Arlet says it’s more common in adults. This is because kyphosis is usually related to degeneration of the spine, which is natural wear and tear of the spine’s bones and ligaments. One type of kyphosis that’s more common in young teens is Scheuermann disease.
Is scoliosis very common?
Scoliosis is a common spine condition often found in adolescents. Roughly 3 million new cases of the condition are diagnosed in the United States each year, with a majority of them identified as idiopathic scoliosis — a type of scoliosis that presents in children between 10 to 12 years old.
Where is kyphosis common?
Kyphosis is most common in the thoracic spine, though it can also affect the cervical and lumbar spine. There are several causes of kyphosis in adults. The first is congenital, which means it is a condition present from birth. A congenital spine problem affects the development of the spine.
What does scoliosis pain feel like?
Jayme F: “It feels like a stiffness and tightness in my lower back.” While more common in adults, stiffness and tightness of the lower back can be a common scoliosis-related symptom. As the body tries to adjust to the abnormal spinal curvature, muscles and ligaments can become stretched and strained from overuse.
Can a curved spine be corrected?
In moderate to severe cases, scoliosis may be corrected through bracing and/or surgery. If you suspect scoliosis, you should consult your doctor about an appropriate treatment plan.
What happens if kyphosis is left untreated?
As with postural kyphosis, the condition is usually diagnosed in adolescence. When left untreated, Scheuermann’s kyphosis can progress. Accompanying pain and cosmetic deformity can also be anticipated.
How should you sleep if you have scoliosis?
In terms of sleeping position, the best position for someone with scoliosis is to sleep flat on their back. The use of pillows to fill the gaps between the back and the mattress help to keep the spine in a straight and neutral position.
What should I avoid if I have scoliosis?
People with scoliosis should avoid: Keeping the neck bent forward, so the head faces down, such as when using a smartphone. Playing football and other high-contact sports are dangerous for people with scoliosis. Ballet and gymnastics may also injure the thoracic spine.
How long does it take to correct kyphosis?
The curve in your spine is straightened using metal rods, screws and hooks, and your spine is fused into place using bone grafts. Bone grafts usually use donated bone but it may taken from another place in your body, such as the pelvis. The procedure takes 4 to 8 hours and is carried out under general anaesthetic.
What is the best treatment for kyphosis?
Treatment for postural kyphosis and Scheuermann’s kyphosis may include regular X-rays to monitor the curve, physical therapy and, in some cases, a back brace. For congenital kyphosis (and severe Scheuermann’s kyphosis), spinal fusion surgery can relieve pain and correct the curvature.