It is well known that scoliosis is one of the most common medical conditions of the elderly (especially those in their 60s above). Medical professionals use the term kyphosis to describe a condition in which there is an unnatural rounding of the upper back or an excessive curvature of the spine, either of which can lead to discomfort.
A hunchback may be the only symptom of kyphosis, as stated by the mayoclinic (a protruding upper back). People with mild kyphosis may have upper back stiffness, back pain, and a rounded posture.
Medical literature identifies kyphosis as the development of a wedge shape in the upper back (thoracic region). The most frequent reasons are listed below.
A hunched back is typically brought on by this. The muscles and ligaments that support the vertebrae can be stretched out of their normal position by prolonged sitting, carrying heavy baggage, slouching, or leaning back in a chair, all of which can lead to kyphosis.
In order to prevent kyphosis later in life, it is important to strengthen the back and abdominal muscles of children and teenagers by warning them about the dangers of poor posture and encouraging them to stretch and exercise regularly, especially during lengthy periods of sitting.
Diseases that cause bone and joint degeneration and inflammation
WebMD reports that arthritis-caused inflammation in the spine's joints can exacerbate preexisting spinal instability and promote the development of kyphosis. However, collapse of the bone in the front of the spine due to bone degradation disorders such fracture, osteoporosis, sclerosis, and bone cancer can cause vertebrae to take on a wedge form (kyphosis).
Natural sources of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and calcium supplements that can aid in preventing kyphosis include fatty fish, milk, dairy products, dark green leafy vegetables, melons, tomatoes, olive oil, and almonds.
Muscle Weakness in the Back
Kyphosis is the result of weakening back muscles, which can develop if the problem is not identified and treated in time. Inactivity, improper eating habits, premature aging, and inflammation are all potential contributors.
Back muscles can be strengthened through regular practice of the dumbbell roll, lat pulldown, and barbell deadlift. In order to alleviate the symptoms of kyphosis, cutting less on sugary foods and drinks is recommended.
Birth defects (spina bifida), polio, connective tissue diseases, muscular dystrophy, malignancies, and spinal infections are among potential causes of kyphosis. Therefore, you should see a doctor immediately if you have chronic back pain, trouble breathing, numbness in your arms and legs, or loss of bladder control.
Kyphosis can affect both young people and adults. It's important to stress the dangers of poor posture to your kids.
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