The upper region of the spine between the shoulder blades has a natural slight curve. This curve helps absorb shock and supports the weight of the head. Because of gravitational forces, when this curve shape becomes too angled due to congenital malformation, arthritis, degenerative disease, or injury the upper spine, the vertebrae become weak and are prone to fracture. Fractured vertebrae in the upper back become wedge-shaped causing an increased curvature of more than 40 degrees. Kyphosis, commonly referred to as “hunchback,” is the resulting spinal disorder. It is identified by an excessive forward bend limited to the upper region of the spine.
Patients with kyphosis usually have what appears to be a hump on their upper back. In actuality, it is the area of excessive spine curvature. When left untreated, kyphosis can lead to excessive pressure exerted on the spinal cord, resulting in painful symptoms. More importantly from an overall health aspect, kyphosis places the spine into an unnatural and unbalanced alignment, preventing the spine’s muscles from performing their natural function. With aging, the vertebrae have a tendency to fracture and become wedged shaped vertebra. In some instances, these fractures from kyphosis can become so severe that patients lose the ability to use their neck muscle so as to lift up their head. Consequently, they are committed to a life of only looking at the ground unless they have major spinal deforminy reconstructive surgery.
Patients living in Sparta, New Jersey who slouch or notice the rounding of their shoulders may have undiagnosed kyphosis. Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics’s elite team of board-certified neurosurgeons has the solution for patients seeking pain relief from kyphosis and other spinal deformities. A same day procedure, called arthroplasty, can cure the cause of mild kyphosis. Severe kyphosis can also be resolved by our highly skilled spine neurosurgeons.
Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics’s Answer to Varying Degrees of Kyphosis
Kyphosis can occur at birth, be worsened by poor posture, osteoporosis, arthritis, or caused by an injury. Patients in Sparta, NJ can resolve this spine deformity close to home by consulting with Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics’s board-certified spine surgeons who are neurosurgeons plus our physiatry and pain management team. Our doctors will recommend only effective treatments such as strengthening exercises and postural training. If corrective surgery is necessary, the least invasive spine procedure will be recommended.
Intense back pain can drastically alter an individual’s quality of lifestyle. Having treated the entire spectrum of spine conditions through compassionate conservative care as well as surgical procedures, Centers for Neurosurgery, Spine, and Orthopedics will reduce pain from kyphosis and halt the progression of the disease, allowing patients to reclaim a more active, pain-free lifestyle.
A proactive kyphosis treatment plan is one quick phone call away for patients in Sparta, NJ and the Morris County area. Call (973) 633-1122 to schedule a consultation with a spine expert at any of our convenient locations throughout Northern New Jersey.