Thoracic Kyphosis

The term kyphosis refers to a clinical condition where excess curvature is formed, i.e., greater than 50 degrees, which causes a stooped forward posture. So basically, thoracic kyphosis is caused when there is a forward curvature in the upper back.  

What are the symptoms of thoracic kyphosis?

Symptoms range from mild, which requires no treatment, to severe symptoms that may require surgery.  

Depending on the cause of the condition, typical symptoms include one or more of the following: 

A hunched forward appearance
Mild to severe back pain
Loss of height
Difficulty standing straight upright which worsens over the course of a day
Thoracic Kyphosis Treatment Methods Thoracic Kyphosis treatment can be done in 2 ways:
1.Physiotherapy Management -

Physiotherapy is a front-line treatment that includes manual therapy, tapping, and bracing. This method can be adopted only in the initial stage of the thoracic problem.  

2.Medical Management -

In medical management, antiresorptive or bone-building medications are recommended to patients with thoracic hyperkyphosis since they suffer from low bone density or spine fractures.  

The Osteoporosis treatment helps prevent incident spine fractures; however, medications have not shown enough results to improve hyperkyphosis. 

Dr. Nitin Jagdhane is a brain and spine specialist in Mumbai who is an expert in thoracic kyphosis treatment.