeutic method to improve deformities of the spine. Palo Alto, CA, The Martindale Press 2007


How is scoliosis assessed?

What is an EOS Scan?

  • The EOS™ imaging system and its uses in daily orthopaedic practice, Int Orthop. 2012 Jul; 36(7): 1325–1331.

  • A systematic review of the clinical effectiveness of EOS 2D/3D X-ray imaging system, Eur Spine J. 2013 Feb; 22(2): 296–304.

What is involved in the assessment of scoliosis?

  • ​ Radiographic assessment, trunk deformity and back asymmetry. Physiotherapy theory and practice 2011, 27 (1):7-25. doi:10.3109/09593985.2010.503990

  • Validity and Reliability Testing of the Scoliometer® Physical Therapy, 1990; 70 (2):108–117,

How do you re - assess outcomes for scoliosis?

Other common questions


Is joint hyper-mobility linked to scoliosis?


Does postural stability differ between adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis and typically developed?

Does pregnancy increase curve progression in women with scoliosis treated without surgery?


What is the evidence for Kyphosis Specific Exercise & bracing in managing Scheuermann's ?

Effect of Intensive Rehabilitation on Pain in Patients with Scheuermann’s Disease

The Effect of Schroth Therapy on Thoracic Kyphotic Curve and Quality of Life in Scheuermann’s Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Brace treatment for patients with Scheuermann's disease - a review of the literature and first experiences with a new brace design

Kyphosis Specific Exercise in managing Scheuermann's
scoliosis exercises for children

What is the evidence for Scoliosis Specific Exercise in managing scoliosis for children & teens?

  • Physical exercises in treatment of adolescent idiopathic Scoliosis:

updated systematic review. Physiotherapy theory and practice 2011, 27 (1): 80-114


  • ​The efficacy of three-dimensional Schroth exercises in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: a randomised controlled clinical trial. Clin Rehabil. 2016 Feb;30(2):181-90.

  • The effect of Schroth exercises added to the standard of care on the quality of life and muscle endurance in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis-an assessor and statistician blinded randomized controlled trial:

"SOSORT 2015 Award Winner”

  • SEAS exercises reduce spinal deformity and improve quality of life in subjects with mild adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

Results of a randomised controlled trial, Eur Spine J. 2014 Jun;23(6):1204-14.


  • Scoliosis intensive out-patient rehabilitation based on Rigo-Concept, Studies Health Tech&Info, 135,  208-227


  • Effects of Specific Exercise Therapy on Adolescent Patients With Idiopathic Scoliosis- A Prospective Controlled Cohort Study, SPINE:

August 1, 2020 - Volume 45 - Issue 15 - p 1039-1046

  • Effect of conservative management on the prevalence of surgery in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Pediatr Rehabil 2003, 6(3-4):209-214.​​

What is the evidence for Scoliosis Specific Exercise in managing scoliosis for adults?



  • Rehabilitation in adult spinal deformity. Turk J Phys Med Rehabil. 2020 Sep; 66(3): 231–243.


Bracing for Scoliosis

What evidence exists for Physiotherapeutic exercises during bracing in children/teens?


What evidence is there for exercises during brace weaning?

  • Specific exercises performed in the period of brace weaning can avoid loss of correction in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) patients: Winner of SOSORT's 2008 Award for Best Clinical Paper Scoliosis 2009 Apr 7;4:8. doi: 10.1186/1748-7161-4-8

Is bracing effective in teens?

Is bracing effective in adults?

  • Non - specific chronic low back pain in patients with scoliosis—an overview of the literature on patients undergoing brace treatment. J Phys Ther Sci. 2019 Nov; 31(11): 960–964.

Pre & Post Rehab Evidence

Is there evidence for pre-hab in children/teens?

  • Effect of a preoperative protocol of aerobic physical therapy on the quality of life of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: a randomized clinical study. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2014 Jun; 43(6):E112-6.

Is there evidence for post-operative rehabilitation in children/teens?

  • Rehabilitation of scoliosis patients with pain after surgery. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2002;88:250-3. PMID: 1545604

Is there evidence for post-operative rehabilitation in adults?

  • The role of physical therapy and rehabilitation after lumbar fusion surgery for degenerative disease: a systematic review; J Neurosurg Spine 26:694–704, 2017

What outcomes can I expect after surgery?

  • The effect of spinal fusion on the long-term outcome of idiopathic scoliosis.

  • What are the timeframes for return to school and sport after surgery?


Our projects

  • Prowse A, Aslaksen B, Kierkegaard M, Furness J, Gerdhem P, Abbott A. Reliability & Validity in the Measurement of Postural Asymmetry in Three Anatomical Planes for patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. World J Orthopedics,

  • Jan 2017

    • ​doi: 10.5312/wjo.v8.i1.68 - The purpose of this study is to assess the reliability and validity of the Baseline Scoliometer in the assessment of three-dimensional postural asymmetry in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis 

  • Prowse A, Pope R, Gerdhem P & Abbott A (2015) Reliability and validity of inexpensive and easily administered anthropometric clinical evaluation methods of postural asymmetry measurement in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: a systematic review. Eur Spine J,

  • April 2015

    • doi10.1007/s00586-015-3961-7 - The purpose of this review was to review the current literature in the assessment of postural asymmetry in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis using manual anthropometric measures.​

  • CONTRAIS: CONservative TReatment for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: a randomised controlled trial protocol,BMC Musculoskelet Disord.5;14:261.

  • Sept 2013 - present

    • doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-14-261- The purpose of this study is to improve the evidence base regarding the effectiveness of conservative treatments for preventing curve progression in idiopathic scoliosis.

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