What is Kyphosis?

The thoracic portion of the spine has a normal forward curvature, called “kyphosis,” which has a normal range (20 to 50 degrees). This forward curvature is matched by reverse curvatures (called “lordosis” or “sway”) in the cervical spine (the neck) and the lumbar spine (the low back) This combination of forward and reverse curves in the spine allows people to sit and stand upright. Technically, any exaggerated rounding of the forward curvature in the upper back is called hyperkyphosis (meaning too much kyphosis), but the term “kyphosis” is commonly used to refer to the clinical condition of excess curvature of the upper back (greater than 50 degrees), leading to a stooped forward posture.

Signs and Symptoms

Common treatment options of kyphosis include, curve correction, spine stabilization, pain alleviation and improved neurologic function.

Treatment Options

Nonsurgical treatment options will provide pain relief, however it may take a few months for the pain to subside.  Pain relief options include rest, icing the tendon, anti-inflammatory medication and exercises.

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