Scheuermann’s Disease

In adolescents bones are still maturing, including the vertebrae of the spine. Scheuermann’s disease refers to an abnormality in the growth of the vertebrae, where the front of the vertebrae does not grow as quickly as the back leading to wedging of the vertebrae. This usually occurs in the thoracic spine (the upper back) and may have varying degrees of severity.

WHAT DO I LOOK FOR?

  • Pain in the upper or mid back especially with sitting
  • Stiffness in the back
  • Increased curve in the upper back

WHAT CAUSES IT?

  • Often unknown
  • Sudden growth spurt.

When do you see someone for help?

Your LifeCare Practitioner will be able to provide an accurate diagnosis and an appropriate management plan. Often this problem can require a Sports Medicine Doctor, Physiotherapist, and/or Podiatrist to assist.

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