Tagged: Scheuermann's Disorder
- SarahjaneParticipantJune 4, 2019 at 9:36 pmPost count: 3
Dear Dr Corenman,
I am 41. I was told I have Schuermann’s kyphosis about 8 years ago after first experiencing thoracic pain and spasms. I had degeneration throughout my thoracic spine and mildly bulging discs between t6 and t9.
Two years ago on my next MIR I was told I have a kyphoscoliosis and an incidental syrinx was seen in thoracic region.
I do get periods of thoracic pain and occasional spasms of my upper back. I attend physio regularly where my thoracic spine is mobilised.
In the last few months I have developed thoracic pain at night at the bra line. I lie on my side and it feels like it is a single area/disc which is being pinched. It can radiate around into my rib area.It is too painful to lie on the right side. It tends to occur if I try to sleep on a little on.a weekend or I am away and sleeping in a different bed. It goes away after about ten minutes of getting up and being upright.
It’s disturbing my sleep and although I am used to pain in my back this is on another level when it occurs.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorJune 5, 2019 at 1:24 pmPost count: 7481
Scheuermann’s disorder is an increase of the thoracic kyphosis (curve) due to degenerative changes of the vertebral bodies and discs. See https://www.neckandback.com/conditions/hyperkyphosis-scheuermanns-disease/.
Mobilization of the thoracic spine is important but strengthening of the extensor muscles is also important. You would need to use a machine that strengthens the muscles that “pull you back”. The best one is a rowing machine but there are others that do similar actions.
If pain continues, an epidural injection can be helpful. It is unlikely that the curve could advance but does need to be watched and measured every once in a while.
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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