Kyphosis is a curvature of the spine that causes a rounding of the back, creating a hunched or slouching posture.
A form of it that affects adolescents is known as Scheuermann’s disease, and is caused by several bones of the spine (vertebrae) wedging together.
What Causes Kyphosis?
There are several common causes of kyphosis in adults, including:
Other diseases can cause kyphosis, including:
Signs and Symptoms
In addition to the obvious hunch in the back, other symptoms of kyphosis include:
Diagnosis and Testing
Your doctor will conduct a physical examination to determine the nature of the curvature of your spine, and will also look for any underlying problems associated with it. Some additional tests may include:
What Treatments Are Offered?
The cause of the kyphosis will determine the treatment of it, including:
Any time there is involvement with the nervous system, surgery may be required, in order to relieve pressure on the spine.