hyperkyphosis of the thoracic spine
Scheuermann's Disease is a form of hyperkyphosis of the thoracic spine. Although the cause is unknown, it may be genetic and first begins its course between 12 and 15 years of age. Decreased intervertebral disc space and vertebral wedging create an excessive curve, described as stiff or rigid. The neck and head may present in an abnormal forward position.
A thorough, clinical examination that may include imaging is important to your Scheuermann's Disease management.
Thoracic Spine Exam Description
In office, New Hampshire Spine and Sport uses Cox Technic Flexion Distraction and Decompression to widen the canal space, drop the intradiscal pressure and increase the disc height to relieve pain.
You will welcome the Cox Technic manipulation that gently "pulls you apart," as many patients describe the treatment or say they need. Depending on the severity of your pain and symptoms, gentler side-lying Cox Technic may be applied until 50% relief of pain or supine Cox Technic with you lying face up may be applied to guide your recovery.
Goal of Cox Technic for Thoracic Spine (mid-back)
The disc is pressing on the nerve. Note that as the disc herniation reduces, the pinched nerve is relieved.
This is an animation of the goal of Cox Technic Flexion-Distraction and Decompression: reduced irritation of spinal elements enough to relieve pain and help you regain your quality of life. The amount of decrease in size of the herniated disc necessary for pain relief varies from 0% to 100% for each individual patient.
Cox Technic for Thoracic Spine (mid-back)
In office adjunctive care may hasten your recovery.
At Home Care
At home you may want to avoid sitting for long periods of time, wear a support brace if recommended, take nutritional supplements that help rebuild disc cartilage, do exercises that strengthen your spine, sleep on a supportive mattress, sit in an ergonomically designed chair, and modify your daily activities as needed.
Contact New Hampshire Spine and Sport for gentle, relieving treatment of your Scheuermann's Disease hyperkyphosis.