What Is Kyphosis?
Kyphosis is a spinal deformity characterized by a rounding of the back. While some rounding of the back is normal, the kyphosis curve refers to exaggerated rounding of more than 50 degrees. This condition is also referred to as a dowager hump, round back (postural kyphosis), or hunch back. Patients may develop kyphosis as a congenital disease or as a result of:
- Developmental problems
- Bad posture
- Spinal trauma
- Spinal fracture
Kyphosis can affect both children and adults and can start at any age.
At UPMC, we treat kyphosis with a combination of bracing and medication. In children and adolescents, the sooner the treatment begins, the more effective it will be in stopping the deformity. For severe cases, more aggressive treatment is required. Spinal fusion can be an effective treatment to reduce the degree of the curvature.