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Scheuermann's Disease

What is Scheuermann's Disease?

Scheuermann’s disease is technically not a disease of the spine at all, rather a condition that effects the growing patterns of the Thoracic Spine. Scheuermann’s disease has the appearance of ‘rounded shoulders’ and there may be symptoms initially of stiffness and of difficulty straightening up. It typically appears or is noticed post puberty and it does not naturally reverse. Upon X-Ray, there will be the appearance of ‘wedge shaped’ vertebra instead of square shaped vertebra, which contributes to the curve developing. It must not be ignored and a program must commence as soon as possible.

How long will it last?

With early intervention from the practitioners at The Sports Injury Clinic and a specific treatment plan, Scheuermann’s Disease can be managed. It is however permanent and the aim is to prevent further curve development and effects on other parts of the spine.

Symptoms

The symptoms of Scheuermann’s Disease include:

  • Pain or aching between the shoulder blades or on the Thoracic Spine.
  • Pain may be present on prolonged sitting (computer, slouching) or pain may occur with weight bearing activity.
  • Stiffness in the spine, loss of flexibility (can effect the hips and legs), difficulty with holding one's self erect.

Suggestions for managing Scheuermann’s Disease

  • Staying active as advised by your physiotherapist.
  • Commencing a postural strengthening and stretching program as advised by one of The Sports Injury Clinics Specialist in spinal programs. You may be referred to a specialist class of Pilates specifcally designed for Scheuermann’s disease.
  • Rest for aggravating activity (no prolonged sitting/slouching).
  • Taping from your physiotherapist to improve your thoracic spine's posture in the early stage. Learn correct posture of how to unload your back and relieve muscle spasm if it exists as well as providing feedback on how to use your muscles correctly.
  • Placing a lumbar roll behind your back while sitting, we recommend placing it vertically between the shoulder blades.
  • Your physiotherapist may also recommend Massage Therapy to assist in the management of your Lower Back Pain.
  • Your practitioner may refer you to a Sports Physician for further investigations if your Scheuermann’s Disease does not respond in our suggested time frames, especially if there is pain associated.

Professional treatment options

Contact us now for immediate advice regarding Scheuermann’s Disease .

Click here for some Scheuermann’s Disease Exercise tips designed by Physiotherapists at The Sports Injury Clinic.