What is Hyperkyphosis?
Hyperkyphosis is a condition where the spine curves forward, creating an exaggerated kyphotic curve. This is often accompanied by a rounding of the shoulders and rounding of the upper back.
It may be caused by congenital spinal deformities, poor posture, osteoporosis, or rheumatoid arthritis.
What are the types of Hyperkyphosis?
Hyperkyphosis is a condition in which the spine has a significant curvature. The term hyper means “more than normal”, and kyphosis refers to the shape of the spine.
There are three main types of hyperkyphosis:
Postural kyphosis is caused by repetitive stress on the spine, such as carrying heavy objects or slouching for long periods of time. It is often seen in people who work in professions that require a lot of heavy lifting, such as construction workers and miners. Postural kyphosis can also be caused by osteoarthritis or spondylolisthesis.
Scheuermann’s kyphosis is typically seen in adolescents between the ages of 8 and 15 years old. It occurs when there is an imbalance between growth plates on one side of the vertebral column compared to another side.
This imbalance causes vertebrae to grow faster than usual on one side, resulting in an increased curvature at those points on that side’s growth plate. After puberty, this imbalance usually corrects itself; however, if it does not correct itself, it can lead to further complications like deformity and scoliosis (curvature of other parts of the spine).
Congenital means you were born with it. This type of hyperkyphosis can cause problems with breathing and swallowing, as well as neck pain and weakness in the arms and legs.
What are the symptoms of Hyperkyphosis?
The most common symptoms of hyperkyphosis include:
- A rounded upper back
- A hunched posture
- Aching neck muscles, usually after waking up in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time
What are the causes of Hyperkyphosis?
The most common cause of hyperkyphosis is osteoporosis. The bones become so weak that they are unable to support the weight of the body, and they begin to collapse inward.
This causes a forward-curved posture of the thoracic spine, which is also called “hunchback.” Other causes include:
This is another reason why elderly people may experience hunchbacks because as we age our joints become stiffer and weaker over time as we get older which makes us more prone to falls and injuries
Degenerative disc disease
This occurs when discs between vertebrae lose water content over time causing them to shrink which causes them to press on nerves leading into muscles causing pain sensations
As people age, their bones begin to lose density and become more brittle. This can result in hyperkyphosis as the spine loses its ability to support itself.
This autoimmune disease can cause inflammation throughout the body, including muscle and bone tissue. The resulting pain and stiffness can lead to hyperkyphosis over time as muscles are no longer able to function properly.
Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become brittle and fragile from lack of calcium intake or other factors such as stress or illness, which can lead to hyperkyphosis over time if left untreated or improperly treated with medications like bisphosphonates (Bis) which help keep your bones healthy by helping them rebuild themselves faster than normal so they don’t break down as quickly).
What are the risk factors for Hyperkyphosis?
The risk factors for hyperkyphosis include:
- Postural problems
- Genetic predisposition
- Diabetes mellitus
- Age (over 40)
How to prevent Hyperkyphosis?
Hyperkyphosis is a condition that can cause your upper back to curve forward and make it look like you have a hump on your back.
To prevent hyperkyphosis, try these tips:
- Keep your spine straight by doing regular exercises that strengthen the muscles in your back, shoulders, and abdomen. You can also reduce the risk of hyperkyphosis by doing exercises that strengthen the muscles in your neck, such as those found in Pilates or yoga.
- Maintain good posture by keeping your shoulders back and chin up when you’re sitting at a desk or standing in line at the grocery store.
- If you have back pain that causes you to slouch, try wearing a brace or corset while at work so that you don’t have to worry about whether or not someone will notice if you’re slouching.
What are the exercises for Hyperkyphosis?
Hyperkyphosis, or an excessive curvature of the thoracic spine, is a common condition that can be treated with home exercises.
The following exercises are designed to help you improve your posture and reduce your symptoms:
Foam rolling is a type of self-myofascial release that involves using a foam roller to massage your back muscles. This can help loosen them up and reduce pain, which may be causing you to hunch over.
Use a foam roller to massage the muscles along your back and neck. You can also use it to massage other parts of your body such as your hips, hamstrings, and quads.
TheraBand Exercises are another great way to strengthen core muscles and improve posture. There are many different versions of these exercises available online or at your local gym; some focus on stretching while others focus on strengthening the muscles around your spine and pelvis.
Wrap a TheraBand around your chest and shoulders. Place one hand on top of the other in front of you with elbows bent at 90 degrees. Slowly move your arms forward until they are straight out in front of you (the TheraBand will act as resistance). This exercise strengthens the muscles in your upper back and shoulders that may be weak due to hyperkyphosis.
Side-Lying Thoracic Rotation
This exercise helps strengthen your back muscles by twisting from side-to-side using only your body weights—no equipment necessary!
This exercise involves lying on your side with your legs straight out ahead of you and your knees bent 90 degrees so that they are perpendicular to your torso. Then slowly rotate your upper body toward one side while keeping both shoulders on the floor throughout the movement (the other shoulder should lift off the floor). Repeat 10 times on each side before changing sides.
What are the treatments for Hyperkyphosis?
Hyperkyphosis is a condition that causes the upper back to become rounded and hunched. In some cases, this can lead to compression of the spinal cord and other nerves.
The treatments for Hyperkyphosis include:
This includes exercises to strengthen the muscles in your back and neck. The goal is to make your spine more flexible so it can move more easily.
If physical therapy doesn’t work or if you have other health problems that make it difficult for you to exercise, surgery may be an option. Surgery can help reduce excess bone growth in your spine and improve muscle strength in your lower back.
Explanation of Recommended Orthotic Device
What brace is used for Hyperkyphosis?
The Kyphologic Brace is used to treat hyperkyphosis, or a curvature of the spine that causes the neck and back to curve too far forward.
This brace is made from a soft, molded plastic shell with a nylon cover. It fits snugly against your skin and is held in place by straps that wrap around the torso and chest. The straps work to keep the brace in place while also allowing for some movement during activities.
The Kyphologic Brace can be worn up to 23 hours per day, but should not be worn while sleeping. The brace should be removed for bathing and showering.
When wearing this brace, it’s important to follow all instructions provided by your doctor or therapist.
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