About Kyphosis Correction

Kyphosis is a spinal disorder in which the forward curvature of the spinal cord. This kyphosis results in weakening the spine bones, which leads to pain and stiffness in the back. This kyphosis is commonly observed in adult people who are between 20 to 40. This condition is also called “hunchback” or “round back”. Patients with kyphosis need surgery to remove the excessive spinal curve.
Kyphosis correction treatment is mainly preferable for the congenital kyphosis and severe posture correction problems. The most opted surgery for kyphosis is spinal fusion. This involves the shaping of vertebrae together to make it into a single element of the bone. And other surgical procedures include inserting rods, screws, plates into the spine to stabilize the spine and enhance the fusion of bone grafting. This reduces the curvature of the spine and corrects its posture.
There are several surgical corrective treatments for kyphosis. The type of kyphosis surgery may vary from person to person.


Kyphosis mostly occurs when the vertebrae in the upper back become wedge-shaped. There are several reasons for kyphosis. It rarely affects newborns. These reasons may include

  • Age
  • Arthritis
  • Certain endocrine disorders
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Infections like tuberculosis
  • Scheuermann’s disease


  • To reduce he spine tdeformity
  • To reduce pain
  • To diminish the further complications caused by deformed curvature
  • To decrease the pressure placed on the spinal canal and surrounding nerves and paves way for recovery


Kyphosis correction treatment is one of the spinal deformity correction surgeries done by the experienced spine surgeon. The main aim of this surgery is to correct the deformity and hence improve the symptomatology and spine functionality.
The mild postural kyphosis deformity treatment rarely includes physical therapy to provide extra support to your back and abdominal muscles. This will reduce the pressure on the spine and improve its posture. Exercises form a main role in the management of postural kyphosis.
Treatment options depend on the cause and severity of the kyphosis. Mild postural kyphosis can be treatable with the help of pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. In problems like Scheuermann’s disease and its further complications can be treated with the help of bracings and exercises. But in case of severe kyphosis problems, it needs spinal fusion surgery after correction of the spinal deformity.


Treatment for kyphosis depends on the many reasons, including the patient’s age, previous medical complications, type of kyphosis, and severity of the curve. Both non-surgical and surgical treatments are available.

  • Non-surgical treatment for kyphosis: For the patients who have less than 75 degrees of poor spinal postural problems, then the spin specialist will prescribe for non-surgical treatment procedures.
  • Exercising to strengthen muscles and improves the posture .
  • Physical therapy.
  • Using back brace.
  • Pain medications and anti-inflammatories.
  • Surgery for kyphosis: There are different types of surgical fusions which includ
  • Spinal fusion after correction of deformity: It is a type of surgery that helps in fusing the two or more vertebrae with the help of screws and rods to eliminate the motion between them. This surgery helps in holding the positions of spinal bone and also eliminates the movement of vertebrae permanently.
  • Osteotomy: In this surgical process, the bone is cut to eliminate the angular deformities. And the ends of the bone are realigned and allowed to heal.
  • Kyphoplasty: It is a vertebral augmentation surgery to treat fractures in the vertebra. This surgery is also known as “balloon vertebroplasty”. During this surgery, the surgeon will make a small incision in the spinal area. By using a narrow tube, the surgeon will create a path through the back into fractured vertebrae.

The surgeon will insert a special balloon into the vertebrae through the tube under the guidance of x-ray images. After the balloon inflates, it elevates the fractures of the vertebra. This balloon helps in returning the fractured pieces to a normal position and closely packed the soft inner bone to create the vertebrae cavity. The balloon is removed, and now the surgeon will insert a material called PMMA (Polymethyl methacrylate) to stabilize the bone quickly.


  • Follow medicine prescribed by regularly
  • Don’t soak your incision too much while bathing
  • Wear a brace if the surgeon prescribes it
  • Try to do activities as prescribed
  • Avoid driving for long hours
  • Follow your consultation regularly


  • Avoid strenuous activities bending, pushing, stretching, etc
  • Avoid heavyweight lifting
  • Avoid driving until it heals completely
  • Avoid sitting at one place for longer durations
  • Depending on the comfort levels you can climb stairs