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The pediatric orthopedic specialists with Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville (COOL), affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, are the foremost providers of pediatric orthopedic care in Louisville, Kentucky, and Southern Indiana. Our fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic specialists provide specialized care for children and teens with kyphosis.
Kyphosis is a forward curvature of the spine in the upper back that gives a child’s back an abnormally rounded or “humpback” appearance. The condition can be seen more prominently from the side. Kyphosis is an inflexible spinal condition, not to be confused with poor posture.
Kyphosis can be present at birth (congenital) or caused by trauma, infection or conditions such as:
Common symptoms or signs of kyphosis can include:
Treatment plans for kyphosis will be unique based on a child’s diagnosis and current condition, including:
COOL offers surgical and nonsurgical treatments for kyphosis. Nonsurgical treatments may include:
Surgery may be considered if back bracing cannot slow the progression of the curve and the kyphosis is rigid or progressive greater than 80 degrees. Common kyphosis surgeries include:
Some children with kyphosis may have other conditions as well. The pediatric orthopedic specialists with COOL work with specialists from across the Norton Children’s network to provide care through a multidisciplinary approach that treats the whole child.