Scheuermann Disease Follow-up

Updated: Feb 01, 2017
  • Author: Jozef E Nowak, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

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  • Patients with Scheuermann's disease most commonly are treated successfully on an outpatient basis. Conservative measures may include rest, NSAIDs, bracing, and physical therapy. See Rehabilitation Program for more information. The physician should schedule regular follow-up visits over the course of treatment to monitor progress and modify the plan of care when necessary.
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Further Inpatient Care

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  • For rare cases of Scheuermann's disease that require surgical intervention, the patient typically is hospitalized for a recovery time following the operation. Inpatient care focuses on pain control, mobility training, and patient education.
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Complications

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  • Complications that may develop from Scheuermann's disease include chronic back pain, progressive deformity, and neurologic deficits. Following operative treatment, the most common complication is pseudoarthrosis, following by instrumentation failure and secondary loss of correction.
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Patient Education

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  • Patient education is very important throughout the treatment process for Scheuermann's disease. Patients who are treated with bracing need to be educated in the proper techniques of donning and doffing of their braces, as well as in an appropriate wearing schedule. An exercise program needs to be presented to the patient, with a focus on spinal extension exercises and hamstring stretching. Education is necessary also to improve the patient's posture and overall body mechanics with daily activities.
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