Hunched Posture: Symptoms & Signs

  • Medical Author:
    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.

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

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.

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Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019
References
Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.