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What're the symptoms of kyphosis?

Kyphosis often produces no symptoms. Sometimes, mild, persistent back pain develops. Kyphosis may be noticed only because it alters the body's appearance. The shoulders may appear rounded. The upper spine may appear more curved than normal, or a hump may be visible. Mild kyphosis that does not produce symptoms is sometimes detected only during a routine physical examination. A doctor confirms the diagnosis by taking x-rays of the spine, which show the curve and the deformity of the vertebrae. Later in life, kyphosis is caused from osteoporosis, bone weakness, and crumbling forward. The stress caused by kyphosis produces such symptoms as an increase in musculoskeletal pains, tension headaches, back aches, and joint pains.Back pain, pain down the legs, and changes in bowel and bladder habits are not commonly associated with kyphosis. A person experiencing these types of symptoms requires further medical evaluation by a physician. The symptoms of kyphosis may resemble other spinal conditions or deformities, or may be a result of an injury or infection. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.


More information on kyphosis

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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