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What is Kyphosis?

The natural curvature of the spine, known as lordosis, is important for stability and balance. When one area of the spine becomes too curved it can create a visible “hunch” in the spine as well as other symptoms and is known as kyphosis In some instances, kyphosis causes no other symptoms other than a visible hunch and requires only monitoring by your Spine Institute of Louisiana Spine Specialist. However, if kyphosis progresses it can cause several painful symptoms.

If you have kyphosis the symptoms can include:

  • Visible hunch in the spine
  • Pain in the neck or lower back
  • Stiffness in the spine
  • Pain or numbness in the extremities
  • Trouble breathing

Kyphosis can occur at any age and in any gender but is most common among older females. In adults, kyphosis can be caused by several underlying that weaken the vertebrae of the spine and cause the spine to change from its natural shape, including:

  • Spinal fractures
  • Osteoporosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Scheuermann’s disease
  • Spinal tumors or radiation from cancer treatments

How is Kyphosis Treated at The Spine Institute of Louisiana?

At The Spine Institute of Louisiana, the first course of treatment is to utilize non-surgical treatment options to alleviate the pain and other symptoms associated with kyphosis.

These treatments can include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing
  • Spinal injections

Surgical Treatment for Kyphosis at The Spine Institute of Louisiana

Surgical treatment may be required for severe cases of kyphosis where the condition is causing chronic pain or other symptoms. A spinal fusion is a procedure that is commonly performed. This procedure is performed using a minimally invasive approach and can be performed as either an inpatient or outpatient procedure.

During the procedure, your Spine Institute of Louisiana Spine Surgeon removes discs within the spine and these are replaced with small implants. These implants restore the normal anatomy and height to the spine and thus make the spine more stable. Adjacent vertebrae are then joined using a small rod and screws. As the vertebral bone heals, the vertebrae fuse together to form a single solid bone.

Using our advanced minimally invasive techniques, there is very little surgical trauma and you are able to recover and return to normal activities shortly after surgery.

Make an Appointment with a Spine Institute of Louisiana Spine Specialist Today

  • If you have been experiencing the symptoms of kyphosis, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Spine Specialists.
  • We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of procedure is best for you.
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