The other day I as I was walking into my office, I watched an elderly person slowly make his way down the hall. His “hunched” back forced his head forward, his eyes aimed toward the ground.
This curvature of the upper spine is known as thoracic kyphosis. It is also sometimes called “round-back”. The gentlemen I saw walking down the hallway was an extreme case. Most of the time kyphosis is more mild – and less apparent. It frequently appears in middle aged women. You may have heard it called a Dowager’s Hump. Although kyphosis is related to spinal scoliosis, it has its own distinguishing characteristics and risk factors.
Causes of thoracic kyphosis
Beyond certain rare cases of thoracic kyphosis that occur at birth or in the adolescent years, there are many factors that can contribute to kyphosis. Here are just a few:
- Improper posture
- Traumatic injury to the spine
- Disc degeneration
- Slipped vertebra
- Muscular dystrophy
- Spina bifida
Symptoms of Kyphosis
The symptoms of kyphosis can range from mild back pain, and tenderness in the spine to fatigue, stiffness and difficulty breathing.
The most common traditional medical approach to treating kyphosis involves body braces. But braces are cumbersome, do not work perfectly, and are generally impractical for a normal life. In more severe cases, the MD may recommend spinal fusion surgery. But as is the case with any invasive procedure such as surgery, there is always the potential for complications.
Let’s look at a few safe, alternative medicine treatments for thoracic kyphosis…
Chiropractic treatment for Kyphosis
As your Garland chiropractor, first I will find the cause of your particular kyphosis. As mentioned previously, some cases of kyphosis are congenital, or due to trauma or disease. But the most common cause of thoracic kyphosis is improper posture, such as slouching.
During your exam I can identify the areas that show abnormal motion. I will then work to gently realign any out of place spinal vertebrae. Over time these “adjustments” will help the body function better. Correcting these spinal and muscular imbalances can help lessen kyphosis.
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