(Roundback of the Spine; Congenital Kyphosis; Postural Kyphosis; Scheuermann’s Kyphosis; Hunchback)
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- Postural—the most common abnormal type, caused by bad posture
- Congenital—a type that is present at birth, frequently with abnormalities of the vertebral bodies
- Scheuermann’s—a type that is genetic, but appears during the teenage years
- Back pain or stiffness
- Intense fatigue
- Exaggerated rounding of the shoulders
- Forward-bending head in comparison to the rest of your body
- Differences in shoulder height
North American Spine Society http://www.spine.org
Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.orthoinfo.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
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- Reviewer: Teresa Briedwell, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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