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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.
Why Choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of kyphosis?
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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