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What are the Treatments for Kyphosis?

Jul 25, 2018

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Kyphosis is the forward rounding of your back that is commonly found in older women. As women age, their spinal bones can weaken, causing Kyphosis to form. Kyphosis is diagnosed when the vertebrae become more wedge shaped, rather than cylinder shaped as normal vertebrae should be.  Those with mild Kyphosis may not experience any problems other than a small stiffness in the back, but those who suffer from severe Kyphosis will encounter intense pain, stiffness and even disfiguration as the spine curves abnormally.  

These wedge-shaped vertebrae can be caused by a number of things, including osteoporosis, disc degeneration, fractures, cancer, certain treatments and more. As Kyphosis progresses, patients may also experience digestive and breathing issues, along with a limited amount of physical movement and pain doing everyday tasks like driving or getting out of bed.  

Once Kyphosis is diagnosed, there are a few treatment options available, depending on the severity of your condition. 

Medication 

Kyphosis is often determined simply by a doctor feeling your spine and viewing your reflexes and strength. To start, your doctor may simply suggest over-the-counter pain relievers as an initial treatment or prescribe you with something a bit stronger. If your pain is minimal, you will be able to continue normal tasks with the medication and prevent the condition from worsening. For older women particularly, or those already diagnosed with osteoporosis, osteoporosis medications may also be prescribed to help prevent spinal fractures.   

Therapy 

Many doctors will also recommend therapy as a treatment, either in conjunction with pain medication or on its own. Therapy for Kyphosis can be as simple as performing regular strengthening exercises to improve flexibility and keep your spine moving. For children who may experience Kyphosis at a young age, bracing is also a form of therapy offered as their bones are still growing.   

Surgery 

Those with severe Kyphosis will often be recommended for surgery, particularly those who have intense pain or a pinching of the spinal cord. The most common surgery for Kyphosis is spinal fusion, which is the process of inserting bone between the abnormal vertebrae and connecting them to correct their position on the spine.  

If you are suffering from Kyphosis or have other spinal abnormalities or back pain, call 844-201-1308 to speak to a Patient Navigator at Back Pain Centers of America to see which treatments may work for you.

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