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:
What causes kyphosis?
- Poor posture
- Abnormally shaped vertebrae
- Abnormal development of the spine in the womb
- 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
- 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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