Scheuermann's Disease

Scheuermann's disease is a form of kyphosis – a type of front-to-back curvature of the spine – found only in adolescents. The curvature results when several vertebrae get wedged together, usually for unknown reasons.

The expert team of doctors at UT Southwestern’s Spine Center specialize in all available evidence-based treatments for Scheuermann's disease – both medical and surgical.

When surgery is recommended, our skilled surgeons can perform procedures minimally invasively in many cases to reduce recovery time. We offer our patients the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies and techniques, including specialized spine imaging.

Our multidisciplinary approach gets you access to neurosurgeons, orthopaedists, and other specialists with one call. We strive to coordinate, facilitate, and expedite patient care, and save our patients time.

Our goal is to partner with our patients in their care, get them back to health as soon as possible, and help them achieve the best outcomes.

Diagnosis

If we believe you have Scheuermann's disease, we will conduct a thorough physical examination and measure the curve of your spine (scoliometer screening).

Spine imaging studies typically used to evaluate and diagnose Scheuermann's disease include x-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Neurological, pulmonary function, and other types of testing also may be used in some cases.

Treatments

After diagnosis, we’ll make sure you see the right experts to treat your specific symptoms. We will create a care plan that minimizes the number of visits you need to make while also providing you with the support you need. In addition, a Spine Center nurse is on call to answer questions through our online form.

Treatment for Scheuermann's disease depends on the severity and location of the curve in the spine, its cause, and whether or not the patient is still growing.

Some people with Scheuermann's disease don’t require treatment, while others benefit from wearing customized back braces and participating in spine rehabilitation therapy.

In some cases, fusion surgery to join the problem vertebrae is the best treatment option for patients with Scheuermann's disease. The specialized orthopaedic surgeons at the UT Southwestern Spine Center often are able to perform this procedure minimally invasively.

Clinical Trials

UT Southwestern conducts clinical trials aimed at improving the treatment of spinal conditions such as Scheuermann's disease. Talk with your doctor to see if a clinical trial is right for you.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a specialist in Scheuermann's disease at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.