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    Hi guys, I've been exercising a lot lately and I developed lots of muscles on my back. I'm 21, with kyphosis. Not quite sure if I have a postural kyphosis. I've never done an x-ray to examine my curvature degree. That's why I wanted to ask if one of you guys would know to give an assumption about "what's my degree of my curve ?" I'm thinking about 60 or 75 ? But I have no idea. Please I need some answers, would appreciate it. I know we got some great professionals on this forum. Thanks.


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    Hi Innocent, thanks for your request for help but I'm really sorry, I can't help you much I'm not a professional and nor do I have the training to look at a curve from the outside and try to work out what degree it might be - especially where kyphosis is concerned, as I don't have as much experience with that as with scoliosis. If you have any x-rays there are a few of us here who can try to measure your Cobb Angle from those, but again we are all amateurs and cannot guarantee how accurate we'd be.

    Hopefully someone with Kyphosis here will be able to help estimate the degree of your curvature by comparing their own case to yours. All I can say is that compared to others that I have seen here, your curve looks a lot milder than many. Can you straighten the curve out simply by making yourself sit up straight? If so, it could well be a postural curve and physio might help you a lot. In any case, most curves do have some postural element so building up strength in your back can be very helpful with the way things look cosmetically (just be careful not to overdo things, as spinal curvatures can make it easier to injure discs etc).

    Really sorry I can't help more

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    37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonibunny View Post
    Hi Innocent, thanks for your request for help but I'm really sorry, I can't help you much I'm not a professional and nor do I have the training to look at a curve from the outside and try to work out what degree it might be - especially where kyphosis is concerned, as I don't have as much experience with that as with scoliosis. If you have any x-rays there are a few of us here who can try to measure your Cobb Angle from those, but again we are all amateurs and cannot guarantee how accurate we'd be.

    Hopefully someone with Kyphosis here will be able to help estimate the degree of your curvature by comparing their own case to yours. All I can say is that compared to others that I have seen here, your curve looks a lot milder than many. Can you straighten the curve out simply by making yourself sit up straight? If so, it could well be a postural curve and physio might help you a lot. In any case, most curves do have some postural element so building up strength in your back can be very helpful with the way things look cosmetically (just be careful not to overdo things, as spinal curvatures can make it easier to injure discs etc).

    Really sorry I can't help more

    Toni xx

    Thanks for your answer. It's okay, I understand. Hopefully someone around here sees this and gives me a true estimation.

    In terms of staying straight, I also think my kyphosis is postural because when I stay chest up as much as I can - no one can able to detect that I actually have kyphosis, because it looks straight(at least in my eyes). I also don't feel no pain on my middle kyphotic back. Only if I stay so much sitted somewhere then the pain goes down my lumbar lordocit area. I guess that's normal. But I'll make a picture and I'll show you how it looks when I stay straight. Thanks again.

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    Hi there

    There are quite a few of us on here that can make a decent estimation of scoliosis curvature from an X-ray, less so for kyphosis though I'm afraid and unfortunately it's not really possible from just a photo Some of our members with kyphosis might be able to give you a rough idea by comparing their own case with yours, so hopefully they'll drop by soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by GillyG View Post
    Hi there

    There are quite a few of us on here that can make a decent estimation of scoliosis curvature from an X-ray, less so for kyphosis though I'm afraid and unfortunately it's not really possible from just a photo Some of our members with kyphosis might be able to give you a rough idea by comparing their own case with yours, so hopefully they'll drop by soon
    Thanks for your comment. Hopefully other members with kyphosis are still using this site

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    Default Re: What's my curvature degree ? Any assumptions ?

    There are some out there, honest! It's been pretty quiet for the last couple of weeks because of the Easter hols, but hopefully you will get some input soon

    P.S. None of us are professionals, just volunteers with lots of experience between us
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