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Kyphosis Symptoms & Diagnosis


If you have any of these, do not assume it is due to kyphosis. These symptoms may be caused by other conditions. Tell your doctor if you have any of these:

  • Excess curve or hump in the back
  • Back pain
  • Fatigue in back and legs
  • Stiffness in back
  • Breathing difficulty may occur in some cases


Most cases can be diagnosed during a physical exam. Some cases are found at school during a scoliosis check. Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done to look for abnormal curve in the spine, rounded shoulders, and a hump on the back. Your doctor may refer you to a specialist in spine problems.

Tests may include the following:

  • X-ray of the spine—test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the body
  • Pulmonary function tests—measure how well you are able to breath; some severe cases of kyphosis can impair breathing

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