Chiropractic Care and Kyphosis
Living with mild to severe kyphosis can be uncomfortable, to say the least. The condition causes the appearance of a hunched back, causing the spine to become curved and rounded.
This condition usually affects older women with osteoporosis, a disease that causes the bones to becomes brittle and weak. In rare instances, children and teenagers acquire kyphosis when their bones are malformed from birth. If you start to notice a hump in your infant or young child’s back, it is important to take them to get looked at by a doctor immediately.
With kyphosis, the bones of the spine become compressed, causing the hunched appearance. The disease causes the vertebra to become wedged shaped, instead of the cylinder shape in a healthy spine. Like I mentioned above, osteoporosis is a main cause of kyphosis. Osteoporosis causes the vertebra to literally become crushed due to compression fractures that occur with the thinning of the bones.
In addition to to osteoperosis, there are other reasons for kyphosis. In some cases, the degeneration of disks that cushion the vertebra can wear down. This generally happens with age. Another disease called Scheuermann’s disease occurs during adolescent growth spurts. This can cause the spinal curvature to become very pronounced as the child grows. Kyphosis can also appear in people who have certain syndromes such as Marfan, Prader-Willi and spinal cancer.
In either of the causes, kyphosis can be quite painful, not to mention disfiguring. The extreme curvature of the spine can cause chronic back pain and stiffness. In fact, the condition can become so extreme that it can be debilitating, interfering with everyday life, such as leading to a compressed stomach, which may cause an decreased appetite and eventually unhealthy weight loss. When the curve becomes too predominant, especially in children and teenagers who have the condition, it can be mentally debilitating. The disease can also cause them to be insecure with their bodies, especially if they are forced to wear a corrective brace to fix the hump.
Fortunately, there are options for correcting kyphosis. Chiropractic is one of these options that focuses on treating patients all naturally. Chiropractic manipulations may alleviate the pain and stiffness that comes with the condition, as well as correct poor posture. Adjusting the spinal area with manipulations may improve the joints’ range of motion. Regular adjustments may help reduce inflammation, muscle spasm, chronic pain and slow down the speed of degeneration.