Kyphosis, Abnormal Outward Curvature of the Spine

Quick Facts about Kyphosis

  • Kyphosis is most common among older women
  • More than 3 million people are diagnosed with kyphosis in the U.S. each year
  • This condition is sometimes referred to as “hunchback”

What is Kyphosis?

Kyphosis, also known as “roundback” or “hunchback”, is an abnormal outward curvature of the thoracic spine. While some degree of curvature is considered normal for the human spine, curves that exceed 50 degrees are considered abnormal. There are three main types of kyphosis that can affect people of all ages. Symptoms of kyphosis differ depending on the type.

Types of Kyphosis

There are several types of kyphosis that can affect people of all ages. Symptoms of kyphosis differ depending on the type.

The 3 most common types of kyphosis are:

  • Postural kyphosis
  • Congenital kyphosis
  • Scheuermann’s kyphosis

Postural Kyphosis

This is the most common type of kyphosis, and is typically diagnosed in teenagers. Postural kyphosis is caused when the bones and muscles develop abnormally. This condition can result in mild discomfort or pain, but does not generally cause problems later in life.

Congenital Kyphosis

This condition is caused during pregnancy when the spine doesn’t develop normally while in the womb. Congenital kyphosis can progress as the child matures, so it’s important to conduct routine check-ups during adolescence for orthopaedic impairments.

Scheuermann’s Kyphosis

Learn about Scheuermann’s kyphosis with Dr. Cronen below, or visit this link.

Treating Kyphosis with Dr. Cronen

Depending on the type, kyphosis can be treated conservatively with medication, braces or physical therapy. For mild cases, surgery may be recommended to correct this condition. Dr. Cronen is nationally recognized for his work with kyphosis patients. Click here to schedule an appointment for kyphosis treatment with Dr. Geoffrey Cronen in Tampa, Florida.

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