Kyphosis is a rounded curvature of the upper spine that contributes to a “stooped” or “hunched” look. It may be caused over time by a number of factors, including congenital defects, osteoporosis, bad posture, and even nutritional deficiencies. In many cases, kyphosis can be prevented and even reversed. Here are some ways you may be able to prevent kyphosis.
Kyphosis can occur as a result of osteoporosis, in which bones become brittle and fragile, and small fractures can cause the upper back to bend forward. The best way to prevent this form of kyphosis is by reducing the risk of osteoporosis. This can be accomplished with a diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D to keep bones strong. It is also important to stop smoking, as the chemicals in cigarette smoke weaken the bones.
Regular exercise can keep the bones and muscles in your spine flexible, pliable and strong. If kyphosis is in its earliest stages, certain exercises may reduce the effects of it. Consult with a physician to develop an exercise plan that’s right for you.
A surprising number of kyphosis cases occur over time as a result of bad posture. As you get older, talk with your doctor or a physical therapist about ways to practice good posture. Corrections in posture can also improve existing kyphosis.
To learn more about preventing or treating kyphosis, call Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center today at (404) 256-2633.