Table of Contents Introduction Anatomy Causes Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment Options Introduction Kyphosis is the term used to describe a type of abnormal curve in the spine.
The thoracic spine naturally has some kyphosis or "C"-shaped curve.
There is a range because the amount of "normal" curve varies from person to person.
If the curve is more than 40 to 45 degrees, it is considered a spinal deformity. The abnormal curve can be congenital, which means it is a condition present from birth.
A congenital spine problem affects the development of the spine.
Methods of treating kyphosis have evolved over time.
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Diagnosis History In order to make a proper diagnosis and rule out other possible conditions, the first step is to take a history.
If kyphosis is suspected, your doctor will want to know about the following specific things: Family History - Some types of kyphosis tend to run in families, so it may have a genetic cause.