How to Recognize and Treat Kyphosis (Dowager’s Hump)
While you might have heard of a “dowager’s hump,” it is neither a medical nor an appropriate term to label this condition. It refers to a curving of the spine that causes a rounded or hunched upper back. Kyphosis is the proper medical term for this condition. Stretches and medical care can remedy it, depending on how severe the condition is.
What Causes Kyphosis?
Kyphosis can be caused by a variety of different factors. Some include the following:
1. Poor Posture
- Slouching or hunching
- Leaning back while sitting
- Lifting and carrying heavy things on your back
2. Injuries of the Spine
Spinal injuries like fractures can harm the spine and change its curvature.
3. Bone or Spine Conditions
Kyphosis may also be caused by underlying bone or spinal conditions and is more common in older people. Degenerative disk disease and osteoporosis are two examples of these disorders.
4. Developmental Conditions
When the spine does not develop properly during a growth spurt, kyphosis may develop. Scheuermann’s kyphosis is the name for this type of condition. People with this disorder have vertebrae that are triangle-shaped rather than rectangular-shaped. Increased spinal curvature develops because of this.
Spinal cancer can cause the vertebrae to weaken, which can lead to kyphosis. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer may also have a similar impact.
Symptoms of Kyphosis
Kyphosis occurs when the angle of the spine deviates from its normal range. The severity of the condition can vary. In general, the more extreme the signs are, the greater the curve of the spine.
Some common symptoms include:
- A hump on the back or rounded shoulders
- Back pain or discomfort
- Feeling tired or worn out
- Tight hamstrings
Can Chiropractors Help?
Chiropractic treatment is one of the most effective ways to treat kyphosis naturally. A chiropractor will try to remedy the problem. On your first visit, a chiropractor will examine your spine and ask you a few questions. They may require information such as how long you have been experiencing symptoms and where your painful areas are. An x-ray may be required depending on the severity of the condition – this will provide them with a closer look. After this, they will develop a customized treatment plan for you.
A chiropractor will also use the flexion-distraction technique to provide relief. This is a gentle adjustment that will move the spine without causing discomfort. In reality, you will likely be unaware that your spine has been adjusted.
It is also popular for the following reasons:
- Lessens spinal pressure
- Improves flexibility
- Lessens inflammation
Other natural treatment methods include:
- Massage therapy
- Interferential therapy
Please see a chiropractor if you are suffering from joint pain or other physical discomforts. Atlas Injury to Health in Winter Garden, Florida, will customize a care plan for you based on your specific needs. Dr. Michael St. Louis employs several techniques to help his patients alleviate stress, relieve joint pain, fix lower back pain, reduce tension, enhance body cognitive communication, and provide insight on how to fix sciatica. Your health is our top priority. To learn more, call 407-656-0390 or email [email protected].
Photo courtesy of: Brightside.com