Kyphosis (Hunchback)

A normal spine, when viewed from behind, appears straight. However, a spine affected by kyphosis shows evidence of a forward curvature of the back bones (vertebrae) in the upper back area, giving an abnormally rounded or “humpback” appearance.


The following are the most common symptoms of Kyphosis.

Individuals may experience symptoms differently.

  • Difference in shoulder height
  • head bends forward compared to the rest of the body
  • tight hamstrings (back thigh) muscles
  • back pain may be present, but rarely is it significant enough to impact normal activity.


Frequent observation and monitoring of the spinal curve to check if it gets worse overtime is typical but the following are some available treatments of Kyphosis.

Please consult with your Hoag physician for a tailored care plan that best suits your situation.

  • Lifestyle Changes 
  • Physical Therapy – Exercises to strengthen the core muscles and pain-relieving medications can help to relieve pain caused from Kyphosis
  • Pain Management
  • Surgery