Q: I have hyperkyphosis
, and a friend tells me this may affect my lung function.
: A survey of Australian physiotherapists.
 reported that the women with osteoporosis and hyperkyphosis
had loss of back extensor and leg muscles strength, slower gait, and inadequate balance resulting in a tendency to fall.
Being sedentary is the worst thing for your posture: It can cause muscles to atrophy, as well as place a strain on your neck and back Decades of poor posture may lead to the formation of a permanent curve in your upper back, a condition called hyperkyphosis
that is sometimes commonly referred to as "Dowagers hump." This is affected both by your posture throughout your life, as well as your bone health, and is linked with both oseteoporosis and poor nutrition.
Indications for anterior release included large curve magnitude and rotational deformity, rigid curvature, and hyperkyphosis
. Antifibrinolytics were not routinely used.
Nine months later, he was submitted to an extensive yet successful surgery (posterior osteotomy over T12-L1, posterior spinal instrumentation with bone graft at T10-L3, anterior corpectomy, release decompression, and interbody fusion with femur shaft) because remained with a traumatic thoracic hyperkyphosis
. On follow-up at our Infectious Diseases ambulatory clinic, he has remained stable and has not required further antimicrobial therapy or hospital admissions.
There are also several indications for extending fixation and fusion for the LT spine including thoracic hyperkyphosis
, structural scoliosis, osteoporosis, more severe coronal and sagittal plane decompensation, and thoracolumbar junctional kyphosis (7,8).
"Women reporting continuous or remote past HT use had less pronounced kyphosis than never-users by their mid-eighties, suggesting a possible role for HT in the prevention of age-related hyperkyphosis
," the authors write.
The Women's Health Initiative found that these same benefits may also guard against a woman's risk of developing hyperkyphosis
, an exaggerated curvature of the spine that creates a forward-stooped posture.
Indeed, it seems that hyperkyphosis
of the thoracic spine is becoming more and more prevalent, and may now be the most common and problematic postural distortion pattern that manual and movement therapists encounter.
, an abnormal forward curvature in the thoracic spine, is a common progressive deformity of the spine that affects up to 50% of older adults.
Physical examination revealed hyperkyphosis
of the thoracic spine without scoliosis.