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.


Scheuermann’s Kyphosis in aging spines

Adults with Scheuermann’s Kyphosis may benefit from working with a ScoliClinic Physical Therapist to learn Schroth exercises. Although adults are skeletally mature, they may benefit from specific physical therapy exercises to address posture, esthetics, and pain management, as back pain is common in adults with Scheuermann’s Kyphosis.

The ScoliClinic’s physical therapists will review your X-Ray (if available), perform a detailed assessment, and discuss your goals to create a customized home exercise program that is best suited to your needs.

The goals of treatment for adults with Scheuermann’s Kyphosis are:

  1. Treat spine pain symptoms by stabilizing your spine through curve-specific strengthening
  2. Prevent further degeneration of the curve
  3. Increase your education on movements to be cautious of, and appropriate modifications to your daily activities
  4. Improve your respiratory efficiency

Contact us to book an individualized session with one of our Schroth-trained Physical Therapists.

Before your appointment

If you have X-Ray images, be sure to let us know as this will help your Physiotherapist design your treatment plan.

If you or your child already have 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.

A referral to a spine surgeon and/or bracing can be discussed at the initial assessment.

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

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