Kyphosis refers to the profound outward curve of the thoracic spine. The spine has a normal “C” curve to its shape, and becomes manipulated when a person has bad posture and a hunched back. If the thoracic spine becomes more than a 40-40 degree curve, it is considered deformed. Slouching and poor posture can induce excessive kyphosis and can cause more serious problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, vertebrae fractures, or Scheuermann’s kyphosis.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, we utilize the latest technologies, treatments, and information for improved results. Patients are included in every part of the care. Dr. Burak Ozgur works to offer the best brain and spine care in Irvine. Scheuermann’s disease is not a widely known medical condition, but the treatment and prevention of it is greatly important.
Scheuermann’s kyphosis is degenerative, in that it develops over time, usually from kyphosis. When the vertebrae becomes wedged, from an excessive curve in the spine, Scheuermann’s disease can develop. This disease is more prevalent in adolescents during puberty and their bone growth period. Males are two times more likely to develop kyphosis than females.
Non-operative treatment allows patients to avoid surgery, if possible. Patients can use a cast or brace in an effort to “guide” the vertebrae to grow normally. A brace is usually useful in patients whose bones are still growing. When a brace is used in older patients, it is typically used for spine support and pain relief, but will not alter the curve of the spine.
Depending on the severity of the condition and the recommendations from your doctor, the brace is usually worn from 16 hours to 24/7. A doctor may recommend physical therapy to be supplemented with the back brace.
Operative treatment is usually an option for patients whose kyphosis is more than 75 degrees. Surgery for Scheuermann’s disease will usually involve a fusion on affected vertebrae.
Individuals with this condition should always report their symptoms to their doctor. Use home remedies such as diet alteration, physical therapy, and over the counter pain and inflammation relief medications to help with your recovery. For more information, contact a ONE Brain and Spine specialist today.
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