What is Scheuermann’s Kyphosis?
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.