Pronounced: ki–fo-sisEn Español (Spanish Version)
Kyphosis is an abnormal rounding or curve to the spine. A certain degree of normal curve is seen in the spine. The abnormal kyphosis occurs 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 is present at birth
- Scheuermann’s kyphosis—a severe type that is genetic, but appears during the teenage years
If you think you or your child may have this condition, contact your doctor. Treatments may need to be started at a young age.
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Last reviewedMarch 2013by Brian Randall, MD
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