Personalized treatments for people with back pain and spine disorders
Published: Sept. 29, 2010
Updated: Nov. 17, 2010
Kyphosis is a spinal curvature in the upper back that can lead to a slouching posture and hunchback appearance. While some degree of kyphosis in the thoracic and sacral regions is normal, kyphosis of the cervical or lumbar regions is usually abnormal.
Any of the following conditions may eventually lead to kyphosis:
Kyphosis can cause mild neck or back pain accompanied with stiffness. Weakness, numbness, or tingling in the arms or legs may occur in some cases
You may have a slouched over appearance and a visible hunchback. If the cervical spine is affected you might have difficulty holding your head upright. A clinical examination by a physician and x-rays are necessary to fully assess your spinal column to determine whether or not you have abnormal kyphosis.
Treatment approaches depend on the type and severity of the disease. In less severe cases, physical therapy may be recommended to strengthen the back muscles. In advanced cases, bracing or surgery can help.
The Duke Spine Center offers a number of treatment options for kyphosis and will work with you to determine the best option for you.