These curves are normal and are present to assist the spine in absorbing and dissipating the forces entering into the system from above and below.
In some cases, these curves can be lost, as is typically seen in the cervical spine following a whiplash injury where the cervical curve becomes more straight, while in other cases the curves can become more exaggerated as is sometimes seen in the thoracic spine.
Hyperkyphosis refers to the exaggeration and accentuation of the thoracic curve and can lead to functional limitations. Here are a few articles that better define the condition and provide some treatment options.
Hyperkyphosis is an exaggerated curvature of the thoracic spinal region. Most cases of increased kyphotic curvature are harmless, but some may cause back pain.
Publish Date: 12/08/2010 13:23
In the past decade, research into the detrimental effects of thoracic hyperkyphosis on patient populations has become quite prolific. In fact, studies have identified that hyperkyphosis places a person at greater risk of …
Publish Date: 09/11/2011 21:43
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