KYPHOSIS

Description

  • The spine in the upper back has an excessive curvature
  • Natural arch is larger than normal
  • Top of the back appears more rounded than normal

Symptoms

  • Appearance of poor posture with a hunchback
  • Back pain
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Stiffness in the back
  • Weakness
  • Loss of sensation

Causes

  • Old age
  • Muscle weakness in the upper back
  • Osteoporosis
  • Disk degeneration
  • Cancer and cancer treatments
  • Injury to the spine
  • Scoliosis (spinal curvature)

Diagnostic Tests

  • Medical history
  • X ray
  • Computerized tomography (CT scan)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Nerve tests

Treatment

  • Physical therapy
  • Braces (in children and teens)
  • Corrective surgery
  • Medication for pain
  • Weight loss
  • Mild pain relievers
  • Antiinflammatory medications
  • Osteoporosis drugs

Medications

  • Tylenol
  • Advil, Motrin IB
  • Aleve

Lifestyle Management

  • Stretching exercises
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Maintaining good bone density
  • Practice yoga everyday