Does kyphosis run in families?
In many cases, two or more of the vertebrae fuse together. It’s often unclear why certain children are affected in this way. However, some cases of congenital kyphosis run in families, so it seems genetics also play a role in this type of kyphosis.
How do you get Scheuermann’s kyphosis?
Scheuermann’s kyphosis is a “developmental” type of kyphosis, meaning that it occurs during growth. Wedging of the vertebrae causes this condition. The vertebrae are normally rectangular-shaped and stacked on top of one another like building blocks with a soft cushion in between each one.
What organs are affected by kyphosis?
Severe cases of kyphosis can affect the nerves, lungs, organs, and tissue with pain and other issues. In very severe cases, the spine can cause the rib cage to press against the lungs, making it difficult to breathe.
Does Scheuermann’s disease get worse with age?
Scheuermann’s disease does not typically get worse once the individual has stopped growing. For adults with Scheuermann’s kyphosis, the treatment is usually observation, anti-inflammatory medications (such as NSAIDs).
Can Scheuermann’s kyphosis be reversed?
Most cases of kyphosis don’t require treatment.
Kyphosis caused by poor posture (postural kyphosis) can usually be corrected by improving your posture. If a child has kyphosis as a result of abnormally shaped vertebrae (Scheuermann’s kyphosis), treatment depends on factors such as: the person’s age. their sex.