Non-Surgical Treatments

The goal of treatment is to stop the progression of the spinal curve and minimize deformity. At Texas Children’s, we aim to treat scoliosis and spinal deformities with a non-surgical approach first. Our multi-disciplinary spine team will work with each patient to create a customized treatment plan that works best for their needs. These interventions include:

  • Schroth Method: Through physical therapy and breathing techniques, the Schroth Method helps improve posture, restore alignment and increase body symmetry. With this approach, exercises are customized for each patient to help the spine return to a more natural position. Learn more.
  • Bracing: For patients with moderate scoliosis, our spine specialists may recommend the use of a brace to keep the spinal curvature from progressing as they grow. Braces are molded to the individual patient and will improve posture by putting pressure on the outer edge of the spinal curve. Scoliosis braces are typically lightweight and can be worn under clothes. Patients may need a combination of bracing and physical therapy to see results and avoid surgery.
  • Gait Analysis: Many spine patients take advantage of the Human Performance and Motion Analysis lab located at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. The team of physicians, therapists, biomechanists, and exercise physiologists analyze the impaired gait in children and provides 3D gait analyses that are used to guide surgical and/or spasticity management recommendations. Learn more about the Human Performance and Motion Analysis Lab here.