Chiropractic can often help resolve kyphosis that is caused by poor posture. If your kyphosis is due to trauma or other issues, chiropractic can still provide much-needed relief from many of your symptoms—including pain and stiffness.
Can thoracic kyphosis be corrected?
Surgery. Surgery can usually correct the appearance of the back and may help to relieve pain but it carries quite a high risk of complications. Surgery is only recommended for more severe cases of kyphosis, where it’s felt the potential benefits of surgery outweigh the risks.
What kind of doctor can fix kyphosis?
You may be referred to a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of spine disorders (orthopedic surgeon).
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 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.
How do you manage kyphosis?
Physical therapy: Exercises can strengthen abdominal and back muscles to relieve pain and improve posture. Other exercises can stretch tight hamstrings and strengthen other areas of the body. Pain medication: An-inflammatory medicines can relieve back pain. Back brace: Your provider may recommend a brace in rare cases.
What organs does kyphosis affect?
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.
Why is my upper back curving?
An increased front-to-back curve of the upper spine is called kyphosis. Kyphosis is an exaggerated, forward rounding of the back. It can occur at any age but is most common in older women. Age-related kyphosis is often due to weakness in the spinal bones that causes them to compress or crack.
What muscles are weak in kyphosis?
When we allow our shoulders to round forward (known as kyphosis), our anterior muscles (pectoralis major and minor) become tight due to always being in a shortened state while our posterior shoulder muscles (trapezius, rhomboids, and rotator cuff muscles) become lengthened and weak.
Can poor posture cause kyphosis?
Poor posture in childhood, such as slouching, leaning back in chairs and carrying heavy schoolbags, can cause the ligaments and muscles that support the vertebrae to stretch. This can pull the thoracic vertebrae out of their normal position, resulting in kyphosis.
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.