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How Common Is Kyphosis
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
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
Back pains: 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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