Hyperkyphosis can be caused by:
- fractures of the vertebrae due to low bone density
- Scheuermann's disease
- poor posture habits
- muscle weakness
- degenerative disk disease
- ligament degeneration
- family history of the condition
WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?
Treating hyperkyphosis, or extreme forward curvature of the upper back, is important for several reasons. It can help prevent or manage pain caused by strain on the spinal structures, improve functional abilities by addressing posture issues, and manage associated health problems such as spinal fractures, breathing difficulties, and falls. Treatment can also enhance an individual's quality of life by improving the cosmetic appearance of the spine, boosting self-confidence, and addressing any underlying causes such as osteoporosis or fractures.
Hyperkyphosis may well be caused by osteoporotic vertebral fractures. This can be a clear sign of osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones and increases the risk of fractures. It's important to recognize hyperkyphosis early as it may indicate the presence of osteoporosis. Treating osteoporosis promptly can help prevent future fractures and related health issues.
HOW DO WE FIX IT?
Here are some exercises that could prove beneficial:
- Chin tucks: Pull your chin straight back to strengthen neck muscles. Do three sets of 10 daily.
- Scapular squeezes: Squeeze your shoulder blades together to improve upper back muscles. Do three sets of 10 daily.
- Doorway pectoral stretches: Stand in a doorway, raise your arms like a goalpost with palms forward, place palms on door frame, and step forward with one foot to feel a chest stretch. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Do two to three times daily.
- Maintain good posture and avoid prolonged bending of the neck.
- Use your cell phone and computer at eye level to avoid neck bending.
- Take breaks from prolonged computer and cell phone use.
- Practice pulling your spine straight throughout the day to improve posture.
- Consider physical therapy or chiropractic treatment to improve joint mobility and muscle strength.