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Kyphosis

If you look at a normal spine from the side, you will notice it makes a natural S-curve. The term “kyphosis” refers to a spine abnormality in which the spine curves outward at a severe angle at the midback. Kyphosis should not be confused with scoliosis, which is a different spine abnormality.

Kyphosis: What You Need to Know

 
  • There are several different types of kyphosis, including Scheuermann’s kyphosis, congenital kyphosis and kyphosis caused by osteoporosis.
  • Depending on the type and severity of the spinal abnormality, no treatment may be required.
  • When treatment is required, bracing may be enough. In severe cases, surgery may be an appropriate treatment.

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Why Choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of kyphosis?

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Our Physicians

Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help you manage kyphosis.

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Our Staff

Our physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) specialize in pediatric orthopaedics and play a key role in providing care to our patients and families.

Meet our staff that cares for children with kyphosis:

Kristen Venuti, C.R.N.P.

Bracing for Kyphosis

Joshua explains what it is like for him to wear a brace to correct kyphosis.

 

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