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How is kyphosis diagnosed?

Physical examination by a health care provider confirms the abnormal curvature of the spine. The doctor will also look for any neurologic changes (weakness, paralysis, or changes in sensation) below the level of the curve. A spine X-ray will be done to document the severity of the curve and allow serial measurements to be performed. Occasionally, pulmonary function tests may be used to assess whether the kyphosis is affecting breathing. If there is any question of a tumor, infection, or neurologic symptoms, then an MRI may be ordered. Early detection of kyphosis is important for successful treatment. Pediatricians or family physicians, and even some school programs, routinely look for signs that kyphosis may be present.

 

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What is kyphosis? - Kyphosis is the extreme curvature of the upper back. Kyphosis is a spinal deformity that can result from trauma, developmental problems, or degenerative disease.
What causes kyphosis? - Kyphosis can be congenital, or due to acquired conditions that may include metabolic problems, neuromuscular conditions, osteogenesis.
What're the symptoms of kyphosis? - Kyphosis often produces no symptoms. The symptoms of kyphosis may resemble other spinal conditions or deformities.
How is kyphosis diagnosed? - Physical examination by a health care provider confirms the abnormal curvature of the spine. A spine X-ray will be done to document the severity of the curve.
What is the treatment for kyphosis? - The goal of treatment for kyphosis is to stop the progression of the curve and prevent deformity. Treatment consists of wearing a spinal brace or sleeping.
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