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Impressed with BrightSTAR Schroth patients’ results, Doctor reports, “She’s exceeding all expectations”

Scoliosis Treatments, Doctors Typical RecommendationsThese scoliosis updates are particularly special because they both have dramatically reduced the curve from a severity that was dangerously close to the point that doctors recommend surgery.   They also illustrate the great level of effectiveness of Bright Star Physical Therapy’s Schroth Program.   See chart right indicating levels of scoliosis therapy and typical doctors’ recommendations.

 

Schroth Method at BrightSTAR Physical Therapy, 46% Improvement46% Improvement

Patient #1, whom we’ll call “M”, for the sake of privacy, showed 46% improvement in just 5 months.  

She is 14 years old.  Curve was close enough that if it would grow a few more degrees, the doctor was going to talk about surgery. The time periods between the x-rays was about 5 months. The patient and her supporting family were very dedicated and the results show it.   We are very proud of her — and very happy for her results.  The picture shows the before & after pictures.   As shown in the chart above, doctors typically recommend surgery for Scoliosis patients in the 40 degrees and greater level of progression – “M” was at 39° (just 1 degree short of the Surgery category) — if improvement was not made soon, surgery may have been recommended.  Not only did the patient’s curve move away from 39°, they reduced it by nearly 50%.   BrightSTAR’s Schroth Physical Therapy Program is perfect for patients looking for non-invasive methods of treatment for their Scoliosis.

Schroth Method at BrightSTAR Physical Therapy, 46% Improvement
32% Improvement

Patient #2, “A”, again for privacy, showed a 32% improvement in only 2 months — from 38° to 26° with no brace.

The picture shows before & after shots of a 12 year old female patient using the Schroth Method at Bright STAR Physical Therapy.

She started out with a 38 degree curve and started the Schroth physical therapy only 2 months ago.   Today, the doctor today said “she exceeded all expectations!” — she measured 17 degrees in brace, but what’s amazing – she measured 26 degrees out of brace.  From 38 to 26!

The continued success of BrightSTAR’s Scoliosis Schroth  Physcal Therapy Program is underlined with these patient updates.

Schroth Method

Schroth Therapy is customized to the individual’s specific curvature and focuses on stopping curve progression, reducing pain, increasing strength and lung function. The physical therapy includes stretching, strengthening and breathing techniques that oppose the rotation of spinal curves. Some exercises are prescribed to be performed by the patient at home during their normal daily routine.

Many scoliosis sufferers feel that surgery is not only invasive, but has long term negative results and are looking for alternatives.

“Sense of Hope”
Masha Katz, MPT
Masha Katz, MPT

Masha Katz, MPT said “With most people, adults and kids alike, the first thing that I notice is a sense of hope. Most of them have been told over and over again that ‘nothing can be done ‘ except bracing ( only for kids), and surgery.  If not, ‘live with it’. For many many people that means living with pain and decreased abilities for sports and exercise, even walking. “

Beyond “a sense of hope”, Masha mentioned several real benefits of using the Schroth Method including,

  • Reduction of curve
  • Improves overall posture
  • Halts progression of the curve in some cases
  • Reduction or/and elimination of pain
  • Greater ease of mobility
  • Works well in conjunction with brace
  • Balance and coordination
  • Body symmetry & image
  • Self confidence
Early detection & action is key!

Also, good news to patients of Scoliosis, many insurers are now covering the costs of Schroth Physical Therapy treatments. If you experience lower back pain and have issues working or even sleeping, then find out how to get pain relief and have an improved backbone.

Scoliosis is a disease that causes an improper curve of the spine

The unusual curve of the spine is caused by a disease called scoliosis. The spine can bend right or left and may have an effect on any part of the back. Most individuals with scoliosis experience abnormal curves in the chest or lower section of the back.

In several cases, kids are more affected by this condition because scoliosis is likely to arise when their bodies are growing. If this condition is treated early, the injury can be controlled and quality of life improved, however left untreated, it can cause more damage and health issues to the heart, lungs, and pelvic region — not to mention psychological effects.

In Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA & Woodland Hills, CA, contact BrightSTAR PT, certified in Schroth Treatment at 818-343-3900 to learn more about the Schroth Method of Physical Therapy.  We are conveniently located near the 101 & 170 freeways, respectively, and have patients visit from all over the valley — not just Woodland Hills & Valley Village — including North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Studio City, Encino, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Canoga Park & Calabasas.

 

“This is Amazing”; Patient update from a Scoliosis mom

brightstar_patientupdatePatient update: This is an 12 year old male patient of Bright STAR; has received incredible results. Letters like this warm our hearts and make our day.

The picture here shows before & after Physical Therapy using the Schroth Method at Bright STAR Physical Therapy.

“Hi Masha, this is amazing! Thank you so much to you and Bella.” – Scoliosis Mom

Scoliosis is the improper curve of the spine

The unusual curve of the spine is caused by a disease called scoliosis. The spine can bend right or left and may have an effect on any part of the back. Most individuals with scoliosis experience abnormal curves in the chest or lower section of the back.

In several cases, kids are more affected by this condition because scoliosis is likely to arise when their bodies are growing. If this condition is treated early, the injury can be controlled and quality of life improved, however left untreated, it can cause more damage and health issues to the heart, lungs, and pelvic region — not to mention psychological effects.

Schroth Method

Schroth Therapy is customized to the individual’s specific curvature and focuses on stopping curve progression, reducing pain, increasing strength and lung function. The physical therapy includes stretching, strengthening and breathing techniques that oppose the rotation of spinal curves. Some exercises are prescribed to be performed by the patient at home during their normal daily routine.

Many scoliosis sufferers feel that surgery is not only invasive, but has long term negative results and are looking for alternatives.

“Sense of Hope”
Masha Katz, MPT
Masha Katz, MPT

Masha Katz, MPT said “With most people, adults and kids alike, the first thing that I notice is a sense of hope. Most of them have been told over and over again that ‘nothing can be done ‘ except bracing ( only for kids), and surgery.  If not, ‘live with it’. For many many people that means living with pain and decreased abilities for sports and exercise, even walking. “

Beyond “a sense of hope”, Masha mentioned several real benefits of using the Schroth Method including,

  • Reduction of curve
  • Improves overall posture
  • Halts progression of the curve in some cases
  • Reduction or/and elimination of pain
  • Greater ease of mobility
  • Works well in conjunction with brace
  • Balance and coordination
  • Body symmetry & image
  • Self confidence
Early detection & action is key!

Also, good news to patients of Scoliosis, many insurers are now covering the costs of Schroth Physical Therapy treatments. If you experience lower back pain and have issues working or even sleeping, then find out how to get pain relief and have an improved backbone.

In Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA & Woodland Hills, CA, contact BrightSTAR PT, certified in Schroth Treatment at 818-343-3900 to learn more about the Schroth Method of Physical Therapy.  We are conveniently located near the 101 & 170 freeways, respectively, and have patients visit from all over the valley — not just Woodland Hills & Valley Village — including North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Studio City, Encino, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Canoga Park & Calabasas.

Patient update – Scoliosis patient curve dramatically reduced

brightstar_featuredupdate_blogPatient update: This is an 11 year old girl — a patient of Bright STAR; she was very very dedicated and has received incredible results.

The picture here shows 3 months of Physical Therapy using the Schroth Method at Bright STAR Physical Therapy.

Her doctor was very pleased and so are we!

Scoliosis is described as an improper curve of the spine…

The unusual curve of the spine is caused by a state called scoliosis. The spine can bend either to the right or left and might have an effect on any part of the back. Most individuals with scoliosis experience abnormal curves in the chest or lower section of the back.

In several cases, kids are more affected by this condition because scoliosis is likely to arise when their bodies are growing and forming. If this condition is treated early, the injury can be controlled, however left unhealed can cause more damage and health issues to the heart, lungs, and pelvic region.

Schroth Method

Schroth Therapy is customized to the individual’s specific curvature and focuses on stopping curve progression, reducing pain, increasing strength and lung function. The physical therapy includes stretching, strengthening and breathing techniques that oppose the rotation of spinal curves. Some exercises are prescribed to be performed by the patient at home during their normal daily routine.

Many scoliosis sufferers feel that surgery is not only invasive, but has long term negative results and are looking for alternatives.

There is hope
Masha Katz, MPT
Masha Katz, MPT

Masha Katz, MPT said “With most people, adults and kids alike, the first thing that I notice is a sense of hope. Most of them have been told over and over again that ‘nothing can be done ‘ except bracing ( only for kids), and surgery.  If not, ‘live with it’. For many many people that means living with pain and decreased abilities for sports and exercise, even walking. “

Beyond “a sense of hope”, Masha mentioned several real benefits of using the Schroth Method including,

  • Reduction of curve
  • Improves overall posture
  • Halts progression of the curve in some cases
  • Reduction or/and elimination of pain
  • Greater ease of mobility
  • Works well in conjunction with brace
  • Balance and coordination
  • Body symmetry & image
  • Self confidence
Why wait? Early detection & action is key!

Also, good news to patients of Scoliosis, many insurers are now covering the costs of Schroth Physical Therapy treatments. If you experience lower back pain and have issues working or even sleeping, then find out how to get pain relief and have an improved backbone.

In Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA & Woodland Hills, CA, contact BrightSTAR PT, certified in Schroth Treatment at 818-343-3900 to learn more about the Schroth Method of Physical Therapy.  We are conveniently located near the 101 & 170 freeways, respectively, and have patients visit from all over the valley — not just Woodland Hills & Valley Village — including North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Studio City, Encino, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Canoga Park & Calabasas.

Scoliosis is much more common than you may think

Shailene Woodley of Divergent Series
Shailene Woodley of Divergent Series

Scoliosis doesn’t discriminate either — there are many famous people with Scoliosis — we list just a few below.   We did however; notice that most of them are female.   We don’t know if this is because females are much more likely to have Scoliosis or they’re more willing to share their battles in public. We suspect that it may be a little of both.   Many of these stars with scoliosis have achieved fame despite battling scoliosis and the challenging symptoms of scoliosis.

Scoliosis is an abnormal side to side curvature of the spine. This curve can either develop as a single curve like a “C” or a double curve forming a “S” shape.

Roughly 4% of all people have Scoliosis — that is one child in every classroom, 1 person at the park, grocery store or the movie theater.   Also, Scoliosis occurs twice as often in girls than in boys.   Some studies report that up to 80% of cases occur in adolescent girls.  30% of Scoliosis patients have a family history of Scoliosis.

We also notice that most report that they use non-surgical methods to deal with Scoliosis. Proper stretching & exercise routines can go a long way to improve the quality of life of those who suffer from Scoliosis.   Many report regular exercise as a way to deal with the curve.

Schroth Method is Physical Therapy treatment that uses isometric exercises to strengthen or lengthen certain muscles. Ultimately, the goal is to either “push” or “pull” the spinal curvature back in normal range by using your own muscles.  Additionally, Physical Therapy for Scoliosis dramatically reduces the pain, appearance of scoliosis and increases the physical abilities & quality of life of the patient.

At Bright STAR Physical Therapy, our staff maintains their training & education on new & innovative treatment options in order to relieve the symtoms of Scolisos.  Scoliosis screening at Bright STAR Physical Therapy is free.   We have 2 locations in the San Fernando Valley — Woodland Hills, CA & Valley Village / North Hollywood. Bright STAR physical therapists will be able to help you find relief. Call our office today for a free consultation (818)343-3900. You can also visit our website at www.BrightSTARPT.com

10 Symptoms Expressed by Scoliosis Patients

Scoliosis_symptomsJune is National Scoliosis Awareness Month.

What does it feel like to have Scoliosis? If you have Scoliosis or know somebody that does, please feel free to post your comments about it here. There is actually a lot more than just 10 — here are 10 of the most common.   We’d like to hear what you have to say.

• Chronic pain in lower back & legs
• Aesthet
ic deformity (humped back, extended hip, uneven shoulders & legs)

• Discomfort
• Self consciousness
• Embarrassment

• Low self esteem
• Psychological stress

• Inability to perform fun activities
• Shortness of breath
• Trouble performing simple tasks
• Tingling, numbness & muscle spasms
• We
akness 

• Lack of compassion & understanding from others
• Inability to sleep

Schroth Method is physiotherapeautic treatment system that uses isometric exercises to strengthen or lengthen certain muscles. Ultimately, the goal is to either “push” or “pull” the spinal curvature back in normal range by using your own muscles.  Additionally, Physical Therapy for Scoliosis dramatically reduces the pain, appearance of scoliosis and increases the physical abilities of the patient.
BrightSTAR also provides FREE screening services for Scoliosis.   At Bright STAR Physical Therapy, our staff is constantly getting more training and more education on new or innovative treatment options in order to relieve your back pain and discomfort.  We have 2 locations in the San Fernando Valley — Woodland Hills, CA, Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA.   Bright STAR physical therapists will be able to help you find relief from back pain. Call our office today for a free consultation (818)343-3900. You can also visit our website at www.BrightSTARPT.com

What are the causes of Scoliosis?

Scoliosis_causes_blogJune is National Scoliosis Awareness Month.

What are the causes of Scoliosis?

Most cases of scoliosis are Idiopathic (no known cause) and develops during adolescence (ages 9-14) and occurs & progresses more in females. Congenital means that it is hereditary and starts at birth, Neuromuscular means it is caused by other diseases & conditions & Degenerative means that it occurs due to injury, previous surgery or general degeneration (old age).

20% are congenital, neuromuscular or degenerative and 80% are idiopathic (unknown cause).

Schroth Method is physiotherapeautic treatment system that uses isometric exercises to strengthen or lengthen certain muscles. Ultimately, the goal is to either “push” or “pull” the spinal curvature back in normal range by using your own muscles.  Additionally, Physical Therapy for Scoliosis dramatically reduces the pain, appearance of scoliosis and increases the physical abilities of the patient.

BrightSTAR also provides FREE screening services for Scoliosis.   At Bright STAR Physical Therapy, our staff is constantly getting more training and more education on new or innovative treatment options in order to relieve your back pain and discomfort.  We have 2 locations in the San Fernando Valley — Woodland Hills, CA, Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA.   Bright STAR physical therapists will be able to help you find relief from back pain. Call our office today for a free consultation (818)343-3900. You can also visit our website at www.BrightSTARPT.com

June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month

Scoliosis Awareness MonthJune is National Scoliosis Awareness Month.  The goal is to spotlight the growing need for education, early detection and awareness to the general public about scoliosis and its common presence within the community.   BrightSTAR will be providing educational information to it’s followers in hopes of increasing early detection.  BrightSTAR also provides FREE screening services for Scoliosis.

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is an abnormal side to side curvature of the spine. This curve can either develop as a single curve like a “C” or a double curve forming a “S” shape.

Is there a difference between scoliosis in adults and children?

The term most used with scoliosis affecting children is Idiopathic Scoliosis. Idiopathic meaning ” no known cause.” It is often considered more difficult to spot a Idiopathic Scoliosis.  The most common scoliosis affecting adults is referred to as Degenerative Scoliosis.

More common than you might think

Scoliosis Symtoms
Scoliosis Symtoms


1 in 40 people have Scoliosis — that is roughly one child in every classroom, 1 person at the park, grocery store or the movie theater.   Also, Scoliosis occurs twice as often in girls than in boys.   In fact, some studies report that up to 80% of cases occur in adolescent girls.  30% of Scoliosis patients have a family history of Scoliosis.

Early detection, Early Correction

Early detection of scoliosis in children is key to prevent further progression of the curve.   If caught and treated before a growth spurt, the curve progression can be halted.

What signs or symptoms should I look for?

The most accurate way of telling if you or your child has scoliosis is to see a doctor and get X-Ray diagnostics.  Keeping an eye out for these common symptoms will also give you a better idea whether or not you should see you doctor.

scioliosis● One shoulder is higher than the other
● The body tilts to one side
● One hip appears to be higher or more prominent than the other
● The waist appears uneven

It’s not just the spine that is affected

Scoliosis not only affects the curvature of your spine, but also your breathing, heart, head & neck aches, walking, severe pain and ability to do anything physical.   Scoliosis sufferers can also suffer from poor self image & self esteem.

Is there an effective, non invasive, and cost efficient way to treat scoliosis?

Sch
Schroth Method

Every patient spinal curvature is different, along with the lifestyle they are accustomed to.

As far as seeing results, not paying thousands of dollars in medical bills, and allowing continuation of your daily activities while getting treatment, there is the Schroth Method.

Schroth Method is physiotherapeautic treatment system that uses isometric exercises to strengthen or lengthen certain muscles. Ultimately, the goal is to either “push” or “pull” the spinal curvature back in normal range by using your own muscles.  Additionally, Physical Therapy for Scoliosis dramatically reduces the pain, appearance of scoliosis and increases the physical abilities of the patient.

At Bright STAR Physical Therapy, our staff is constantly getting more training and more education on new or innovative treatment options in order to relieve your back pain and discomfort. We have 2 locations in the San Fernando Valley — Woodland Hills, CA, Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA.  Bright STAR physical therapists will be able to help you find relief from back pain. Call our office today for a free consultation (818)343-3900. You can also visit our website at www.BrightSTARPT.com

What is Schroth?

At Bright STAR PT, we are skilled in treating Scoliosis in both adults and children. The Schroth Method Physical Therapy is a physiotherapeutic treatment system which uses isometric and other exercises to strengthen or lengthen asymmetrical muscles in a scoliotic body. Its goals are to halt progression of abnormal spinal curvature, and in the best case to reverse the curves.

As an alternative or additional treatment for spinal curvatures, Schroth physical therapy is frequently sought out by patients or their parents because of the often remarkable results without surgery, which can have complications.

Therapist Masha Katz says “In my experience with my patients and the therapists that I have spoken to over the years, patients who have truly committed themselves to doing the Schroth physical therapy exercises and postural corrections have decreased or eliminated their pain and contained their scoliosis, and in many cases reduced the curvature.”

A patient with a spinal curvature may be referred to physical therapy instead of or as a supplement to surgery, but often times the patient is offered surgery only, or to “wait and see” if the curvature gets worse.

But patients can come to Bright STAR Physical Therapy in Woodland Hills or Valley Village / North Hollywood for a FREE consultation without a referral to see if Schroth Physical Therapy can help your case of scoliosis. We will evaluate your insurance benefits and come up with a plan that works for you.  We are conveniently located near the 101 & 170 freeways, respectively, and have patients visit from all over the valley — not just Woodland Hills & Valley Village — including North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Studio City, Encino, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Canoga Park & Calabasas.

There is hope.

Schroth Method Physical Therapy as a Treatment for Scoliosis patients, adults & children alike

Scoliosis is described as an improper curve of the spine.

There are 3 major types of scoliosis— neuromuscular, functional, and idiopathic. The kind of scoliosis, in addition to how serious it is and its possibility for getting worse with time, will be an indicator of what type of treatment course you must follow.

The unusual curve of the spine is caused by a state called scoliosis. The spine can bend either to the right or left and might have an effect on any part of the back. Most individuals with scoliosis experience abnormal curves in the chest or lower section of the back.

In several cases, kids are more affected by this condition because scoliosis is likely to arise when their bodies are growing and forming. If this condition is treated early, the injury can be controlled, however left unhealed can cause more damage and health issues to the heart, lungs, and pelvic region.

Different types of scoliosis treatment available

As scoliosis is an extremely critical condition which can initiate severe back pain problems all through the patient’s life, there are no short-term treatments. In many cases, bracing can decrease and let the spine to grow correctly and become realigned:

Bracing

Generally, the first form of treatment for scoliosis which is observed in kids is braces for the spine. Even though most kids do not like the braces, they can be beneficial to correct the spine curve during the growth process.

For braces, the success relies on how often the brace is put on. Most back pain specialists will recommend kids with scoliosis to put on the brace continually, night and day. The brace will be put on till the bones stop expanding. Doctors will check the kid’s growth patterns and keep an eye on their height. The brace does not have to be put on any longer once the bones have stopped growing. However, patients are realizing that Scoliosis progresses even into adulthood.

Schroth Method 

Schroth Therapy is customized to the individual’s specific curvature and focuses on stopping curve progression, reducing pain, increasing strength and lung function. The physical therapy includes stretching, strengthening and breathing techniques that oppose the rotation of spinal curves. Some exercises are prescribed to be performed by the patient at home during their normal daily routine.

Doctors are also turning to the Schroth Method of physical therapy for Scoliosis sufferers of all ages – even children currently being treated using a brace.

Dr. M. Timothy Hresko
Dr. M. Timothy Hresko

The chairman of the “Scoliosis Research Society” is recognizing the benefits of the Schroth Method. Dr. M. Timothy Hresko, chairman of the research society’s nonoperative committee and associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard stated:
“We’re primarily using Schroth on people who are being braced — I think it will make bracing more successful.”

Surgery

Surgery is only opted in very acute cases or if the brace is not preventing the condition from worsening. Surgery for scoliosis patients will include spinal union procedures, where the spine are combined together to avoid them from moving on your own. The surgery may even include inserting either bone or bone-like material in between the spine plus metal screws and rods to hold the vertebrae straight whereas the bones combine together.   Many scoliosis sufferers feel that surgery is not only invasive, but has long term negative results and are looking for alternatives.

Many adult Scoliosis sufferers are finding that contrary to what they were told by their doctors, their condition is continuing to progress into adulthood — refusing the invasive option of surgery and finding that other traditional physical therapy prescribed for Scoliosis is not effective, they are looking for alternatives.

Evidence of benefits of the Schroth Method for Scoliosis

As recognized in the New York Times article, “Hope for an S-Shaped Back” by Rachel Rabkin Peachman, more and more doctors & patients of Scoliosis are finding that the Schroth Method is the “alternative treatment” that they are looking for. One study found that untreated scoliosis patients had nearly 3 times the rate of scoliosis progression compare to those who underwent scoliosis specific exercises like the Schroth Method.

Masha Katz, MPT
Masha Katz, MPT

Masha Katz, MPT said “With most people, adults and kids alike, the first thing that I notice is a sense of hope. Most of them have been told over and over again that ‘nothing can be done ‘ except bracing ( only for kids), and surgery.  If not, ‘live with it’. For many many people that means living with pain and decreased abilities for sports and exercise, even walking. “

Beyond “a sense of hope”, Masha mentioned several real benefits of using the Schroth Method including,

  • Reduction or/and elimination of pain
  • Greater ease of mobility
  • Balance and coordination
  • Body symmetry & image
  • Self confidence

Early detection & action is key

There are a number of symptoms of scoliosis for adults to be familiar with. Early detection is best and can bring successful rehabilitation outcomes and a return to a regular bone and spine growth.

Masha Katz, MPT and Schroth specialist, said about the Schroth Method: “For many children, there are great reductions of the actual Cobb angle degrees (smaller curvatures), or at least the progression of the scoliosis curve is halted .”

Also, good news to patients of Scoliosis, many insurers are now covering the costs of Schroth Physical Therapy treatments. If you experience lower back pain and have issues working or even sleeping, then find out how to get pain relief and have an improved backbone.

In Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA & Woodland Hills, CA, contact BrightSTAR PT, certified in Schroth Treatment at 818-343-3900 to learn more about the Schroth Method of Physical Therapy.  We are conveniently located near the 101 & 170 freeways, respectively, and have patients visit from all over the valley — not just Woodland Hills & Valley Village — including North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Studio City, Encino, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Canoga Park & Calabasas.

Sacroiliac Dysfunction – a Lesser-Known Cause of Back Pain

Sacroiliac joint? Radiculopathy? Discogenic?

You don’t necessarily know those words, but you know your back hurts. There are many causes of back pain, and this often undiagnosed condition – sacroiliac joint dysfunction, which is too much or too little movement in the joint that connects the sacrum (triangular bone at the bottom of the spine) with the pelvis (iliac bone that is part of the hip joint) – is present in many patients we see at Bright STAR. The good news is, we are able to help them.

Read more about sacroiliac joint pain here, and call us to schedule a free consultation. Whether it’s this condition or something else that is causing your pain, we can develop a personalized program to help you feel better and get your life back again.