Choosing the most effective treatment
Although kyphosis can cause pain and result in a curved posture, it may not have effects on other parts of the body. So, treatment may focus on pain relief, posture support, or both, depending on each person’s unique condition.
Your doctor will help you choose the best treatment based on:
- Your age, medical history, and current health status
- The severity of your condition
- The projected future course of your condition
- Your tolerance for medications and other treatment options
- Your personal preferences
Emphasizing minimally invasive options
Early, precise diagnosis and treatment are key to receiving timely care, relieving symptoms, and stopping or slowing the progression of kyphosis.
To monitor your condition, we recommend regular, repeated examinations.
To treat your condition, we recommend nonsurgical approaches whenever appropriate:
- Exercises to strengthen core muscles
- Braces: Your doctor can help you decide on the right type of brace and how long to wear it.
- Physical therapy
- Medication to relieve pain
- Lifestyle changes, including weight reduction and smoking cessation
Surgical treatment when absolutely necessary
Surgery is a fairly rare treatment for kyphosis. We have extensive experience with all surgical procedures for kyphosis but use this option only when imaging tests show that the curve is severe, continuing to progress, or not responding to braces or other treatments.