OPA treats a wide variety of back conditions and offers comprehensive treatment options — including many non-surgical solutions.

What is Kyphosis?

The spine is divided into cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), and lumbar (lower back) regions. Each region’s natural curve maintains spine shape, stability, and posture. A spinal curvature disorder occurs when the spine deviates from its natural shape.

Kyphosis is a spinal curvature disorder of the thoracic vertebrae. Kyphosis causes an abnormally pronounced “reverse c” shape, also known as a hunchback.

Common Causes:

    • Birth defects
    • Degenerative disc disease
    • Fractures
    • Osteoporosis
    • Spine development problems during puberty

Many people have asymptomatic kyphosis but do not know it.
Symptoms you should look for:

    • Muscle spasms
    • Pain
    • Stiffness
  • When you arrive for your initial consultation, one of our experienced and Board-Certified Spine Specialists will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

    When diagnosing kyphosis, The OPA Spine Team:

      • Obtain the patient’s medical history
      • Perform a physical examination
      • Orders and analyze X-rays

Common Treatments:

Surgery may be recommended to treat severe kyphosis, especially in the instance where a nerve root is pinched or compressed. During a minimally invasive spinal fusion procedure, portions of vertebral bone and cartilage are removed and proper spine curvature is restored. A small plate and screws hold the spine in a fixed position. Bone graft is packed into the spine and later fuses with existing bone to form a single, solid bone that does not move but causes no pain.

Nonsurgical treatment options treat the majority of cases of kyphosis. Any of the following may be included in a treatment plan:



A removable back brace.

Oral medications decrease nerve inflammation and pain.
Physical Therapy

One of OPA’s onsite physical therapist prescribes and monitors strengthening and stretching exercises.

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