Hamstring tightness and Scheuermann's disease a pilot study

Am J Phys Med. 1981 Jun;60(3):122-5.


The lateral radiographs of the dorsal spines of 20 patients presenting with mainly low back pain are studied. These patients had clinically evident loss of flexion in the low dorsal spine and very tight hamstring muscles. 85% of them showed definite evidence of previous Scheuermann's Disease. The possibility that tight hamstrings may be an important factor in the aetiology of this disease is discussed, and a further large scale study is proposed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Back / physiopathology*
  • Back Pain / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Muscle Tonus*
  • Muscles / physiopathology
  • Radiography
  • Scheuermann Disease / diagnostic imaging
  • Scheuermann Disease / etiology*
  • Spine / diagnostic imaging
  • Spine / physiopathology