Kyphosis is characterized by a misshaping of the spine and often appears as a curve or “hump” in the spine. This unnatural curving of the spine is a deformation caused by disease or damage to the vertebrae.
In most instances, the only symptom may be the appearance of a hump in the upper back. If the kyphosis is severe enough, the person may have pain or aching in the neck or lower back.
Kyphosis can have several causes. In some instances, bad posture can loosen the spine’s ligaments over time causing a curve to develop. Also, disease or physical trauma to the bones of the spine can weaken resulting in collapse the vertebrae. Diseases that often contribute to Kyphosis include osteoporosis, Scheuermann’s disease, Pott’s disease or spinal tumors.
If you, or someone you love, have been suffering from neck or back pain, New Jersey Spinal Medicine and Surgery can help. Contact us today to discuss treatment options. Our goal at New Jersey Spinal Medicine and Surgery is to get you back to a healthy and active lifestyle.