dowager's hump


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hump

 [hump]
a rounded eminence; called also gibbus.
dowager's hump popular name for dorsal kyphosis caused by multiple wedge fractures of the thoracic vertebrae seen in osteoporosis.
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dowager's hump

(dou′ə-jərz)
n.
An abnormal curvature of the spine that is primarily manifested as a rounded hump in the upper back and that typically affects older women. The curvature is the result of collapse of the spinal column caused by osteoporosis.
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dowager's hump

(dow′ă-jerz)
Cervical lordosis with dorsal kyphosis due to slow loss of bone (i.e., osteoporosis). This may occur at any age but is seen most commonly in elderly women.
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But if you do notice this layer of tissue forming, whether people start to urge you to stand up straight or you can feel the area by rubbing your neck, it's not too late to take steps to keep the dowager's hump from progressing.
DOWAGER'S HUMP This debilitating condition is a side-effect of brittle bones (osteoporosis).
Vertebral fractures can cause back pain, height loss, the development of hyperkyphosis (also known as Dowager's hump), a loss of function, and an increased risk for future osteoporotic fractures.
The curl of her dowager's hump was so pronounced, her head seemed to be attached to the front of her throat."
I have a dowager's hump. My husband thinks I could just straighten up my back, but I can't do it.
It's a disease that's been tagged as the silent killer and years ago more cruelly as the dowager's hump. The condition of osteoporosis is almost unique in that victims will experience few if any obvious symptoms.
POSTURE Sitting up straight can prevent the development of dowager's hump, also known as hunch back.
The OsteoBall uses resistance training to stimulate formation of stronger bone, helps prevent "dowager's hump," improves your posture, and strengthens muscles.
Crumbling of the bones in the spine can also cause a marked loss of height and a disfiguring stoop (dowager's hump).
They are responsible for the condition commonly called "dowager's hump," or kyphosis, in which a person's back becomes hunched over.