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-trained Physiotherapist. Exercises that integrate Schroth Method principles 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-trained Physiotherapist, 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 adults

Adults with Scheuermann’s Kyphosis may benefit from working with ScoliClinic Physiotherapists and RMTs to learn Schroth exercises and receive curve-specific massage treatment. Although adults are skeletally mature, they may benefit from specific treatments to address posture, esthetics, and pain management, as back pain is common in adults with Scheuermann’s Kyphosis.

The ScoliClinic’s 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 Physiotherapists or RMTs.


Meet Julia and her mom Michelle

Julia is diagnosed with Scheuermann’s Kyphosis and Scoliosis – listen to her story in this conversation with Physio Andrea.

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
    (Depending on the facility, we may be able to request them directly. Some facilities require that you pick up your images, and may charge a fee. We can discuss options during the booking of your initial appointment)
  • Any relevant reports
  • Sports bra / tank top, shorts or leggings

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