Since the spine is an incredibly complicated part of the body, there are many things that can go wrong, either because of complications from birth or degenerative diseases. One spinal deformity is called kyphosis, which can make life very uncomfortable if nothing is done to correct it. This article will briefly describe kyphosis and what the best treatment options are.
What Is Kyphosis?
From the Greek work kyphos, meaning “hump,” kyphosis refers to an exaggerated curvature of the spine, particularly the thoracic vertebrae (upper-middle of the back). Kyphosis is most commonly a result of osteoporosis (loss of bone mass), arthritis, or trauma—although developmental problems like Scheuermann’s disease may also cause it. Unfortunately for the sufferer, kyphosis is a very noticeable affliction that is characterized by the resulting large hump. Sufferers may also experience back pain, tenderness, stiffness, and other symptoms.
What Can Be Done About It?
If you suspect that you have kyphosis then see a spine specialist right away. After running a few tests, the doctor will determine whether or not you truly have kyphosis—which is usually classified as a curve of 40 degrees or more.
If you do have kyphosis, then your doctor will go over your treatment options, which vary depending on the severity of the case. A mild case of kyphosis may not require anything more than special exercises and a few checkups, while more severe cases may require bracing or even surgery. If you have kyphosis then it’s very important for you to get it taken care of, as it will only get worse and cause terrible pain down the road.
If your back is curved slightly further than seems natural, then visit the Spine Institute of Nevada. In addition to kyphosis treatment, Dr. Perry and our team of spinal experts offer treatment for scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, and other terrible spine disorders that cause neck or back pain. You don’t have to live with the discomfort—call us today at 702-239-3787.