Many spinal conditions result in the spine curving in a way it isn’t meant to. One of these conditions is kyphosis. Kyphosis is an abnormal spinal curvature typically found in the upper part of thespinal column. Over time, it can result in uncomfortable slouching and rounding.Thesymptoms to look out for include noticeable changes in posture, trouble breathing, lingering back pain, stiffness, and overall discomfort. In severe cases, the condition can even be life threatening.
It’s important to note, however, that there are two main types of kyphosis. There’s postural kyphosis and Scheuermann’s kyphosis, both of which typically show up in adolescent boys and girls. That’s not to say that older individuals are immune from the debilitating condition. In fact, older people suffering from osteoporosis can potentially develop kyphosis from spinal fractures, and individuals with connective tissue disorders can even develop the condition due to excessive tissue laxity.
Kyphosis Treatment Options
To be able to take advantage of the few interventions and treatment options available, it’s important to detect the condition early on. When kyphosis is diagnosed early, there is more likely that conservative interventions designed to prevent the progression with kyphosis will work. Some conservative treatment options include having a patient wear a back brace andphysical therapy.
For patients suffering from kyphosis from osteoporosis, the treatment options may include medications to increase bone density.On the other hand,those suffering from compression fractures may be treated with injectable agents.When conservative treatment options don’t work, minimally invasive surgery may be needed.
Fortunately, when you choose Central NJ Spine to treat your condition, you can rest assured knowing our experienced team of doctors will meet with you to discuss all the pertinent details of your condition before planningtreatment. When deciding on a course of treatment, they will take into account things like the severity of your condition, the underlying cause, and any damage. Our team is so skilled that one of our doctors, Dr. Rovner, even specializes in comprehensive kyphosis treatment.
Are you experiencing any symptoms of kyphosis? Schedule a consultation at Central NJ Spine today. Call our office today at 201-371-6004.