Dr. Manuel Rigo M.D. Phd
Medical Doctor

Medical director of the Institut Elena Salvá.
Professor at the Physiotherapy school Gimbernat (UAB)

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Dr. Manuel Rigo M.D. Phd

Instituto Elena Salvá Scoliosis Rehabilitation Center

Manuel D Rigo MD. PhD
Via Augusta 185, Entlo
08021 Barcelona


Biographical notes


25 Medline published papers, 3 book chapters, 2 books

Most important Medline papers

Patient evaluation in idiopathic scoliosis: Radiographic assessment, trunk Rigo M. deformity and back asymmetry. Physiother Theory Pract. 2011 Jan; 27(1):7-25. Review.

Rigo MD, Villagrasa M, Gallo D. A specific scoliosis classification correlating with brace treatment: description and reliability. Scoliosis. 2010 Jan 27; 5(1):1.

Weiss HR, Rigo M. The Chêneau concept of bracing - actual standards. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2008; 135:291-302.

Rigo M, Reiter Ch, Weiss HR. Effect of conservative management on the prevalence of surgery in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Pediatr Rehabil. 2003 Jul-Dec; 6(3-4):209-14

Rigo M, Quera-Salvá G, Puigdevall N, Martínez M. Retrospective results in immature idiopathic scoliotic patients treated with a Chêneau brace. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2002; 88:241-5.

Educations - Trainings - Seminars - Conferences on Scoliosis

Since 1989 BSPTS Schroth-Therapy Instructor (National and International Courses)

Since 2002 Invited Professor at the BUFA Bundesfachschule für Orthopädie-Technik in Dortmund, Germany - teaching Chêneau principles

Since 2003 1-2 times a year Lecturer of the instructional RSC® Brace Scoliosis Intensive Seminar – together with Ortholutions, in Germany

Conductor of Scoliosis Patients Meetings at international RSC® Brace Excellence Centers

Attendee at all Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) Meetings since 2004

History of the Instituto Elena Salvá

Dr. Manuel D Rigo and Dr. Mina Jelecic modelling a RSC Brace for scoliosis patients in NY U.S.A. Eastcoast 20,33 KB

Dr. Manuel Rigo M.D. Phd and Dr. Mina Jelačić perform the modelling process for a RSC® brace during a RSC® intensiveseminar with Ortholutions.

More than 20 years ago, physical therapist Elena Salva founded the first Schroth clinic in Barcelona, Spain: Instituto E. Salva Rehabilitation. Elena Salva had worked and trained with Christa Lehnert-Schroth and was motivated to start the Schroth method in her home country.

Here, treatment is done on an outpatient basis, with patients being trained on both a 1:1 basis and in groups. Today, the Instituto Elena Salvá is operated by Dr. Gloria E Salva, daughter of Elena, and her husband, Dr. Manuel Rigo, medical director.

The decades of the family missions of Schroth in Germany and the Instituto Elena Salva in Spain, and are inspiring testimony to the importance of their work.

The French physician, Dr. Jaques Chêneau, initially established the rules of correction and created the Chêneau brace for scoliosis. Dr. Manuel Rigo worked in collaboration with Chêneau to further develop a correction model using more biomechanical principles, ultimately developing the RSC® Rigo-System Chêneau scoliosis brace together with Ortholutions.


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