Scheuermanns Disease and Adults with Scoliosis
More evidence is emerging with regard to pain management in adults who developed scoliosis as a child or adolescent, or those who have acquired it in later life. We hear many stories of adults who have developed chronic and debilitating back pain as a result of scoliosis, and many of the treatments available on the NHS are either invasive or not very effective. In many cases, the application of a custom-made RSC brace alongside a bespoke Schroth Therapy programme can be highly effective in managing the pain.
This table includes information and data regarding the treatment of older people with scoliosis – as you can see, there is a heavy emphasis on specific exercises for managing pain – part-time bracing will help as an adjunct to therapy. Locally in Cardiff, we can offer individual consultations, but there is also an opportunity for working within a group setting as well.
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Scheuermanns Disease (or Scheuermanns Kyphosis) is a condition where the thoracic vertebrae become wedged, causing a ‘hunch back’. it’s more prevalent in boys than girls, and can be treated very effectively with a combination of an orthosis called the sBrace made by Ortholutions. It is probably one of the most elegant braces of its kind, being very low profile and also highly effective. It is important that the correct course of physiotherapy is followed to maximise its effect. In addition, conservative management following Schroth principles promotes a flexible, healthy spine. The condition can have long-term effects, including chronic pain, poor posture and low self-esteem associated with problems with body image.
Advanced Scheuermanns disease causes wedging of the vertebrae, so early intervention after diagnosis is important
The sBrace comes in various forms – one or two piece, ready-made modules or custom made on the CAD/CAM system, all depending upon your needs. Due to the advanced material and design, it fits easily under clothing, offering discrete, effective correction throughout the day. Your therapist will also design a comprehensive programme of stretches and muscle strengthening exercises to complement the use of the brace.