Kyphosis (derived by the Greek word “kyphos”, meaning hunchback) is a spine deformity creating a convexity (stooped posture).
Every person has a normal kyphosis of 20 – 40o. More than this is considered to be abnormal.
It is a condition found from childhood through old age and it affects boys more often than girls.
Kyphosis may be caused by wrong body posture, something observed mainly in non-fit people. Moreover, it can be found in children and adolescents as idiopathic kyphosis, having unknown causes. In older ages it has other causes, such as osteoporosis, arthritis, etc.
As time goes by, there is a great chance of the kyphotic angulation to grow, because, in order for balance to be maintained, lumbar lordosis is also increased. As the cervical spine is also affected, this results in cervical spondylosis. In most cases of adult kyphosis, the condition either has existed since adolescence, or it appears as a result of an osteoporotic fracture.
In younger ages, there is usually minimal pain and a severe hunchback. On the contrary, in people of older ages suffering from kyphosis with severe deformities, pain is quite intense. The major symptoms are:
Depending on the problem’s severity, kyphosis may be treated either surgically or conservatively. During a conservative treatment, a combination of a special brace and kinesiotherapy is indicated, in order for the proper body posture to be restored and the pain to subside.
As with scoliosis, kyphosis also must be radiologically examined almost every six months. Nowadays, part of it has been replaced by the Formetric 4D method, which uses no radiation. At the Scoliosis SLC, we are capable of offering the strengths of this technology.
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