Scheuermann's kyphosis

Scheuermann's kyphosis is a condition in which the front sections of the vertebrae (small bones that make up the spine) grow more slowly than the back sections during childhood.

This difference in growth means the vertebrae grow into the shape of a wedge, when they should grow into the shape of a rectangle. These wedge-shaped bones don’t stack up in a straight line. As a result the spine develops a forward angle as it grows. The forward bend of the spine is called kyphosis

The curve usually happens during a time when the bones are growing very quickly. Often this is between age 10 and 15 but for some patients it worsens when they are adults. The condition is thought to be quite rare but the number of people affected is not truly known as it is often put down to poor posture. It affects both men and women in equal numbers.

Patients with Scheuermann's kyphosis often have back pain, especially during the early teenage years. This pain usually decreases when a person gets closer to adulthood. The pain is rarely severe enough to affect daily activity.

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