The Symptoms of Kyphosis
Mild kyphosis may have no signs or symptoms. In more severe cases, kyphosis causes:
- An exaggerated curve or rounding of the spine
- Back pain
What Causes Kyphosis?
- Congenital issues
- Scheuermann’s disease
- Spinal disc degeneration
- Proximal junctional kyphosis (when the spine breaks down above an area where prior surgery was performed)
How is Kyphosis Diagnosed?
Discussion With Dr. Choi
When you meet with Long Island orthopaedic spine surgeon Dr. Choi, he’ll talk with you about your symptoms and take your medical history.
Dr. Choi will perform a full physical exam to evaluate the rounding of your back. He’ll also check your reflexes and muscle strength.
To determine the extent and severity of your condition, Dr. Choi will order an x-ray, a CT scan and/or an MRI. These diagnostic tests can also identify any co-existing problems, such as infection or tumor.
Once you’ve been diagnosed with kyphosis, Dr. Choi will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. The goal of treatment is to correct the curve and alleviate pain.
Treatment will likely include a blend of several approaches and could entail:
Many of our Long Island kyphosis patients respond well to lifestyle changes. Depending on your situation, these could include regular exercise, weight loss and eating a spine-friendly diet high in calcium and vitamin D.
Surgery for kyphosis is only recommended for severe cases and as a last resort if conservative treatments fail. When it is needed, Dr. Choi can perform spinal fusion surgery. During the procedure, he’ll connect the affected vertebrae with metal rods and screws. This will help to fix the curve and provide stability.
If kyphosis is causing severe pain, certain prescription medications can help to reduce your discomfort.
A physical therapist will have you do different exercises to increase flexibility and strength and lessen your pain.