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Kyphosis is a rounding of the spine. It can make you look like you have a hump in your back.
Some people are born with the problem. Other people have an injury, infection, or disease that causes it. Young teens can get a type of kyphosis called Scheuermann's disease. And older people can get a rounded back because of spine fractures caused by osteoporosis.
Kyphosis may or may not make your back hurt. In bad cases, it makes it hard to breathe.
Treatment for kyphosis depends on what caused it. Some young teens may wear a brace. The spine will straighten as they grow. Sometimes exercises and medicine may help pain. In other cases, surgery is needed.
A rounded spine can be stressful, especially for teens. They may be embarrassed about how they look. Give your child lots of love and support. And if he or she needs more help, you may want to think about counselling.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Robert B. Keller MD - Orthopedics
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