Kyphosis (also known as hunchback or dowager’s hump) is one of the most visually obvious types of back conditions you might experience or see around you. Compared to scoliosis where the spine curves from side to side, kyphosis is a front-to-back curve of the vertebrae. This rounded front-to-back curve of the upper spine creates a dome or hunch-like appearance when viewed from the side profile. In extreme cases, the hunchback may be visible from the front as well.

Kyphosis can have a variety of causes, however it is more common once we reach middle age and particularly in older women due to the increased weakness of the musculoskeletal system. Damage to the vertebrae (e.g. compression fractures or congenital birth defects) can also lead to kyphosis at any age, and associated back pain may worsen over time.

Reach out to our trained chiropractors in our clinic in Novena, Singapore for more information on how chiropractic treatments can help to alleviate back pain linked to kyphosis. Or find out more about kyphosis below:

Health Impacts of Kyphosis

Severe kyphosis can cause breathing or digestive problems as well as back pain, and can also negatively affect someone’s self-confidence and body image due to treatment from others around them. For some severe or complicated cases of kyphosis, surgery may be required, but there are non-surgical methods of intervention that can be attempted first. Our chiropractors in Singapore will perform a thorough consultation and examination upon first visit to determine the extent of your kyphosis before proceeding with treatment suggestions.

How does Poor Posture relate to Kyphosis?

Many of us in Singapore are exposed to digital devices and screens on a regular, even daily, basis. Over time, this can lead to chronic forward-leaning in our posture, where we crane our neck forward to see the screen better.

As we do this regularly we may not notice any back pain or discomfort on a daily basis. However, the impact of this poor posture can build up over time – if done in excess, this may also cause the development of an abnormal curve in our upper vertebrae and the appearance of a ‘lump’ like hunch in our neck. This can be a beginning symptom of kyphosis, and may worsen if early intervention is not taken.

Maintaining good posture while we are working (whether at home or in the office) can help prevent neck pain and other associated ailments. Check out some of these exercises recommended by our chiropractors to help you maintain a healthy posture while you work from home.

How can a Chiropractor help with Kyphosis?

Our chiropractors in Singapore can offer non-surgical options for treating more moderate cases of kyphosis. We can recommend personalised treatments to help alleviate neck and back pain and discomfort related to kyphosis in our clients. In cases where there are congenital or injury-based reasons for kyphosis (e.g. trauma to the spine), it is recommended to seek medical help.

What should I expect from Chiropractic Treatments for my Kyphosis?

Our professional chiropractors will first perform a consultation and diagnosis with you to understand potential factors behind the kyphosis. This may include visual posture checks, range of motion exams, and other diagnostic procedures to pinpoint the underlying causes of your back pain and other complaints. We can then recommend a treatment plan to help strengthen your musculoskeletal system.

If you are experiencing back or neck pain due to sitting too long at work or muscle strains from overworking your back, reach out to us to find out about our chiropractic treatments. We offer various treatments at our clinic in Novena, Singapore including shockwave therapy, dry needling, and spinal decompression therapy.


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