Scheuermann’s kyphosis is a condition that affects the spine and causes an excessive curvature of the upper back, leading to a hunched posture. It is named after Danish radiologist Holger Scheuermann, who first described the condition in the 1920s.
Scheuermann’s kyphosis is caused by a structural deformity of the spine in which the vertebrae (bones of the spine) are wedge-shaped, causing the spine to curve excessively. This condition often develops during adolescence, and it is more common in boys than girls.
Symptoms of Scheuermann’s kyphosis may include a hunched posture, back pain, and difficulty standing or walking. The severity of the condition can vary, and it may be mild or severe depending on the degree of curvature of the spine.
Treatment for Scheuermann’s kyphosis typically depends on the severity of the condition and the symptoms. In mild cases, treatment may include physical therapy, exercises to improve posture, and pain medication. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the curvature of the spine and improve posture. Book to see Dr Sherief for a greater understanding of Scheuermann’s kyphosis as well as other forms of kyphosis.