Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Physical Therapy Intervention for Scoliosis in Individuals with Rett Syndrome: Six Case Studies

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Physical Therapy Intervention for Scoliosis in Individuals with Rett Syndrome: Six Case Studies

Article excerpt

Rett syndrome (RTT) is a genetic disorder primarily affecting females. One of the most disabling features of RTT, apparent in about 80%-100% of individuals with this disorder, is a severe and rapidly progressing scoliosis.

Aim: This presentation will describe six case studies of a physical therapy approach implemented with individuals with RTT.

Methods: An intensive, daily, asymmetrical activation of trunk muscles through equilibrium reactions was implemented in the core of the management regime in six cases.

Results:

* Two case studies from Israel and the Nederland's will present the process of reversing the progress of the scoliosis. In one case study discontinuation of treatment led to severe and rapid deterioration of the spinal curve necessitating orthopedic treatment.

* Three case studies will present young children with RTT who have been treated intensively from the onset of spinal asymmetries detected by an orthopedic surgeon and the results of the different interventions.

* A sixth case study will describe an intervention with an individual presenting severe scoliosis (Cobb angle above 800) and suggest that through intensive daily intervention such curve can be maintained and flexibility of the spine increased. …

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