Scheuermann's Disease: The Truth About Your Child's Hunchback

Feb 9, 2020

Understanding Scheuermann's Disease

Scheuermann's Disease, also known as Scheuermann's kyphosis, is a spinal disorder that primarily affects young adolescents. It is characterized by the abnormal curvature of the upper back, resulting in a rounded or hunched posture.

Causes and Risk Factors

The exact cause of Scheuermann's Disease remains unknown, but several factors are believed to contribute to its development. Genetics may play a role, as it often runs in families. Rapid growth during puberty is also considered a risk factor, which is why it is commonly diagnosed in the teenage years.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

One of the most prominent symptoms of Scheuermann's Disease is the visible rounding of the upper back, often referred to as a "hunchback." Other symptoms may include back pain, stiffness, and limited flexibility. To diagnose the condition, a physical examination, medical history review, and imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI scans may be conducted.

Treatment Options

At Regency Square Care Center, our team of experienced healthcare professionals specializes in providing comprehensive care and treatment for children with Scheuermann's Disease. The treatment approach may vary depending on the severity of the condition, but it typically includes:

1. Physical Therapy and Exercises

Physical therapy and targeted exercises can help strengthen the muscles supporting the spine and improve posture. Our skilled physical therapists will develop a personalized treatment plan to address the specific needs of your child.

2. Bracing

In some cases, a brace may be recommended to support the spine and slow down the progression of the curvature. Our team will guide you through the process and ensure proper fitting and adjustment of the brace for optimal effectiveness.

3. Pain Management

If your child experiences discomfort or pain, our dedicated pain management specialists will work closely with you to develop an individualized plan to alleviate symptoms and improve overall well-being.

4. Surgical Intervention

In severe cases where conservative measures are ineffective, surgery may be considered. Our highly skilled orthopedic surgeons have extensive experience in treating Scheuermann's Disease using advanced surgical techniques to correct spinal deformities.

Lifestyle Modifications

Alongside professional medical care, there are certain lifestyle modifications that can help manage Scheuermann's Disease, such as:

  • Regular physical activity and exercises focusing on posture correction.
  • Ensuring a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients for bone health.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight to reduce strain on the spine.
  • Ergonomic adjustments, such as using supportive pillows and chairs.

Expert Care at Regency Square Care Center

Regency Square Care Center is a trusted facility specializing in geriatric and aging care. Our team of healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing top-quality care for individuals with Scheuermann's Disease. With a patient-centered approach, we prioritize the well-being and comfort of our patients throughout their treatment journey.

Contact Us

If you have any concerns regarding Scheuermann's Disease or wish to schedule a consultation, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you and provide the guidance and support needed for your child's health and well-being.

Stay informed and empowered with Regency Square Care Center, your trusted partner in managing Scheuermann's Disease.