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Kyphosis is an exaggerated forward rounding of the back. It is most common among older women, but can also be seen in infants and teens.


When kyphosis is mild, it may produce no signs.
In severe cases, the following symptoms are present:

  • Abnormally curved or rounded spine
  • Stiffness
  • Back pain


  • Osteoporosis
  • Scheuermann’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Spinal disc degeneration
  • Congenital issues
  • Proximal junctional kyphosis – breaking down of the spine above an area where prior surgery was done


Our physicians can confirm a diagnosis of kyphosis during an office visit.

Here’s what to expect during your appointment:

Physical Exam

The diagnosis process will begin with a full physical examination to assess the rounding of your back, your reflexes, and your muscle strength.

Imaging Tests

Following the physical examination, we will order an X-ray, a CT scan, and/or an MRI to aid in our diagnosis. This will allow us to assess the degree of your condition, along with any potential co-existing issues, such as a tumor or infection.

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Once you are diagnosed with kyphosis, our focus will be on treating your underlying condition, relieving any pain, and correcting the curve.

To that end, we will likely recommend a blend of the following approaches:

Pain Relievers

If you are in pain due to your condition, you may need prescription-strength medications to relieve your discomfort.


In many cases, physical therapy exercises can help to increase flexibility and minimize pain.

Lifestyle Changes

Many patients benefit from lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, getting regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy diet high in calcium and vitamin D.


In severe cases, a surgery known as spinal fusion may be required to treat the condition. During this procedure, our specialists will surgically correct the curve by connecting the affected vertebrae with metal rods and screws.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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