3. Physical Therapy Treatment Principles
Therapists seeing structural hyperkyphosis patients (such as Scheuermann’s Disease) should ideally have specific continuing education or refer to trained therapists. However, specialized care may not be readily available in all communities and continuing education may not be possible for all therapists. Therefore, this chapter will educate therapists on entry level concepts for treating hyperkyphosis when specialized therapy is not available. Fundamentals of physical therapy treatment will be described, using sagittal correction principles, respiration, and stability. Additional orthopedic considerations will be described for manual therapy, proprioception, joint mobilization, taping and exercise that can benefit hyperkyphosis patients.