(Roundback of the Spine; Congenital Kyphosis; Postural Kyphosis; Scheuermann’s Kyphosis; Hunchback)
- Postural kyphosis—the most common abnormal type and is caused by bad posture
- Congenital kyphosis—a type that is present at birth
- Scheuermann’s kyphosis—a severe type that is genetic, but appears during the teenage years
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- Marfan syndrome or other tissue disease
- Condition that weakens bones, like osteoporosis
- Adolescence for postural or Scheuermann’s
- Elderly with osteoporosis and spine fractures
- Boys for Scheuermann’s kyphosis
- Girls for postural kyphosis
- Seek treatment for any bone diseases like arthritis and osteoporosis.
- Pay attention to your posture and avoid slouching.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.aaos.org
American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.healthychildren.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 03/2013 -
- Update Date: 03/15/2013 -