Scheuermann's disease, also called painful adolescent vertebral epiphysitis, is an alteration of the spine
that occurs during adolescence
. It is more common in boys than in girls, and is observed by the presence of a dorsal kyphosis
, a major spinal curvature. Scheuermann's disease can be asymptomatic and be discovered during an x-ray
of the spine showing an exaggerated thoracic kyphosis
, but sometimes causes pain
or stiffness. Generally, Scheuermann's disease can be corrected by physical therapy, strengthening the back and abdominal muscles
, or wearing a corset.