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Kyphosis Definition & Overview


Kyphosis is a rounding or curve to the spine. A certain degree of normal curve is seen in the spine. This article refers to an abnormally rounded back. The abnormal kyphosis is in the thoracic spine (along ribs). The three main types of kyphosis are:

  • Postural kyphosis—the most common abnormal type and is caused by bad posture
  • Congenital kyphosis—a type that babies are born with
  • Scheuermann’s kyphosis—a type that runs in families and appears during the teenage years

The sooner kyphosis is treated, the better the outcome. If you think you may have this condition, contact your doctor.

Kyphosis Posture

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