Slouching, hunching forward or rounded back is often considered just poor posture. In many cases, it is the result of a rarely recognized condition called Scheuermann’s Disease. Similar to scoliosis, Scheuermann’s Disease is a structural exaggerated forward curvature in children and adolescents that can progress into adulthood.
Slouching is often mistaken for poor posture which is flexible and corrects with standing more upright. Scheuermann’s disease is a structural abnormality that develops during adolescent growth. It causes the vertebrae of the spine to be wedge shaped and results in a slouched appearance.
The cause of this condition is unknown. It can result in pain, progressively worsening posture, nerve or spinal cord compromise, and even concerns for heart and lung problems.