Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Kyphosis Overview

What is kyphosis?
A person with kyphosis has a spinal disorder where there is curving of the spine that leads to a hunchback or slouching posture. Kyphosis can occur at any age. Many conditions can cause kyphosis to develop. Examples include congenital kyphosis, autoimmune disease, ankylosing spondylitis, trauma, spinal tumor, radiation therapy, spinal infections, and some metabolic disorders. |
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What are the symptoms of kyphosis?
The symptoms of kyphosis include mild back pain, fatigue, difficulty breathing and tenderness or stiffness of the spine.

How does the doctor treat kyphosis?
The treatment of kyphosis depends on the cause of the disorder. Nonsurgical options include exercise, medications, physical therapy, and bracing. Surgery may be an option for some patients. The goal of surgery is to correct the deformity and remove any compression on the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots.

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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Kyphosis References
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