Chiropractic Care for Kyphosis

Abnormal kyphosis may cause a hump like appearance in the upper back

Written by Ron Grassi, DC MS ACFEI

Chiropractic care is a nonsurgical treatment option for kyphosis. It can help treat pain, stiffness, and other kyphosis symptoms. The classic sign of kyphosis is a rounded (hump-like) middle back. Generally, the initial step in chiropractic treatment for kyphosis is to determine the cause of the abnormal middle back appearance.

The most common cause of kyphosis is poor posture. But you can be born with kyphosis (called congenital kyphosis). You can also develop kyphosis due to a trauma or a certain disease, such as Scheuermann’s disease. Your chiropractor will determine the exact cause of your kyphosis and develop a treatment plan for you based on what’s causing your kyphosis.

How Does a Chiropractor Diagnose Kyphosis?
To help determine the diagnosis of kyphosis, at your initial appointment, your chiropractor will ask about your medical history and do a physical examination. You may also need imaging tests, such as x-rays.

He or she may also use techniques called motion and static palpation (an examination by means of touch) to feel for tenderness, tightness, and how well your spinal joints move.

What Can Chiropractic Care Do for Kyphosis?
If your kyphosis is caused by poor posture, your chiropractor may be able to help you reduce the “hump” by teaching you better posture. 

Even if your kyphosis isn’t associated with posture, chiropractic care for kyphosis can:

Chiropractic Treatments for Kyphosis
Your chiropractor may use a type of spinal manipulation—also called a spinal adjustment—to improve joint motion. Spinal manipulation is an active, hands-on treatment, and there are multiple variations of this technique.

Manual therapy treatments are also sometimes used to treat injured ligaments and/or muscles.

The chiropractor may also use other treatments to help reduce inflammation caused by kyphosis.

In addition, your chiropractor may prescribe therapeutic exercises to help restore normal spinal motion. He or she will teach you exercises you can do to help you manage kyphosis symptoms.

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