Kyphosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine which causes the top of the back to appear more rounded than normal. We all have some curvature to our spine but a curve of more than 45 degrees is considered excessive. Most people know it as “hunchback.” A common cause is a spinal compression fracture which can be seen below:

Vertebra Normal Illustration - No Kyphosis

Normal Vertebra

Fractured Vertebra - With Kyphosis

Fractured Vertebra

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

What causes kyphosis?

  • Poor posture
  • Abnormally shaped vertebrae
  • Abnormal development of the spine in the womb
  • Age
  • Spinal injury
  • Spinal compression fracture

No matter the cause, it is often difficult to correct kyphosis without surgical intervention.

Symptoms of kyphosis

  • Mild to severe back pain
  • Back pain with movement
  • Fatigue
  • Tenderness and stiffness in the spine
  • Forward posture of the head
  • Chest pain or difficulty breathing (severe cases)
  • Difference in shoulder height
  • Tight hamstrings

Depression and mental health issues sometimes develop as a result of the above symptoms.

Treatment options for kyphosis

At Deuk Spine Institute, we offer different treatment options for kyphosis. Our doctors perform a procedure called a kyphoplasty in order to fix the spinal fracture with a medical-grade cement. To learn more about kyphoplasty, click here.

Are you or a loved one experiencing back pain or other symptoms? Deuk Spine Institute is always accepting new patient inquiries. To learn more, contact us or give us a call at 1-800-FIX-MY-BACK.

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