Kyphosis (a hump) is the back position is too abnormal. The event is where the spine is too curved towards the front, so that the upper back looks more bent from the normal back. Each spine must have curved a few degrees, but if the spine curves to more than 45 degrees it is considered excessive.
Generally, kyphosis is suffered by elderly women. Kyphosis associated with age usually appears after osteoporosis weakens the backbone of the patient until it is cracked and depressed.
Mild kyphosis does not cause any symptoms, only the back looks more bent and more bent over time. In some cases the symptoms felt by patients are: Fatigue. Pain and stiffness in the back. The spine becomes sensitive.
Causes of Kyphosis
In patients with kyphosis, the curved part of the middle spine will be more curved than it should be. There are several factors that can lead to a more curved spine, namely:
Age. Increasing age of a person makes the risk of the spine more curved.
The spine is abnormally shaped. If it does not develop properly, the spine can have an abnormal position.
Development of back bone is not normal in the womb.
Body posture is not correct. Leaning on the chair is too bent and carrying heavy loads can cause supporting muscles and ligaments to stretch. This can cause the spine to become more curved.
Other medical conditions, such as spondylosis, spina bifida, paget’s disease, neurofibromatosis, muscular dystrophy, tuberculosis.
Marfan syndrome. This syndrome, also known as Prader-Willi disease, can be associated with kyphosis that occurs in children.
Osteoporosis. This disease can make the spine destroyed.
Cancer and cancer treatment. Cancer of the spine, chemotherapy and radiation treatment can weaken the vertebrae and make them easy to crack.
Degeneration of the spine. Bone pads between the vertebrae will dry out and shrink as a person ages.
Scheuermann’s disease. This condition usually begins during the growth period before puberty.
Diagnosis of Kyphosis
At Kyphosis specialist clinic, our spine specialist diagnose kyphosis is to identify a disease or condition based on symptoms, clinical signs experienced by patients, as well as other investigations.
Some steps for doctors to diagnose kyphosis are:
Physical examination on spine. The doctor will ask the patient to carry out a series of movements to check the balance and movement of the body.
Imaging Test. Patients will be advised to do imaging tests such as CT scans, MRI, X-rays.
Nerve test. If the patient feels muscle numbness or weakness, the doctor will recommend several tests to test nerve impulses in the spinal cord.
Blood test. This procedure is performed to test for the presence or absence of infection.
Bone density scan. A type of x-ray examination performed to see bone density, whether there is a disease that weakens the bones.
Treatment and Complications of Kyphosis
According to our spine specialist, most cases of kyphosis do not require treatment, because it is generally caused by the wrong posture and the sufferer only needs to improve their posture.
At Kyphosis specialist clinic, treatment for kyphosis in children is determined based on several factors, namely the age and sex of the patient, as well as the severity and flexibility of the spine arch.
Some of the treatment steps commonly taken by doctors to treat kyphosis are:
Giving drugs, such as pain relievers or osteoporosis medications (bone strengthening drugs).
Kyphosis Back support, adolescent kyphosis patients usually need to wear a back support.
Kyphosis Surgery. Surgery is generally needed to improve the appearance of the back and help relieve pain but the risk of surgical complications is very large.
Physical exercise, can strengthen muscles, improve posture, increase flexibility of the spine, and relieve back pain.
If not handled properly, kyphosis has the potential to cause several complications such as: Back pain, which can develop into severe and paralyze normal abilities. Reduce appetite. A severe spinal curvature can cause the stomach to become depressed and reduce the appetite of the sufferer. Poor body appearance. Patients with kyphosis will look bent or become unattractive because they have to use a back support.
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