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02-26-2008, 12:54 PM
For parents whose children have not undergone surgery, I've pasted a link to an article entitled: THE NEW REHABILITATION TREATMENT OF SO-CALLED IDIOPATHIC SCOLIOSIS. by T. KARSKI, et. al. The article describes in detail, exercises for scoliosis. Keep in mind that dr. Karski is not only an M.D. but also a PHD and his theory as to the cause of scoliosis is fascinating! I found it interesting because there was also a reference to this problem in an article by a different doctor and lo and behold the title of the article is "Regression of Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis". I've pasted the abstract below so you could see. Dr. Karski's research is without a doubt, an incredible contribution to a better understanding of this disorder we call "Idiopathic Scoliosis." I've pasted a link to his website which shows before and after x-ray pictures. One has to scroll through a few pages to see the exercises.



1: Exp Mol Pathol. 2003 Jun;74(3):326-35. Links
Regression of juvenile idiopathic scoliosis.Stehbens WE, Cooper RL.
Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Wellington, New Zealand. wstehbens@wnmeds.ac.nz

For a young scoliotic boy the customary "wait and watch" management program for rapidly progressive juvenile idiopathic scoliosis was considered unsatisfactory in view of the poor prognosis. The management program devised was based on the congenital postural induction concept of scoliosis with progression accruing from mechanically induced bioengineering fatigue, cumulative molecular scissions, laxity of ligaments, and secondary bone deformation. A coexisting pelvic tilt with restricted movement of the hip and shoulder joints was overlooked initially. Possibly induced simultaneously with the scoliosis, it is considered a contributory factor in scoliosis progression and requires early diagnosis and correction. The rapid improvement in this child's spinal status achieved by physiological traction and specifically designed exercises was such that as a preventive measure the technique warrants further clinical assessment on young scoliotics.

PMID: 12782022 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

03-07-2008, 01:29 PM
Thank you for the article post. I've read both and am going to try those stretches. I cannot understand much of the technical language they use but from what I can understand it makes sense to me.

Do you think it will be effective in "adults" (I'm 23)?

I know my spine is still flexible/changing- if my curve is still progressing that would mean it has the chance of digressing as well right??

03-08-2008, 02:52 PM
thanks celia, I'm going to read the article now. I'm always interested in hearing how exercise or movement can be used as an adjunct to treatment!

03-08-2008, 03:10 PM
I also want to thank you, Celia. I printed out the article and visited the other link. This information on how scoliosis begins matches what our massage therapist tells us about pelvic tilt, etc. It was exciting to read. Now if I can just get my son to buy on and do the exercises....