Adolescents are affected by Scheuermann’s kyphosis, which often has a genetic cause and first appears as what is thought to be poor posture. On the other hand, as people age, the spine degenerates and gradual shrinking and wedging of the thoracic discs and vertebrae can lead to kyphosis. It also occurs secondary to osteoporotic fractures that cause a loss of height and wedging of the vertebrae.
The predominant complaint of people with kyphosis is a change in posture that causes a hump in the upper back. Pain is also a common symptom of patients with Scheuermann’s kyphosis as well as age-related kyphosis.
If the condition is caused by a fracture or a series of fractures, pain will be the major symptom. (see osteoporosis content) The pain is usually localized around where the break occurs. On the other hand if progressive wedging and degenerative changes are the cause, there may just be vague discomfort, stiffness, and rounding of the back. Clothing may fit differently or a person’s center of gravity and balance may shift forward. Loss of height may be noticed as it progresses.
X-rays can be taken or Refered by Dr Tania Leski under Medicare bulk bulling. This will show the bones alignment and can demonstrate the reason for kyphosis, including fractures, disc degeneration, or Scheuermann’s kyphosis. An MRI is rarely necessary for evaluating kyphosis.
PHYSICAL THERAPY AT CHIROCURE
Stretching and strengthening exercises may be beneficial in decreasing pain caused by kyphosis. Dr Tania can show you how to do these.
Unfortunately, in some people progression will occur regardless. In this case, supportive measures that your chiropractic spine specialist recommends will include maintenance care adjustments, ongoing observation and computerised measurement assessments. Chirocure will also offer support with Supplements, pain medications if required, bracing, and physical therapy.
PREVENTATIVE OPTIONS OFFERED AT CHIROCURE CLINIC
1) Osteoporosis is a major cause of kyphosis and for those at risk (such as post-menopausal women) you should discuss with your physician your risk of osteoporosis and treatment or preventive measures.
2) chiropractic adjustments and mobilising treatment.
3) Proper nutrition, optimal weight, fitness, and postural awareness are essential.
4) Make serious effort to strengthen your abdominal muscles. You can do this by holding the muscles tight for several seconds or minutes at a time every day. This is safe and effective. Consciously work on having good posture by holding your shoulders back and your chest up and out.