Scheurmann’s Disease

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A postural deformity affecting the spine. More common in males than females, and usually developed in adolescents, it is characterized by a feeling of tiredness in the back. The exact cause is unknown but the mechanism is as a result of repetitive micro trauma e.g. weightlifting or macro trauma e.g. a fall, to the thoracic spine. The intervertebral discs protrude into the vertebral bodies of the spine causing anterior wedging. This caused and increased kyphosis or ‘hunch back’ that is typical of the condition.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Feeling of tiredness in the back.
  • Excessive kyphosis (hunch back).
  • History of trauma.
  • Pain worsening with exercise.
  • Pain when trying to straighten up from a bent position.