Kyphosis treatment

People rarely seek kyphosis treatment as the condition is rarely diagnosed due to the fact that it normally goes away naturally. Basically, your thoaric spine will have a kyphotic curve which is used as a shock absorber for your spine. In some cases the curve can develop itself and become a condition called kyphotic curvature. This condition could also be referred to by its often used nickname “hunchback”.

The severity of the condition can vary dramatically depending on your specific situation but usually it is not overly painful. There are some notable symptoms of kyphotic curvature but generally the list is not detailed enough to get a proper diagnosis from it. Even if the condition is diagnosed, kyphosis treatment is not too excessive and is not even necessary.

What Causes Kyphotic Curvature

There are many different possible causes to kyphotic curvature. The most common cause of the condition would be having a bad posture. Over time if you continue to use a poor posture it can definitely affect your body negatively. Kyphotic curvature as a result of bad posture is most oftenly attributed to those that regularly slump or go out most of the day with their head tilted downwards.

Kyphotic carvature could be a symptom of other conditions. If you suffer from osteoporosis then it is definitely possible that you have this condition as well. People suffering from an extreme case of lumbar lordosis may even notice kyphotic curvature as a symptom to that condition. Kyphotic curvature may even be a congenital condition for some people. Kyphotic curvature sometimes shows up shortly after birth but goes away naturally over a period of time.

Diagnosing Kyphotic Curvature
If you believe you might have kyphotic curvature then you will want to get it diagnosed properly. Usually either an X-ray or spinal MRI will be performed in order to determine your condition and how severe it is. Depending on the severity of the curve your doctor may suggest a more serious treatment option.

Kyphosis Treatment Methods

Kyphosis treatment is not always needed but in some of the more severe cases it would be recommended. The necessary treatment for the condition will depend on what type of kyphotic curve your body has. The three different types of the condition include hyperkyphosis, Scheuermann’s disease, and Gibbus deformity. Finding out which form of the condition you have can definitely help to know what type of kyphosis treatment could help you.

Even the more severe cases of this condition are usually not very painful and usually do not have any noted symptoms. If you are one of the very few that actually have a much more serious condition then you may notice some possibly serious symptoms but it is definitely not common. If you happen to notice that your condition is extremely hard to deal with then you may need kyphosis treatment.

Kyphosis treatment methods for the more serious cases would include: pain killer medication, physical therapy, and using a back brace. In some very rare cases it may be necessary that you get surgery as a form of kyphosis treatment. This is only necessary if during diagnosis it is determined that your body could have serious negative neurological effects due to the curve developing further. One example of a sign that surgery would be needed for the condition would be pinched nerves.

Surgery is obviously going to be the last choice as a kyphosis treatment method but if it is needed then you will have to get it done to prevent the condition possibly worsening. Usually spinal fusion is the most effective kyphosis treatment method but your doctor will be able to determine what your best option is at the moment. Visit your doctor immediately if pain persists due to this condition but do not get kyphosis treatment if you are not certain that the condition is serious enough to be treated. This is especially true for treating it with pain medication as it could lead to drug abuse, especially if it was not necessary to begin with.

Last updated on Feb 19th, 2010 and filed under Musculoskeletal Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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