Are you getting shorter each year? Or are you noticing a rounded back? You may have developed kyphosis and need to see a spine specialist in Beverly Hills. Dr. Sang Do Kim of SK Spine is a highly educated and experienced board certified orthopedic spine surgeon who has trained with the most recognized spinal deformity and cervical spine surgeons in the world. He is known to provide compassionate care and has a unique ability to explain the patient’s conditions in language they can understand. His surgical skill in minimally invasive surgical techniques as well as major deformity spinal surgeries is recognized by his peers in the spine community.
Kyphosis is a deformity of the spine in which the normal contours of the spine (when viewed from the side) are exaggerated. Commonly referred to as “swayback” or thought to be poor posture by parents looking at their children, kyphosis can be very mild to quite severe. Kyphosis usually occurs in the thoracic spine and can be seen in teenagers and adults. In teenagers the cause is thought to be due to a growth disturbance in the vertebrae and occurs without pain. In older adults, kyphosis is often due to painful compression deformities of the vertebrae themselves, osteoporosis, cancer, or other spinal conditions. To confirm the diagnosis, the spine specialist in Beverly Hills Will take an x-ray to observe the curve and measure it. In some cases an MRI may be needed and adults may require a CT scan.
The treatment of kyphosis in teenagers is usually observation (or in more severe cases, a brace). If the curve progresses and the deformity becomes severe, the spine specialist in Beverly Hills may suggest surgery. The surgery results in improvement of the curve and a more cosmetic appearance to the spine. It also relieves the pressure on spinal nerves and internal organs. In adults, treatment is usually non-operative with therapy and medications, although surgery may be necessary in some cases. Some patients benefit from wearing supportive back braces or doing specific exercises to stretch hypertonic (tight) muscles. To get an appropriate diagnosis and treatment for your kyphosis, give Dr. Kim a call today.