Kyphosis is an irregular rounding in the upper spine. This irregular rounding of the spine is commonly referred to as hunchback, due to the extreme bowing in the upper back which creates a humplike curvature. Kyphosis is a degenerative disease that occurs with the wedging of the spinal bones or disc compression.
What Causes Kyphosis?
There are several types of Kyphosis, and while most are commonly seen in older women, it can also develop during infancy and adolescence. Scheuermann’s disease is a type of Kyphosis that appears during the adolescent growth spurt. Disc compression, which can cause Kyphosis, may develop due to trauma, osteoporosis, arthritis, heavy lifting, Scheuermann’s disease, general disc wear and tear or a genetic predisposition and to disc degeneration.
Symptoms of Kyphosis
In mild cases, there may be no symptoms. In severe cases, a person can experience:
- Ongoing discomfort
- Debilitating pain
- Shortness of breath
- Cardiovascular abnormalities
- Digestion difficulties
- Negative neurological effects
The MISI Approach to Kyphosis Treatments
There is no cure, only treatment options, for Kyphosis. In mild cases, a physician will typically monitor a patient and treat any symptoms which may be associated with the disease. In cases where kyphosis is well-developed, the patient will most likely require spinal fusion surgery to restore the spine to its normal curvature.
Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.