Kyphosis is the natural curvature of the thoracic spine, i.e., the upper back region, meant to support the weight of the head. However, the term “kyphosis” is generally used to describe an abnormally curved or rounded upper back or the flattening of the normal curves of the lumbar spine. People with kyphosis have a visible hump on the upper back, they seem to be constantly slouching, and the hump adds pressure to the spine, leading to back pain. At an advanced stage, kyphosis may cause severe discomfort and pain while walking or standing.
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- Poor posture
- Scheuermann’s disease
- Spinal injuries
- Herniated discs
- Other underlying conditions
“Getting an appointment was quick and easy. The ladies I spoke with were all very professional, friendly, and helpful, whether it was a phone call or in-person visits. Being able to complete paperwork online before going to the office was convenient as well. Dr. McHugh was very professional and gave a clear and honest opinion and plan moving forward.”
Dr. Brian McHugh conducts a series of physical examinations to determine the root cause of your kyphosis. He may ask you to bend in different ways to examine the curvature of your spine or check your muscle strength and reflexes. After the initial examination, he may recommend a series of imaging tests and nerve tests.
- Imaging Tests: Dr. McHugh may recommend x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs to examine the degree of spinal curvature, possible deformities, tumors, or infections in the spine.
- Nerve Tests: Dr. McHugh may recommend nerve tests to determine how your nerve impulses travel to your extremities. He may recommend this test if he identifies signs of muscle weakness or numbness.
- Bone Density Test: Dr. McHugh may test your bone density level because it worsens your kyphosis.