Kyphosis

Kyphosis the medical term for a dowager's hump, also known as a Widow's Hump or Hunchback. This is a rounded hunch that occurs at the base of your neck. It's usually caused by chronic forward-leaning posture. Over time, this can cause you to develop a curve in the bones in your upper spine and a mass of tissue at the bottom of your neck.‌

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Your Guide to Understanding Kyphosis

What is Kyphosis?

Is a condition often known as "Widow's Hump," "Dowager's Hump," or colloquially referred to as a "Hunchback," is characterized by an excessive outward curvature of the spine, particularly in the thoracic region. This can lead to discomfort, restricted mobility, and fatigue, with potential causes ranging from poor posture to specific health conditions. Management of Kyphosis may involve postural retraining, targeted exercises, and in severe instances, medical intervention such as physical therapy or surgery, emphasizing the importance of seeking professional guidance for personalized treatment.

How can Chiropractic help treat Kyphosis?

To treat kyphosis, a chiropractor may employ various techniques aimed at improving spinal alignment and reducing associated symptoms. These methods can include specific spinal adjustments, postural retraining exercises, traction, and targeted stretching to address muscle tightness and promote flexibility.

Chiropractic care for kyphosis is often tailored to the individual, focusing on restoring spinal function, alleviating discomfort, and enhancing overall mobility. It's important for individuals to consult with a qualified chiropractor to receive personalized care and guidance tailored to their specific condition.

What causes Kyphosis?

Kyphosis can be caused by various factors, including poor posture, degenerative conditions such as osteoporosis, developmental issues, and certain syndromes or neuromuscular disorders. In adults, kyphosis is often associated with osteoporosis, which weakens the vertebrae and leads to a forward curvature of the upper back.

Additionally, traumatic injuries or spinal fractures can also contribute to the development of kyphosis, highlighting the importance of consulting with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

What treatments might help Kyphosis?

Kyphosis treatment aims to alleviate symptoms, prevent progression, and improve spinal curvature. Options include physical therapy, pain management, bracing for adolescents, surgery for severe cases, and lifestyle adjustments. Close collaboration with healthcare providers, like chiropractors, is essential to devise a tailored treatment plan based on the individual's condition and medical history.

Signs of Kyphosis:

The signs of kyphosis can include a visibly rounded upper back, back pain, stiffness, and fatigue. In some cases, individuals may experience reduced flexibility and respiratory issues if the curvature of the spine places pressure on the lungs.

Symptoms of Kyphosis:

Kyphosis presents with various symptoms, including a visibly rounded upper back, back pain, stiffness, fatigue, reduced flexibility, and in severe cases, respiratory issues due to pressure on the lungs. The severity of these symptoms can depend on the underlying cause and the degree of spinal curvature.

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When is the right time to see a Chiropractor for Kyphosis?

If you suspect kyphosis or experience symptoms such as a rounded upper back, back pain, or stiffness, it's advisable to seek an evaluation from a chiropractor. A chiropractor can assess your condition, provide personalized treatment options, and offer guidance on managing the effects of kyphosis. Early intervention and proactive management can contribute to improved spinal health and overall well-being.

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Dr. Brett Herlehy

Dr. Brett Herlehy

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Doctor of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College

Dr. Brett enjoys working with active individuals looking to reach the next level and also anyone who is trying to incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives.

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