Conditions & Treatments

Spine Disorders

Kyphosis



James Megan

Kyphosis is a progressive disorder that causes an exaggerated rounding of the thoracic spine (upper back), which can cause a forward lean or hunched forward posture. It is often the result of degeneration or osteoporosis.

Children and adolescents can also be diagnosed with kyphosis. The curve may straighten out or potentially progress as the child continues to grow. Physical therapy is often recommended to improve strength and posture.

Scheuermann’s Kyphosis is a type of kyphosis caused by a malformation of the vertebrae in which the front of the vertebra is shorter than the back, giving the bone a “wedged” appearance. If 3 or more bones are misshapen, it can cause the entire upper back to hunch forward. This type of kyphosis is more likely to cause pain.

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