SpineCor, An Effective Kyphosis Treatment
Kyphosis, also known as Scheuermann’s Disorder or Scheuermann’s Kyphosis, affects the sagittal plane, or side view (see illustration) of the spine. The normal thoracic spine (upper spine) should have a gentle rounding behind the shoulders. Typical cases of thoracic kyphosis treatments include curves from 20° to 40° when viewed from the side. Once the curve progresses beyond those degrees, kyphosis is considered to be present. Most patients discover Kyphosis after they receive comments about their poor posture. However, x-rays provide the best diagnosis and allow for measurement of the degrees of curve.
Kyphosis treatment options depend on the patient’s age, the degree of the curve and symptoms the patient may be experiencing. Our doctors specialize in treating kyphosis with the SpineCor Brace. We have seen excellent results in both children and adults by fitting them with a flexible kyphosis brace. In children who have reasonable spinal flexibility and much growing to do (typically ages 9-14), the SpineCor Brace can provide several degrees of correction, or stop the progression through significant growth. For adults, correction can only be slight. However, the brace can halt curve progression due to spinal degeneration and provide improved posture and pain reduction.