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Kyphosis

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Symptoms of Kyphosis

In children as well as adults, kyphosis can cause a humpback look. Other signs of kyphosis include:

  • Back pain
  • Intense tiredness (fatigue)
  • Stiffness in the back

In more serious cases, kyphosis can cause problems in the heart and lungs. It may make it more likely that your child will one day develop arthritis in the back.

Kyphosis Diagnosis

During your child’s visit to our clinic, we take X-rays of the backbone to look for the cause of kyphosis. X-rays also help us find out what type of kyphosis your child may have.

If your child has congenital kyphosis, we usually will ask them to have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan to make sure that the curve is not pressing on the spinal cord.

As your child grows, we will take X-rays of the spine every three to four months so we can monitor changes in the curve. We also will check your child’s neurological function and your child's development.

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