Kyphosis is the spinal condition that makes someone look ‘hunched’ or ‘bent over’. Kyphosis is an increase in the flexion or rounding of the back. Kyphosis can range from mild to severe and debilitating. Kyphosis occurs when the bones of the spinal column, called vertebra, become abnormally curved. It can occur in the neck, mid-back and lower back. There are several causes of kyphosis such as osteoporosis and other pathologies. Genetics is a large factor in kyphosis also.
A distinction must be made between normal kyphosis and abnormal kyphosis. Without getting too technical, everyone has a thoracic spine (mid-back) kyphotic curve or kyphosis this is the normal shape of the spine. It is only when this kyphotic curve becomes too large do we focus on it. We assess this curvature on X-ray, MRI or CT scan.
If the kyphosis becomes too large it can cause spinal cord compression or compress organs and lead to serious problems. Only in severe cases of kyphosis is surgery required. Surgical correction is usually only necessary when the spinal cord or organ compression is involved. A neurosurgeon will likely suggest surgery to decompress the spinal cord.
Chiropractic and Physiotherapy plays an important role in the treatment of mild and moderate kyphosis, a great relief in symptoms can be achieved using a combination of non-surgical joint and muscle techniques. Contact Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) today, and one of our Balmain or Rozelle chiropractors will be happy to give you more information.