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A 28-year-old male asked:

anyway of correcting kyphosis/scheuermanns disease 20 degrees at age 28?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
First most do not : Need any surgery unless approaching a very significant degree of kyphosis with yours being a low normal range rather than an abnormal one. Usually you need to be in the range of 70 degrees or more and be symptomatic otherwise this is generally well tolerated with weight control and regular exercise.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How do you define kyphosis?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Spinal curve: The curves that your back shows when looking from the side are "lordotic" for the neck (concave backward), "kyphotic" for the thoracic or dorsal spine (concave forward-think hunched forward), lordotic for lumbar spine and kyphotic again for the sacrum (lowest part of the spine.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the concerns with having kyphosis?

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Critical Care 23 years experience
Progression: Kyphosis is normal in the thoracic spine. A cervical, lumbar or abnormally large thoracic kyphosis may worsen over time. Kyphosis can cause pain, poor posture and occasionally nerve and spinal cord symptoms.
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A 30-year-old male asked:

What should I do if I have kyphosis ?

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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Depend on age & caus: Kyphosis rarely is seen at birth & when present requires surgery. In adolescents it is called scheuermann's disease, a wedging together of several vertebrae. This can be treated by bracing & exercises. Rarely is surgery necessary except for 60• or greater. In adults if it from osteoporosis no treatment may necessary. If painful vertebroplasty is excellent. But you see your pcp for a diagnosis!
A 34-year-old member asked:

Does anyone know kyphosis well enough to be able to help me understand why I got a bad case?

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Dr. Alexandre De Moura
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: It depends on the location and magnitude of your kyphosis. You should see your orthopedic spinal specialist will guide you with the best treatment option.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Are people born with spinal curvature or is it acquired over the years?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Both: Congenital and aquired scoliosis are both possible.

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