Scheuermann's kyphosis is a condition that causes an excessive curvature of the spine, usually in the cervical, thoracic and sacral regions, resulting in a visible back hump. Hyperkyphosis, much like scoliosis, can be caused by a number of different factors. In many cases, the exact cause is not known, whereas in others it can be traced back to conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis.
One of the most common causes of hyperkyphosis in juvenile and adolescent patients is a disorder known as Scheuermann's disease, which is why it is known as Scheuermann's kyphosis. This is when the spinal vertebrae don't develop properly and assume a wedge shape, as shown here:
As you can see above, these wedge-shaped vertebrae end up giving the spine a pronounced hyperkyphotic curve. This, in turn, causes the back to take on a hunched/rounded appearance.
Scheuermann's Kyphosis Treatment Methods
When hyperkyphosis arises as a result of Scheuermann's disease, it can be treated via a number of different methods, many of which are also used to treat scoliosis. Back braces
can help to correct Scheuermann's kyphotic spinal curvature, although in more severe cases, spinal fusion surgery
may be recommended instead of/as well as a brace.
Quite often, however, neither a brace nor a surgical procedure is necessary. The Schroth method
, a type of physiotherapy that forms the basis for our own ScolioGold
treatment courses, is another very effective treatment for Scheuermann's kyphosis; the technique has been shown to reduce pain in Scheuermann's patients while also significantly decreasing the angle of their spinal curvature.
We have treated a number of Scheuermann's disease patients here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic
, and our unique spinal-specific therapy courses help these people to combat their condition and greatly improve their quality of life. You can see the results of our physiotherapy courses on patients who have Scheuermann's kyphosis here
If you suffer from Scheuermann's kyphosis and are looking for treatment, please contact us today to arrange an initial consultation and find out whether the Scoliosis SOS Clinic could help you.