What is Kyphosis?
Kyphosis, the forward bending of the spine, occurs naturally and is a perfectly normal condition. Hyperkyphosis is when the spine bends forward more than normal resulting in a rounded back appearance. Kyphosis and Hyperkyphosis are not be confused with scoliosis, the lateral bend, and twist of the spine. For more information about the difference between hyperkyphosis and scoliosis, please read this article.
How to Treat Hyperkyphosis
When treating hyperkyphosis we use a similar strategy to our Silicon Valley Method for scoliosis treatment with some slight altercations. This method involves the same basic principles of addressing the root cause, correcting the curve, and giving the patient the tools and exercises needed to maintain a healthy corrected posture going forward.
Target the Cause of the Hyperkyphosis
What is causing the spine to bend forward more than normal? There are different types of kyphosis that can be caused for various reasons such as a post-trauma, abnormal vertebrae shape, old age, or other genetic factors. The cause of the kyphosis then determines the treatment method going forward.
Free the Spine
Often times the spine becomes stiff from being stuck in the hyperkyphosis shape. This “stuck” state is due to contractures–ligament and tissue that has hardened due to being stagnant. In order to reverse the kyphosis to its normal state, we use a specially designed in-house equipment to safely apply pressure in the opposite direction.
Brace the Kyphosis
The spine can only grow as straight as the brace makes it. A brace for Hyperkyphosis is used to ensure that the spine does not grow in the wrong direction to further induce kyphosis.
Train the Body to Hold a Corrected Posture
Neuromuscular imbalances often occur with Kyphosis. We use a variety of exercises and devices designed to stimulate the body’s muscles to hold and maintain a corrective posture to avoid further kyphosis. Schroth exercises are frequently taught and administered to the patient to encourage correction.
MRI Monitoring of Kyphosis
Monitoring the effectiveness of kyphosis treatment is critical to ensure that the kyphosis curve does not progress. By using an upright MRI we are able to view the spine in its normal weight-bearing posture as frequently as we’d like without any risk of exposing the body to harmful X-ray radiation.