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Can Kyphosis Be Corrected
I believe I have postural kyphosis. I can correct my posture on my own and have no pain. What can I do to change my bad posture habit? Thanks
When viewing the human spine from the side, there are usually three natural curvatures. The neck and low back have a curvature with the con cavity backward, this is known as lordosis; and the mid back has a curve with the concavity anteriorly, this is known as s kyphosis. When an elderly lady has an increase "hump" in this curvature in the mid back we call ...Read more
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. ...Read more
70 degrees kyphosis What's the risk and complications of correct surgery? And if the kyphosis don't get worsen is it need surgery?
Recommendation: If you really have 70 degree of kyphosis at age of 19 years you better go to surgery. It can prevent lung and heart problems in your future. Risk of complications still less significant than risk of development other problems : lung, heart, vascular. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there any possible way to correct/straighten the postural kyphosis by exercises after the age of 20?
Hi im 21yrs of age I want ur help to correct my postural kyphosis, I got it due to bending in front of laptop, bad sitting posture at school, . ..?
Posture: The best solution for bad posture is to improve your posture. Make a conscious effort to sit up straight, and keep your shoulders back. ...Read more
Is it possible to correct/reverse my postural kyphosis into a normal corrected spine? Age : 20. I train, got muscles everywhere, still no results!
Postural Kyphosis: As a podiatrist, I see patients with kyphosis present for foot orthotics to correct part of this. However, the specialities that deal with this the most are physiatrists, chiropractors, and osteopaths. There may be a rigid part that is permanent, but there may be a good deal of functional muscle and ligament tightening that you can work on, and see results. Too much sitting in front of computer? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is correct way to measure scheuermann's kyphosis using cobb method? Entire thoracic t1-t12, or only t4-t12? The two are very different, seen both
Measure the maximum: Curve, whatever the levels. To measure the Cobb angle, decide which vertebrae are the end-vertebrae of the curve deformity (vertebrae at the upper and lower limits of the curve) and then Cobb angle formed by the intersection of two lines: one parallel to the endplate of the superior end vertebra, the other parallel to the endplate of the inferior end vertebra. So the levels are unique to each case ...Read more
Can stop worsening: Kyphosis is the curving of the back skeletal frame mostly due to posture but can be genetic also. It can not be changed with exercise but can stop it from worsening and stabilize it. If you don't exercise, it just gets worse so yes, exercise for stability and improvement. Feldenkrais is a great way to evaluate your habits. ...Read more
You can help it by:
1) walk on your tip toes your hands joint together trying to "reach" the ceiling and you gaze up to the ceiling.
2) put a book on your head and walk with it
3)yoga- yes- all kinds of stretching
4)breathing exercises-slow, deep, alone as a daily routine and of cause as part of yoga and all other exercises above or any others that you like and find helpful. ...Read more
Let me explain: Congenital kyphosis. A malformation of the spinal column during fetal development causes kyphosis in some infants. Several vertebrae may be fused together or the bones may not form properly. This type of kyphosis may worsen as the child grows. In some cases, congenital kyphosis eventually leads to paralysis of the lower body (paraplegia). ...Read more
Exercises: For postural kyphosis this result from weakened upper back muscles & tightness of chest muscles. Exercises can help this form of kyphosis. There is not enough space to fully discuss. There are wall exercises and tube exercises that work well. Yoga is very good for this purpose. Talk to your physical therapy for specific exercises tailored specifically for you. ...Read more
Varies: This depends on what part of the spine it is occuring. It is also dependent on the cause and your age. If in the thoracic or chest region, it is usually just an appearance issue but if of sufficient size or magnitude, it can cause muscular symptoms. You should have it evaluated to see if there is any need for treatment which for most is just exercise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Examination: Kyphosis is a normal curvature of the thoracic spine. I am assuming that you are referring to hyperkyphosis. This is where the upper back rounded forward in an exaggerated fashion. At some point there may develope a hump in back called a dowager hump. This may cause by osteoporosis, compression fractures, degenerative arthritis, scheuermann, s disease, etc. ...Read more
It depends on the: Degree of the kyphosis and the reason for the kyphosis. At your age, unless it is due to poor posture it is probably a fairly stiff or "fixed" position. It could be the result of hip or pelvis alignment or even lower back issues for which your upper back is compensating for or it could be related to your thoracic spine. Unless it is greater than 60-70 degrees it is treated with exercise. ...Read more
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