Hunched Posture: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Hunched posture can be normal or a result of diseases or conditions. It can lead to pain and stiffness in the muscles of the back and neck. Hunched posture can also limit the capacity of the lungs, leading to shortness of breath. Hunched posture can often be improved with exercises and physical therapy.

Hunched posture is often referred to as stooped posture.

Other causes of hunched posture


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