Scheuermann's Kyphosis – Frisco, TX
OrthoTexas, Frisco is a leading group of spine surgeons providing treatment for various orthopedic illnesses and injuries. The surgeons specialize in treating Scheuermann's Kyphosis to restore the normal curvature of the spine.

Scheuermann's Kyphosis

Scheuermann’s Kyphosis, also known as Juvenile Kyphosis or Calve’s Disease, is a thoracolumbar disorder that leads to an abnormal curvature of the spine. The vertebrae in a spine are cylindrical and placed one above the other to keep it vertically inclined. The curves gently to allow the body to absorb external shocks more effectively. However, in some cases the vertebrae may start growing unevenly and as a consequence they form a distinct wedge shape. This leads to the increase in curvature of the spine.

Scheuermann’s Kyphosis may either affect the upper back (thoracic spine) or the lower back (lumbar spine).

Causes Of Scheuermann's Kyphosis

  • Genetic weakness in the skeletal structure
  • Injury to the spine
  • Thickening of ligaments which connect the vertebrae
  • Loss or lack of blood supply to the cartilage between the vertebrae
  • Excessive bending for long hours

Symptoms Of Scheuermann's Kyphosis

  • Pain radiates from a specific point in the spine and aggravates with activity
  • Visible deformity in the form of a hunchback
  • Limited movement
  • Muscle fatigue, cramps and stiffness
  • Redness
  • The back feels off balance
  • Breathing problems may arise in severe cases if the lungs are contracted
  • Difficulty in sitting or standing for long
  • Tightness in the hamstring muscles

Diagnosis Of Scheuermann's Kyphosis

  • Clinical evaluation of the existing symptoms
  • Evaluation of family medical history
  • X-ray imaging to study the structure of the bones
  • Muscle strength and flexibility may be tested
  • MRI scan may be required

Treatment For Scheuermann's Kyphosis

Scheuermann’s Kyphosis can be treated surgically and non-surgically depending on the progression of the condition.

Non-surgical methods

  • Wearing a removable back brace may be recommended to reverse the curvature
  • Heating pads may be used to relieve stiffness
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines may be prescribed by the doctor
  • Physical therapy may help to improve flexibility and strength of the spine
  • Supporting the back with additional pillows while sleeping
  • The doctor may strictly advise to avoid weight bearing

Surgery may be required if the curvature exceeds 75 degrees and the conservative methods fail to provide any relief. These include the following.

  • Thoracotomy- Incision is made from the chest to remove inter-vertebral discs, tissues and place a bone graft for spinal fusion
  • Spine Fusion Instrumentation- The incision is made at the back of the spine and it is fused using metal screws, plates, wires and rods to treat the excess curvature

For diagnosis and treatment of Scheuermann’s Kyphosis, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeons in Frisco, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.