Background: To describe the chiropractic management of a patient with Scheuermann’s kyphosis.
Case presentation: An 18-year-old male sought care for thoracic spine pain of over 6 weeks’ duration. Thoracic flexion and lumbar spine flexion/extension were decreased. Digital postural analysis showed postural kyphosis, anterior head carriage, shoulder protraction and posterior translation of the thorax relative to the pelvis. Radiographs demonstrated multiple spinal levels with endplate irregularities, suggestive of Schmorl’s nodes primarily involving the thoracic spine with associated reduced anterior vertebral body heights. Thoracic kyphosis measured 908 from T1 to T11, with a left thoracic list and right rotation with right lateral lumbar curvature.
Conclusions: An 18-year-old man with Scheuermann’s kyphosis was successfully managed using a combination of chiropractic adjustments and postural exercises. This suggests a role for chiropractic care for Scheuermann’s kyphosis. Further research is necessary to examine this in more detail.
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