Kyphosis

  • Medical Author:
    Jason C. Eck, DO, MS

    Dr. Eck received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Catholic University of America in Biomedical Engineering, followed by a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University. Following this he worked as a research engineer conducting spine biomechanics research. He then attended medical school at University of Health Sciences. He is board eligible in orthopaedic surgery.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

View the Low Back Pain Slideshow Pictures

What are the potential complications of surgery for kyphosis?

The most common complications from surgery for kyphosis include infection and failure of the bones to heal (failure of fusion, also known as pseudoarthrosis). Other more serious complications are much less common, including injury to the nerves or blood vessels, complications related to anesthesia, or blood clots in lower extremities or lungs.

What ongoing care is required for patients with kyphosis?

Most patients with kyphosis do not require continued care by a physician. After the initial diagnosis and initiating physical therapy and exercises, the patient will often not need routine follow-up care. Patients that notice a progression of their curve or a worsening of their symptoms should see their doctor for further evaluation.

How can I prevent kyphosis?

Scheuermann's and congenital kyphosis are both the result of a structural problem with the vertebrae. As a result, there is nothing that can be done to prevent these types of kyphosis. Bracings and exercises can help slow the progression of Scheuermann's kyphosis. Postural kyphosis can be prevented or lessened by physical therapy and exercises to strengthen the back muscles.

What is the prognosis for kyphosis?

The majority of patient with kyphosis respond very well to a combination of physical therapy, exercises, and medications. Even in more severe cases that eventually require surgery, patients are able to return to normal activities without restrictions, in most cases, after they have fully recovered from surgery.

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

REFERENCE: "Kyphosis" National Institutes of Health

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/2/2015
Back Pain Quiz: Test Your Back Pain IQ

Subscribe to MedicineNet's Newsletters

Get the latest health and medical information delivered direct to your inbox!

By clicking Submit, I agree to the MedicineNet's Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of MedicineNet's subscriptions at any time.

VIEW PATIENT COMMENTS
  • Kyphosis - Treatments

    What treatments were effective for your kyphosis?

    Post View 2 Comments
  • Kyphosis - Symptoms

    What symptoms did you experience with kyphosis?

    Post View 9 Comments
  • Kyphosis - Causes and Types

    If known, what was the cause of your kyphosis? What type do you have?

    Post View 1 Comment
  • Kyphosis - Tests

    What types of tests and exams did you receive before being diagnosed with kyphosis?

    Post View 2 Comments
  • Kyphosis - Therapy and Prognosis

    Describe the physical therapy exercises that have helped for your kyphosis. What is your prognosis?

    Post View 1 Comment

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors