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Scheuermann’s Kyphosis –
Children / Teens

Scheuermann’s Kyphosis is characterized by changes in the spine causing a curve from the sideview. Typically there are only a few vertebrae affected – these vertebrae become wedged-shaped, with the back of each vertebra being taller than the front. This results in a rounded forward posture. These spinal changes occur mostly during the adolescence, and symptoms can worsen with age.

Conservative management can help with teens who have Scheuermann’s Kyphosis. It consists of Schroth Method physical therapy exercises taught by a Schroth-certified Physical Therapist. Schroth Method exercises may help prevent the progression of the kyphosis as the teen is growing and can help improve posture.

After completing one-to-one sessions with the Schroth-certified physical therapist, clients may join group classes with other similarly-aged and similarly-skilled clients. These group classes encourage peer support and accountability to do exercises, and lower costs for families.

Some clients may be candidates for a brace made by a Certified Orthotist.

Before your appointment

A referral to the BCCH Spine Program and/or bracing can be discussed at the initial assessment. If your child already has a brace, physiotherapeutic scoliosis-specific exercises (PSSE) are recommended to maintain postural muscle strength, and to retain as much correction as possible when brace wear ends.

It is ideal if a physician has diagnosed your child with scoliosis or Scheuermann’s via X-Ray. We require these images to design custom treatment plans.

Please bring:

  • X-ray images either digitally or on disc if available
    (we can request them directly from the imaging facility; more info upon booking your initial appointment)
  • Any relevant reports
  • Sports bra / tank top, shorts or leggings

Please note: Payments can be made by credit card, cash, or cheque. We cannot accept debit at this time.