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Kyphosis

A Condition That Causes Upper Back Rounding

The knowledgeable spinal surgeons at miVIP Surgery Centers utilize minimally invasive procedures to relieve pain caused by spinal injuries and conditions, including a spinal deformity called Kyphosis. This deformity can range from mild to severe and causes the upper back to round forward. The surgeons at miVIP offer helpful kyphosis information and treatment options for anyone affected by the condition.

Kyphosis is commonly known as humpback, hunchback, or round back and may begin to develop at any age. While a normal spine is naturally rounded, patients in the advanced stages of Kyphosis often have an exaggerated rounding of their upper backs. This rounding can cause posture issues and varying levels of pain.

How Common Is Kyphosis?

Kyphosis is rare, with approximately six percent of the population suffering from the condition. If you are one of the few individuals who have the condition and you are seeking kyphosis information regarding treatment opportunities, you can talk to our well-trained spinal surgeons about minimally-invasive surgical treatment options.

Common Causes of Kyphosis

Kyphosis is commonly caused by the following conditions:

  • Degenerative Disc disease: A shrinking or drying out of the gel located within the spinal discs, which can contribute to kyphosis symptoms.
  • Osteoporosis: A condition that causes the vertebrae to thin or become severely damaged.
  • Spinal Cancer: Weakening of the vertebrae that can lead to the development of kyphosis.
  • Scheuermann’s Disease: A hereditary disorder that typically starts to develop at a young age when the individual is about to hit a growth spurt.
  • Birth Defects: Improper development of the spinal column that causes some babies to be born with kyphosis.

The spinal surgeons at miVIP have treated many kyphosis cases, and they can educate you on available treatment options and offer additional kyphosis information.

Kyphosis Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of kyphosis include:

  • Back pain
  • Visible curvature in the upper spine
  • Immobility
  • Spine stiffness

Kyphosis Treatment Options

The following treatment options are available for kyphosis patients:

  • Medication: Pain management may be achieved through prescription medications. Osteoporosis drugs may also be prescribed to prevent additional damage and strengthen the spine.
  • Braces: Children who have Scheuermann’s disease at birth are often given a body brace in an effort to halt the advancement of kyphosis.
  • Physical Therapy: Exercises and stretching movements may strengthen the back muscles, increase spinal flexibility, and improve posture.
  • Surgery: Our spinal surgeons offer helpful surgical kyphosis information to patients who may benefit from minimally invasive surgery. When kyphosis causes the spinal cord or nerves to become pinched, surgery is often the most effective treatment option.

Kyphosis Prognosis

In some cases, kyphosis will not improve on its own and will require surgery. For many children who are born with the kyphosis, the disease stops on its own when they are no longer growing.

Call Today

For additional kyphosis information and to schedule a consultation with our spinal surgeons, call miVIP today at 877.956.2263.

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