View Full Version : I got diagnosed with kyphosis and its getting to me...

11-17-2005, 02:21 AM
Hey im brandon, 17. I was told by a chiropractor after a bunch of x-rays that i have a case of kyphosis. I obvously noticed the "hump" (hate using that word) :mad: in my back. Thats why i went there. I dont think its super noticeable but like u know when u see me. So recently ive been doing exercise and adjustments. :cool: But Everytime i sit down im all worried if anyone notices it or i think im trying to sit up straight and im not. Its almost like im paranoid. Ive searced so much and found nothing to really help me out. This forum is so tight. I cant really talk to my friends about it, itd be wierd. But like ive mentioned it. Another one of my friends has the same problem but weve never talked about it. Id really like to know how everyone else deals with it. :cool: I just worry about the beach and things like that, i dunno if anyones gonna notice. Thnx from ur help.

:confused: Bmizz

11-17-2005, 02:46 AM
Hey Brandon! Welcome!
Do you know what's causing your kyphosis?
I'm 28, and have kyphosis caused by three of my vertebrae being fused at birth - didn't have it picked up when I was younger, which sucked! :rolleyes:

To be honest, I'm not really too bothered by my hump. I guess I'm lucky in that mine is only really noticeable when I'm hunched over. My problems have mainly been due to my muscles being completely unbalanced because of my deformity - most of the muscles in my back/shoulders/neck are too weak. So I find myself hesitating to do exercise and physical work. I ask myself 'Is my body able to handle this?' and doubting if it can. But, yeah, it's still a self-doubt thing all the same.

Best thing I did was to find a physical therapist and get a set of exercises - it's made me a fair bit stronger (though still a fair way to go!) and a bit more confident in my own body and its abilities. As for its shape... I guess I just figure that if someone's stupid enough to be bothered by it, then you're not missing out on anything by not having them around. Those who accept me for who I am (and the shape I am) are smart enough to know that it's the person on the inside that matters. ;)

Hope that helps!
Martin Hughes

Mary Lou
11-17-2005, 07:13 AM

My 14 y.o. daughter had surgery 11 months ago to correct her Kyphosis and Scoliosis.

Kyphosis can be caused by several different things-fused vertebrae, sometimes it goes along with Scoliosis, etc. My suggest to you is to go to a pediatric orthopedic doctor who specializes in Scoliosis/Kyphosis. At your age, you probably have some more growing to do and as you grow, your Kyphosis could continue to get worse. Sad thing is, you will probably have to go to a family doctor and then go to a pediatric doctor from there. Did the chiro. say what degree your Kyphosis is right now? Depending on how much growing you still have to do and what degree the Kyphosis is, a doctor might suggest you wear a brace to try and keep the Kyphosis from getting worse. If you are skeletally mature, they might just watch to make sure it doesn't progress.

I hope this helps. Feel free to ask if you have more questions.

Mary Lou

11-17-2005, 11:38 AM

Good advice from Mary Lou, you should see a pediatric ortho doctor who will be able to determine what degree of kyphosis you have, how much growing you have left to do if any (doctor will be able to tell from X-ray) and based on that can give you an estimation on whether they feel it may progress (or not) and whether you need treatment such as bracing or surgery. As for feeling self-conscious, I totally understand, having lived with scoliosis but I have found its really not as noticeable to people as you think. I've lived (and beached!, lol) in So. Ca. all my life, and if you think about some of the people you see that dare to stroll around in a speedo or teeny bikini, I say a hump (or crooked back in my case) is really not so bad!

Good luck to you & keep us posted on how things go.

Peace & Good Will to All,


11-17-2005, 02:35 PM
Hey Brandon, Welcome aboard. My 17 yo daughter had surgery for Scheuermann's Kyphosis 8 months ago. You need to see a Pediatric Orthopedic specialist. You an get in at Shriners hospital to see one at no cost to you, your family, or insurance. If you need a brace, Shriners will also provide that at no cost. If you need surgery, Shriners will also do that at no cost. Also, as long as Shriners diagnoses you before you turn 18, they will treat you until you are 21. Pretty great. YUP YUP YUP.

My daughter, like you, was worried about people seeing her hump. She used to get very depressed about it because a couple of "BULLY'S" would tease her at school. She also had a lot of back pain from her kyphosis. The best day of her life, was the day of her surgery. It not only corrected her back, it releived all the muscle spasms and pain she got from having kyphosis.

Do see a specialist and let us know what you find out.

'til later,

11-17-2005, 05:35 PM
That really helps alot... the chiro said its not severe enough for surgery but ill deffinatly go to the free conceltation you sugested. i guess its just gonna be something i have to deal with and get over. but thanks for all your help.


11-22-2005, 04:58 PM
Wow.. Glad to have found a forum that discusses Kyphosis.

11-22-2005, 11:25 PM

I do not want to scare you or make you worry but if a Dr. notices a curve you should have it checked out by a othopedic dr. who specializes in scoliosis. The othopedic Dr. will measure your curve based on the xray and look at your skeleton structure for any signs of scoliosis. A chiropractor is not trained to diagnose.

Everyone has natural Kyphosis which is usually measured at the highest curve of 10-30 degrees...any curve over that is usually watched closely for progression.

The Drs. found a curve when I was 16, was told to wear a brace but refused....can you say dumbass me.. You are still young and just wearing a brace could fix you.....that is if you even have abnormal Kyphosis....it could be the way you are made.....when we are teenagers we find flaws on our body even if they are normal......You may be perfect in every way ;)

Hope that helps

11-27-2005, 02:01 PM
Hey .. im 17 and I have kyphosis too ... its due to the scoliosis i have. it might be a little noticeable, but its pretty much a part of you. So if anyone asks about it, just look at them and tell em what it is .. Il be honest, ive only been questioned about mine maybe 5 times, ... in all of highschool, im a senior now,and mine is pretty obvious. its probaly not as noticeable as u think ... sometimes i wonder if ppl notice it when i lean over, or just how my shoulder sorta sticks out... but really, everyone says that unless i had said something about it, they wouldnt have thought anything different. So basically ... dont worry about it, its a part of you and who are, and people might have questions, but thats gonna happen - just answer them, atleast they'll understand that not everyone is perfect ...
Good luck with everything ... if u ever need to talk, lemme know.

01-02-2006, 08:49 PM
Just want to throw in my two cents. I too have kypho-scoliosis...50 degrees to the front and 15 to the right. 26 years old now and have noticed the problem for a good 10 years just never did anything with it. Mine is very visible when I sit down or bend over even a little. Sitting in a hard backed chair is always a problem. The "hump" presses hard against the chair to sit up straight and well that hurts! My best advice is...a little self confidence goes a very long way. Self loathing and self pity are the worse things you can do right now. Just explain to those that say anything and to hell with rest of them.

01-03-2006, 02:56 PM
Chiropractors are great to find something, but they never want to go the surgery route. Many will tell you that they can 'fix' it without surgery, and then because of their confidence, often you dont go to a specialist and miss a chance that you could have had to do something else. Definatly go to see a orthopedic specialist that deals with scoliosis/kyphosis.
I noticed that you are in Huntington Beach. I go to school near there. Hope all is well.