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Scheuermann's Kyphosis

From the side view, our back aren’t supposed to be perfectly upright - it's natural to have gentle curves. In our upper back (thoracic spine) its normal to have forward rounding - we call this kyphosis. In our lower back (lumbar spine) its normal to have a backwards scoop - we call this lordosis. 

Hyperkyphosis refers to any excessive rounding of the upper back, resulting in an abnormal curve. Hyperkyphosis is mostly a ‘functional’ issue, resulting from a slouched forward posture (think screen time). However, hyperkyphosis can also be a ‘structural’ issue, resulting from changes in the bones of your spine during adolescence - we call this Scheurmann’s kyphosis. Let's break these two terms down a little more: 

  • Postural kyphosis: Functional in nature - chiefly due to poor postural habits causing a forward rounded posture.

  • Scheuermann’s kyphosis: Structural in nature - resulting from changes in the spine itself. During adolescence, one to three vertebrae become wedge-shaped; shorter at the front and taller at the back. Although Scheuermann’s kyphosis occurs mostly during adolescence, symptoms can progress throughout adulthood. Symptoms of Scheuermann’s kyphosis include; pain, limited flexibility and reduced respiratory efficiency.


What can we do to help?

Conservative management can help both teens and adults with hyperkyphosis; no matter whether it's postural or Scheuermann's in nature. At Curv, we offer Schroth method physiotherapy exercises taught by a Schroth certified physiotherapist. After completing one-to-one sessions with the physiotherapist, clients may join group classes with other similarly-aged and similarly-skilled clients. These group classes encourage peer support and accountability to do exercises, and lower costs for families.


Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis-Specific Exercises

Physiotherapeutic scoliosis-specific exercises (PSSE) are a specialised form of physiotherapy aimed at managing and reducing the progression of kyphosis. These exercises are individually tailored to address the specific needs of each patient and their unique spinal curvature. Research suggests these exercises can help reduce the degrees of the curve, improve postural alignment, increase trunk muscle strength, and enhance overall function. 

Treatment goals 

  • Prevent progression of the kyphosis (teens) and prevent further degeneration of the spine (adults)

  • Help improve posture.

  • Decrease pain symptoms through curve specific strengthening

  • Increase your education on movements to be cautious of, and appropriate modifications to your daily activities

  • Improve respiratory efficiency



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