To diagnose kyphosis, your doctor will perform a physical exam and observe how you walk and move. You may be asked to bend in different directions to test your flexibility and to observe your spine more clearly. Your doctor may also test your reflexes, sensations and muscle strength.
What organs are affected by kyphosis?
Severe cases of kyphosis can affect the nerves, lungs, organs, and tissue with pain and other issues. In very severe cases, the spine can cause the rib cage to press against the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. The extent of effects caused by kyphosis depends on the underlying condition and age.
How is Kyphoscoliosis diagnosed?
Kyphoscoliosis is diagnosed initially by physical features of a posterior rib hump, uneven shoulder height, or abnormal posture. Delineation of the type of scoliosis and the vertebrae and ribs involved requires imaging, initially with an anterior-posterior and lateral view of the entire spine.
What is the best treatment of kyphosis?
- Over-the-counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol, can help relieve any back pain.
- Regular exercise and a course of physiotherapy may be recommended to help strengthen the muscles in your back.
How long does it take to correct kyphosis?
The surgery for kyphosis is a posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation. The surgery itself takes four to five hours with a hospital stay of three to four days. The recovery is typically four to six weeks at home.
Is kyphosis a disability?
Kyphosis is not usually the direct cause of significant disability, but like scoliosis, it can cause discomfort, pain and lost productivity when it happens in conjunction with other serious conditions or injuries.
How do you deal with kyphosis?
In fact, postural kyphosis is rather easily corrected with education about proper posture and some retraining on how to sit and stand correctly. Treatment does not need to include casting, bracing, or exercise. However, strengthening the back muscles can help with proper posture.
Is kyphosis worse than scoliosis?
“Kyphosis can be more painful than scoliosis,” says Dr. Arlet. If the curve or the pain is severe enough, surgery may be an option.
What are symptoms of Kyphoscoliosis?
The most obvious physical symptom of kyphoscoliosis is a hunched or uneven back. This spinal condition comes with a number of other mild symptoms, including: hunched back.
More severe symptoms include:
- back pain.
- trouble breathing.
- weakness or paralysis.
- decreased appetite.
- neurological issues.
What is the most common cause of kyphosis?
The most common type of kyphosis, postural kyphosis usually happens during the teenage years. Slouching or poor posture stretches the ligaments and muscles holding the vertebrae (spinal bones) in place. That stretching pulls the vertebrae out of their normal position, causing a rounded shape in the spine.