About The Scheuermann's Disease Fund
To dramatically improve public awareness of Scheuermann’s Disease, or Scheuermann’s Kyphosis as it is sometimes called, as well as to improve the lives of those living with the disease and its long-term secondary effects. Our goals are to provide funding for research, that may include genetic testing and long-term case studies, and to raise awareness to help aid in the early detection of Scheuermann’s Disease.
The Scheuermann’s Disease Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation is the first of its kind to help those suffering from Scheuermann’s Disease and its long-term secondary effects.
Scheuermann's Disease is a spinal (skeletal) disease that typically presents itself in children during adolescence. It is often noted by an accentuated curvature, or "hunched back" and if left untreated, may lead to significant health complications later in life. Studies suggest that about 2% of the population is affected by this disease.
For the worst sufferers of Scheuermann’s Disease, the effects may include rapid acceleration of degenerative disc disease, a sedentary lifestyle as a result of radiating spinal pain, multiple surgeries to correct spinal and body deformities, debilitating lower back pain, erosive spinal osteoarthritis, significant mental stress associated with chronic pain, and severe depression and anxiety.
Scheuermann’s Disease is believed to be caused by abnormal bone growth in the vertebrae, potentially by an interruption of blood flow. This happens most often during a growth spurt in adolescence that causes the vertebrae to change from a healthy rectangular shape to triangular wedge shapes.