A research study in Pediatric Rehab (Weiss 1999) concluded that
“a supervised program of exercise-based therapy can significantly reduce the incidence of curvature progression in idiopathic scoliosis”

Scoliosis affects 2-3% of the population, or an estimated 6 million people in the United States, and there is no cure. Scoliosis impacts infants, adolescents, and adults worldwide with little regard to race or socio-economic status. The primary age of onset for scoliosis is 10-15 years old, occurring equally among both genders. However, females are eight times more likely to progress to a curve magnitude that requires treatment.
Scoliosis can impact the quality of life with limited activity, pain, reduced respiratory function, or diminished self-esteem.
The vast majority of people with this condition are not expected to require treatment. The problem is we do not know who will get it, why they get it, which will progress, or how far they will progress. Each year scoliosis patients make more than 600,000 visits to private physician offices, and an estimated 30,000 children are put into a brace for scoliosis, while 38,000 patients undergo spinal fusion surgery.
Despite physicians trying to treat this spinal deformity for centuries, 85% of the cases are classified as idiopathic. Consequently, a scoliosis patient's life is exacerbated by many unknowns, and treatments therefore that are often ineffective, invasive, and/or costly. Scoliosis patients also have increased health risks due to frequent x-ray exposure.
Scoliosis is a multifactorial disorder, which requires multidisciplinary research and treatment.
Description taken from the National Scoliosis Foundation website at www.scoliosis.org
Canton Physical Therapy has a team of experts working in conjunction with the National Scoliosis Foundation to accept the challenge to provide physical therapy services to those individuals with scoliosis.  We are currently treating both adolescent and adults with idiopathic scoliosis. 

What does the scoliosis program provide?

As part of the program, the patient will undergo a comprehensive musculoskeletal exam where he/she will be tested for balance, flexibility and strength along with a biomechanical movement analysis.  The patient will be given a specific treatment program for the individual’s curve type and will be required to train at home in addition to in the clinic.  Generally, the patient will need to be seen 2 times a week for about 4-6 weeks.  After 6 weeks an assessment will decide the progress being made and the home program will be progressed and individual clinic treatment can be done once a week.  The patient can join our group class as he/she continues once a week.  Home programs can be modified and progressed as needed.  Progress notes will be sent to the referring physician to keep them informed of their progress. 
Each patient is an individual, so the program will be specific to their specific needs.  Treatment duration may vary per person.  During the first 6 months, treatment can be reduced depending on the patient’s progress and his/her desire to continue with therapy.  Wellness is also available

Community Outreach

Canton Physical Therapy will provide free assessments for individuals who are interested in the program or would like to have a scoliosis screening.  The screenings are open to all ages.
Paula Webster RPT will also be holding talks on scoliosis at Canton Physical therapy.  These free talks will be informative and open to the public.  Please call 860-693-6226 for information and the schedule for these informal meetings.
Support groups are forming and can be held at Canton Physical Therapy in addition to individual counseling.

Paula Webster RPT, CSCS

Paula Webster RPT, CSCS director of Canton Physical Therapy specializes in pediatric sports training and rehabilitation.  She has offered courses for the coaching community focusing on injury prevention and problems inherent in the adolescent athlete.  She conducts programs for spinal health for adolescents and is one of the few therapists specializing in scoliosis in Connecticut.  Therapy for idiopathic scoliosis and kyphosis, back pain associated with postural dysfunction is treated with a functional approach and the program has had good success with not only stabilizing curves but in some cases reduced the curves decreasing the risk for progression and possibly avoiding surgery.  She is a member of the National Scoliosis Foundation, SOSORT, an international organization for adolescent spinal deformities and works with patients from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Yale Children’s Hospital.

Maria Green, MSW

Maria is a Clinical Social Worker who obtained her MSW from UConn School of Social Work.  Her background experience includes working in an adolescent psychiatric hospital, family service agency, and within school systems.  Her specialty is working with adolescents and their families.  She utilizes groups, individual counseling and family counseling.  There are many social and emotional issues associated with scoliosis, bracing, and surgery.  She will be available for consultations and will be providing support groups for our scoliosis patients and their families.  Maria has scoliosis herself and has been working with our Scoliosis Program for 2 years.