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What is the definition or description of: dowager hump?

What is the definition or description of: dowager hump?

See below: An abnormal outward curvature of the thoracic vertebrae of the upper back. Compression of the front portion of the involved vertebrae due to osteoporosis leads to forward bending of the spine (kyphosis) and creates a hump at the upper back. Like most osteoporotic changes, it is often preventable. ...Read more

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What dowager was the hump on neck named after? Why?

What dowager was the hump on neck named after? Why?

Dowager's Hump: A dowager is a older woman who is dignified. Older women often had a kyphotic spinal hump, thus came the term dowager’s hump. ...Read more

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How to reduce the dowager hump?

Strength: Strengthening muscles can be helpful and postural supports. Unfortunately bone is stronger than muscle and this cannot be reversed but you can use your muscles to try to avoid. ...Read more

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The physical therapist said that the dowager’s hump was almost like a spinal infusion. What did she mean?

The physical therapist said that the dowager’s hump was almost like a spinal infusion. What did she mean?

Vertebral fracture: Dowager humps is usually cused by a wedge fracture due to osteoporosis in older women producind the back hump known in medicine by the term kyphosis.It can involve one or several vertebraes. ...Read more

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I have bad posture. So I think its a spur or early dowager hump . What can I do to get rid of it?

I have bad posture. So I think its a spur or early dowager hump . What can I do to get rid of it?

See below: Work with a physical therapist or a yoga therapist. They can help you learn what good posture looks like and what exercises you need to do to attain a better posture.Once you get the "feel" of good posture, repeated attention to this will change your old patterns over time. ...Read more

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How would I go about getting my dowenger hump on my neck removed safely?

How would I go about  getting  my dowenger hump on my neck removed  safely?

Neck: Lipo can be performed it is usually caused by steroid use, high chance of seroma as well as wound dehiscence i would recommend going to your internal physician to get checked out first. ...Read more

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I have a small upper thoracic hump, are there any exercises that will help reduce it before it gets any worse?

I have a small upper thoracic hump, are there any exercises that will help reduce it before it gets any worse?

It depends: If the hump is related to degenerative changes of the bones like what is seen some cases of kyphosis, this may be difficult to resolve. Also if this is related to a fat pad, again it may be difficult to resolve. Otherwise focus on exercises that improve your posture like yoga, upper/mid back and core exercises. If you'd like more specifics consider a formal consultation. ...Read more

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Is there any exercises to get rid of hump on the back of my neck? I slouch Sometimes my hunch isn't big though

Is there any exercises to get rid of hump on the back of my neck? I slouch Sometimes my hunch isn't big though

Improve your posture: This is not worrisome is there are no associated symptoms such as pain or weakness. If the contour of your neck lessens with improved posture, it is important to maintain good posture as much as possible by keeping your head above your shoulders. Focusing on strengthening the muscles between your shoulder blades and abdominal muscles and limiting prolonged sitting will helps. ...Read more

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