A condition that can cause pain starting in childhood
Scheuermann’s Disease usually presents in the teenage years. It is also known as “Juvenile Disc Disorder” and a form of Juvenile Osteochondrosis.
Scheuermann’s Disease Facts & Information
Scheuermann’s Disease is also known as “Juvenile Disc Disorder” and a form of Juvenile Osteochondrosis.
Scheuermann’s disease is a disorder that affects the development of the spine in the teenage years and young adulthood. In addition to the early onset of degeneration of the discs, the disease disrupts the the growth of the spinal bones, or vertebrae, leading to greater curvature of the spine. Posture is affected, with patients found to have a more pronounced hump In the midback, also known as ‘roundback’.
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Pain often develops in the area of greatest stress on the joints, discs, and bones where the curvature is most pronounced, or where the spine changes its curvature. Pain can be found either in the neck, mid back, or low back. Many find that they are less able to tolerate physical activity than their peers, and are concerned by the cosmetic aspects of the postural changes.
Causes and Diagnosis
Mostly considered a genetic disorder, the causes of Scheuermann’s disease are not fully understood. It is known to begin in the years leading into puberty, and is most often diagnoses by an X-ray in the teenage years.
Treatments of Pain Associated with Scheuermann’s
Whether the patient is a child, a teenager, or fully grown adult, there are many treatments for the pain associated with Scheuermann’s disease. Patients should be able to participate in physical activities, including low impact sports and exercise, with the proper training and education. In fact, those who are inactive are likely to experience greater back pain because their muscles are weaker and stiff. Hamstring stretches, strength training, and aerobic conditioning can improve circulation and strengthen the core muscles in the abdomen and back to improve spinal health.
Other treatment options include:
-Physical therapy, including training on proper movement and posture.
-Medications applied to the skin and/or oral medications