Kyphosis may not be a household term, but it is definitely familiar to people with certain back problems. This condition, commonly referred to as hunchback syndrome, is a type of curve in the thoracic spine (the upper back region). Naturally, the spine has a slight curve to help absorb shock and support the head and back. Kyphosis arises when the curve becomes larger than normal and may look like the letter “C”. At ONE Brain and Spine Center, Dr. Burak Ozgur works to correct any spine condition that could get in the way of a patient’s normal, day-to-day activities. ONE specializes in brain and spine therapies and offers the most effective treatment plans for spinal conditions. Located in Irvine, California, ONE Brain and Spine Center continues to provide exceptional patient care to all brain and spine patients.
If the arch of a person’s spine is more than 45 degrees, it is considered abnormal. The risk of kyphosis is greater with this circumstance. If you think you may have kyphosis, you will notice a visible hump on your back and from the side; the back will be noticeably protruding.
There are several causes of kyphosis. The condition can actually affect people at any age, but is typically brought on by poor posture. This kind of kyphosis is referred to as postural kyphosis. Other causes include:
- Congenital- The condition is present from birth; disturbs the proper development of the spine, ie: Spina bifida
- Traumatic- From an injury or trauma
- Iatrogenic factors- From a medical treatment/ surgery
- Slipped discs
- Scoliosis- Spinal curvature
- Osteoporosis- A condition that leaves bones brittle and prone to fracture.
- Muscular dystrophy
- Diseases of the endocrine system of connective tissues
Treatment should be sought when a patient experiences pain, breathing difficulties, or fatigue. Kyphosis was originally treated with a body cast. As medicine became more advanced, other options were offered including medication, physical therapy, back braces, and if all else fails, surgery.
If kyphosis is diagnosed along with osteoporosis, a physician may suggest a patient to increase their calcium and vitamin D intake, hormone replacement therapy, and/or weight bearing exercises.
If kyphosis is left untreated it could lead to severe health problems. These problems, such as difficulty breathing and pain, will only worsen over time. Seeing a physical therapist or seeking chiropractic care is extremely beneficial to reducing restless symptoms.
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