Normal Function of Skeletal System Vs. Scheuermann’s Disease’s Effect on the Skeletal System

The skeletal and muscle system are both affected by Scheuermann’s Disease. Primarily damage is done to the vertebrae bodies and the discs. Later in life Osteoporosis may develop, if Scheuermann’s Disease is left untreated during adolescence. Normally in a person not afflicted by Scheuermann’s Disease the back can occasionally cause mild pain and discomfort but this is easily treated with regular exercise and stretching. The disc’s in the back act primarily as shock absorbers for the vertebrae, like a soft cushion. The vertebrae act as little segments of the spine which give us the ability to be flexible and bendable. If our spines where just one solid piece of bone like a rib our range of motion would be greatly effected. The spinal cord is also a major component in our bodies, being a part of the nervous system means that nerves translate messages from specific organs and body parts and relays it back to the brain. For people with Scheuermann’s Disease often times the nerves in the lower lumbar part of the spine will cause discomfort and/or uncomfortableness.

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