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      Category : Health Centers > Bones, Joints, and Muscles


Alternate Names : Roundback, Humpback, Hunchback, Scheuermann's Disease, Dowager's Hump, Pott's Curvature

Kyphosis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Certain exercises may improve kyphosis related to posture. In growing children with significant Scheuermann's disease, bracing may be needed. Spinal fusion surgery is rarely needed.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Surgery can possibly lead to infection, failure of the bone to fuse, or spinal cord or nerve injury.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

Progressive kyphosis may occur in spite of exercises and bracing.

How is the condition monitored?

One should watch for potential worsening of posture. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: John A.K. Davies, MD
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 04/09/01

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