Physical Therapy for a Child With Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis and Motor Delay

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The purpose of this case report is to describe physical therapy (PT) for a child with infantile idiopathic scoliosis and motor delay.

Key Points:

A 10-month-old boy with a 28° left thoracolumbar scoliosis was referred for PT and was seen weekly in his home over a 6-month period following a diagnosis of scoliosis and delayed gross motor milestones. Before the initiation of PT, the child was scheduled to undergo serial casting for correction of the spinal curve and was not yet rolling or transitioning in or out of sitting. By the end of the 6-month intervention period, the spinal curve had resolved to 12° without the need for serial casting and the child was walking independently.


PT appeared to have a positive effect on reduction of the spinal curve and achievement of gross motor milestones.

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