The NeuroMedical Center | Patient Education Library | Kyphosis

This condition is a deformity of the spine. With it, your vertebrae change from a cylindrical shape to a wedge shape. Your spine may begin to curve forward. Eventually, this gives your upper back a rounded appearance.


Several different causes can result in kyphosis. It may be caused by osteoporosis. This is a loss of bone density. It makes your bones weak and brittle. It can allow your vertebrae to fracture and compress. Kyphosis is also caused by degeneration of your spinal discs. It can be caused by cancer. And it can be caused by birth defects,
diseases and syndromes that affect the spine.

If your kyphosis is mild, you may not notice any symptoms. As it progresses, your spine may curve forward. You may experience stiffness. You may have aches in your neck and back. Severe kyphosis may put pressure on your spinal nerves. And it may cause your organs to become compressed. This can cause a wide range of problems.

The spine experts at The NeuroMedical Center take a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating kyphosis and other disorders of the spine.  Treatment options can include medications,  exercise, and wearing a brace. If conservative measures fail, your neurosurgeon may recommend surgery to  straighten and stabilize the spine. Spine procedures and surgeries are performed in the award-winning Spine Hospital of Louisiana.