Bridging Motor Learning Principles with Physiotherapy Specific Scoliosis Exercises: a Perspective Article

Marissa Muccio, Osnat Atun-Einy, Michal Kafri, Sandra L. Kaplan

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Aim: This perspective paper illustrates the usefulness of explicitly integrating motor learning terminology with evolving therapeutic approaches. Physiotherapy specific scoliosis exercises (PSSEs) include a growing number of approaches to scoliosis management and serve as an example of this integration. Methods: Three quintessential patient cases (a young hypermobile adolescent, a post-pubescent teen, and an adult with childhood diagnosis of scoliosis) serve to contrast the clinical decision-making process for a PSSE plan of care when organized within a motor learning framework. Conclusions and implications: As intervention approaches evolve, aligning the unique terminologies from different schools of thought with motor learning constructs would provide a common language for clinicians, academics and researchers to facilitate comparison of approaches and organize intervention care plans. Linking a motor learning framework and terminology to PSSE may facilitate comparison of PSSE treatment approaches by clinicians, academics, and researchers, as well as advance the global quality of care for patients with scoliosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-758
Number of pages18
JournalPhysical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2023

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  • Motor learning and control
  • physiotherapeutic scoliosis specific exercises
  • scoliosis
  • spine
  • therapeutic exercise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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