Scheuermann's Disease Definition

Scheuermann's Disease is a growth condition in which the normal curve in the upper spine is increased, forming a hunched back. The disease also called Scheuermann's Kyphosis typically occurs in the thoracic spine when the front does not grow as fast as the back of the spine, so that the vertebrae become wedge-shaped. Most people with Scheuermann's disease do not experience pain unless the roundback deformity is severe. During adolescence, the use of a Milwaukee brace can improve the curve of the spine. For adults, bracing is not an effective treatment and a program of back and hamstring stretching exercises is advised. Scheuermann's Disease appears during adolescence and is more common in males.