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Upper Spine FAQ

Question:

My 13-year old daughter has just been diagnosed with Scheuermann's disease. She's going to have to wear a brace. What can we expect for results with this treatment?

Answer:

Scheuermann's disease or kyphosis is a rigid deformity of the spine. Instead of a flexible spine, the back becomes stuck in a rounded or curved position. The condition usually affects the upper back but can occur in the upper lumbar area.

Bracing and exercises are often the first treatment choices. They work best when the spine is still flexible. The patient must be young enough that the bones haven't stopped growing yet. Skeletally mature patients don't usually respond to bracing.

Your daughter will be followed closely using X-rays to measure the curve. Surgery may be needed if bracing fails to hold the spine.

José A. Herrera-Soto, MD, et al. Experience with Combined Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) Anterior Spinal Release and Posterior Spinal Fusion in Scheuermann's Kyphosis. In Spine. October 1, 2005. Vol. 30. No. 19. Pp. 2176-2181.

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