What is Kyphosis?

Kyphosis comes from the Greek word kyphos meaning “hump”. It is the pathological curving of the spine so that it takes on the profile of a hump in the upper back when viewed from the side. Kyphosis is a symptom of another condition such as osteoporosis where it is sometimes called “dowager’s hump”. It can be caused by degenerative conditions, disease or by trauma to the upper back. Severe bowing of the back leads to breathing difficulties and can become progressively more dangerous as the hunched posture becomes more and more pronounced and squashes internal organs. Mild cases are seen in older children who have developed the habit of slouching and may have an underlying developmental condition. Genetic abnormalities in spine development cause certain types of kyphosis. The doctors at Chapman Spine and Orthopedic Institute are experienced in diagnosing the underlying cause of kyphosis and may be able to provide you or your loved one with lasting relief from this condition.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Kyphosis

Early detection of kyphosis and its underlying causes will result in faster improvement and an overall better response to treatment. This is the type of condition that worsens with time if not addressed as soon as it is suspected. The exact cause must be identified. Endocrine disease, degenerative disease, connective tissue disorder, fractures, developmental problems, disc degeneration, infection, trauma, muscular dystrophy are possibilities that must be ruled in or out. Our diagnostic experts are able to recommend the exact tests that will isolate the condition that is causing the kyphosis so that an effective treatment plan may be developed.

Treatment options uniquely depend on the underlying condition that is causing the kyphosis. Sometimes the treatment is as simple as correcting muscular imbalances through strengthening exercises. Research continues to evolve in the treatment of kyphosis and its underlying causes. Our medical staff specializes in the healing of spinal disorders and can help you or your loved one get the proper treatment so that this condition can be resolved and the quality of life for the patient is improved.

Contact Chapman Spine and Orthopedic Institute
if you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from kyphosis.