Kyphosis is the abnormal curvature of the thoracic spine (upper back) and can also develop in the cervical spine (neck) and lumbar spine (lower back). The deformity typically appears as an outward curve in the upper back that produces a hump or hunched forward appearance.

Everyone has a normal amount of curvature of the spine (up to 450) which provides space for the heart and lungs. Kyphosis produces curvatures greater than 500. Kyphosis may be discovered during a scoliosis screening at your child’s school or by their pediatrician.

Kyphosis is a disorder of the spine frequently seen in adolescents but can affect anyone at any age. Most cases are mild and can be monitored but generally do not cause problems and do not require treatment. Serious curvatures may warrant spinal fusion surgery.

Find out how Dr. Feldman and Dr. Shufflebarger can help you or your loved one achieve freedom from pain associated with scoliosis.