Title

Physical Therapy as a Treatment for Female Adolescents With Idiopathic Scoliosis

Author(s)

Grace Stegmaier

School Name

Chapin High School

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Physiology and Health

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

This project has a goal of seeing the effect of doctor recommended exercises on the pain of female adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis. Annually, there are 3 million new cases of scoliosis in the United States, ranging in severity, with primarily females having scoliosis (Sponseller, 2019). There are many ways to treat scoliosis to avoid having to get surgery, and one of those options is doing doctor recommended exercises. Exercises are meant for those with mild scoliosis, which is who this exercises will examine. There are other similar studies which examine the effect of physical exercises, but no other studies look at the specific group that I examine, which are high school aged females with idiopathic scoliosis. This project was conducted by having a group of 5 girls do doctor recommended exercises daily for 6 weeks, with the intention of lessening their pain. I sent out surveys weekly asking if they currently have pain and asked how frequently they experienced it. After sending out 6 weekly surveys, there has been a decrease in the amount of pain they experienced daily. Some went from experiencing pain a few times daily to experiencing it from time to time. The results also depended on how frequently that week they did their exercises, and the ones who only did them a few times a week showed less change in pain. This demonstrates how when doing these exercises has decreased the back pain of many female adolescents who participated, showing the effectiveness of these exercises daily.

Location

Furman Hall 209

Start Date

3-28-2020 11:45 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

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Mar 28th, 11:45 AM

Physical Therapy as a Treatment for Female Adolescents With Idiopathic Scoliosis

Furman Hall 209

This project has a goal of seeing the effect of doctor recommended exercises on the pain of female adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis. Annually, there are 3 million new cases of scoliosis in the United States, ranging in severity, with primarily females having scoliosis (Sponseller, 2019). There are many ways to treat scoliosis to avoid having to get surgery, and one of those options is doing doctor recommended exercises. Exercises are meant for those with mild scoliosis, which is who this exercises will examine. There are other similar studies which examine the effect of physical exercises, but no other studies look at the specific group that I examine, which are high school aged females with idiopathic scoliosis. This project was conducted by having a group of 5 girls do doctor recommended exercises daily for 6 weeks, with the intention of lessening their pain. I sent out surveys weekly asking if they currently have pain and asked how frequently they experienced it. After sending out 6 weekly surveys, there has been a decrease in the amount of pain they experienced daily. Some went from experiencing pain a few times daily to experiencing it from time to time. The results also depended on how frequently that week they did their exercises, and the ones who only did them a few times a week showed less change in pain. This demonstrates how when doing these exercises has decreased the back pain of many female adolescents who participated, showing the effectiveness of these exercises daily.