Scheuermann’s disease is a common disease that mostly affects teenagers during their growth. It is a condition in which one or more of the bones of the spine (vertebrae) develop wedge-shaped deformities.
Inadequate blood supply to the vertebral cartilage is a major cause of Scheuermann’s disease. Indeed, if they are poorly irrigated, they tend to deteriorate and no longer perform their sock-absorbing function, which eventually leads to painful sensations in the spine. The disease manifests itself by the back’s curbed appearance, and is especially common during puberty. The spine deforms and the patient feels pain.
Scheuermann’s disease affects the spine, usually around the chest area and manifests itself through pain sensations that appear between the shoulder blades, especially after remaining in a standing or seated position for an extended period of time. The ache is aggravated by factors like obesity or by taking part in a sport that is not well-suited to the child’s age or stature. Sometimes, the lesions to the spine are caused by carrying loads that are too heavy during one’s growing phase.
Scheuermann’s disease can sometimes be asymptomatic, in which case it is only detected by chance, during an x-ray that may be prescribed for other reasons. The most visible sign of the disease is a rounded back, sometimes combined to a hump. The back may also start to get stiff. The most common symptom is increased pain after carrying out physical effort or after remaining in a prolonged seated position, such as when being in class for example.
Particularly well-suited for treating cell and tissue disorders that are accompanied by a substantial presence of calcium and phosphorus, Calcarea phosphorica, which comes in the form of a white powder containing various kinds of phosphates, is recommended for the treatment of dorsal kyphosis. Thus, the patient needs to take a weekly dose of Calcarea phosphorica 30 CH during a 6-month period. The method of administration is oral and the granules are to be left to dissolve under the tongue. Note that this medication should be taken outside of meals and should not be combined to tobacco, mint or coffee. In the presence of inflammatory rheumatic diseases, it will be necessary to supplement the treatment with weekly doses of Silicea 15 CH, to be taken over a 4-month period.
When the back hurts, especially during a spinal percussion test, a medical consultation becomes necessary since it can help diagnose Scheuermann’s disease on time in order to undergo the appropriate treatment as early as possible. Similarly, when the hyperextension cannot reduce kyphosis, it is advisable to seek further medical attention.
• Calcarea Fluorica
• Calcarea Phosphorica
Good to know: The homoeopathic remedies Calcarea carbonica and Sulphur iodatum may also be prescribed in the treatment of Scheuermann’s disease and can relieve back pain among teenagers affected by this condition.