Pronounced: ki–fo-sisEn Español (Spanish Version)
Kyphosis is a normal rounding curve that is seen in the in the upper back. Hyperkyphosis, or hunchback, occurs when the angle of the outward curve is exaggerated. The sooner hyperkyphosis is treated, the better the outcome.
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Three main types of hyperkyphosis and their causes include:
- Postural—the most common abnormal type, caused by bad posture
- Congenital—a type that is present at birth, frequently with abnormalities of the vertebral bodies
- Scheuermann’s—a type that is genetic, but appears during the teenage years
Other causes of hyperkyphosis are unknown.
Last reviewedDecember 2014by Michael Woods MD
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