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  1. #91
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    Hi Robin,
    My daughter is 14 and she has Schuermans Kyphosis with a 90 degree curve with a slight Scoliosis to the right. She is due to have surgery in June, she suffers a lot with pain though. Like you in her kneck, shoulders and lower back, the docs have just put her on Tramadol which is really strong but it does help her, but its affecting school as its a sedative so it's not really ideal but she can't get through a school day without it.Do you take pain killers? It's great to chat to someone with Kyphosis as everyone seems to suffer with Scoliosis. Take care jo xx

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    Hi Jo! I am sorry to hear your daughter is also suffering a lot of pain, but I am glad she is due to have surgery and that she is still young enough to recover quickly. I am nervous about surgery, but I am pretty confident that it will greatly reduce my amount of pain. How long has she been taking painkillers? I do not usually take any, as I have almost "gotten used to" living in pain, I guess. But I do sometimes have to take sleeping pills to fall asleep because it is so hard to get comfortable at night. If you or your daughter ever want to talk, feel free to private message me! I am new to this forum, but I have found it is really helping me so far. You are right, it is nice to talk to people who understand and deal with the same things you are dealing with. Take care!

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    Hi Robin

    I have kyphoscoliosis, but no idea what my curves measure anymore. I'm glad you've found us.
    Born 1981 with Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele. Surgery to close lesion at birth. Anterior fusion T11-L5 aged 12. Laminectomy June 06. Posterior fusion with instrumenation T8-T11. Degenerative Disc C4/C5

    Under the care of Jeremy Fairbank.

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    My dorsal hyperkyphosis. right side

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    Hi, my first post here...it is good not to be alone...
    looking at these pictures, I was especially impressed with Dave's head and shoulder alignment. He does have a somewhat pronounced kyphosis, but otherwise seems to be perfectly fit: I wonder if the head and shoulder alignment is achievable regardless of kyphosis. I believe I have a pretty much similar curve but my head is way too far ahead, and the shoulders are very rounded. If I can fix that, I would be more than happy. Anyone, any thoughts on rounded shoulder fix, despite the curved back?
    Thank you in advance...maybe I will feel more comfortable about sharing pictures in the future, but not just yet.
    best regards,
    ron

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    I've a scheuermanns kyphosis... my back looks like this. What do you think?

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    Hi little_star, I'm not sure what's happened, as I've looked at the address for the image as well and can't make sense of it, but your image isn't showing. There's a sticky in the Common Room called Hosting and posting pictures that explains ways of being able to share your image, so if you can do that hopefully we can give you some feedback

    Ron - welcome to SSo! This may well be telling you stuff you already know, but with kyphosis, as with scoliosis, a curve will have a structural element and a postural element. The structural element is fixed, it can only be improved by structural alteration of your back, ie surgery. However, the postural element can certainly be altered over a period of time with the correct exercises. It's pretty much impossible to say, without proper medical investigation, how much potential a curve has to be improved, and in honesty in most cases it's only going to be a very small amount. However, that doesn't prevent it being worthwhile!

    As you've noted, despite the curvature, Dave's shoulders were well positioned, and his head carriage is good. Unless your curve is very high up, and pretty rigid into the neck, these are things you may have some scope to improve. I can also tell you, as someone who struggles with forward head carriage, and forward positioning of my shoulders, that the tendinitis I have suffered in both shoulders as a result of chronic minor injury and misuse from the positioning, has been more or less sorted out by doing some exercises that assist in shoulder mobility, and the positioning of them.

    I'd recommend trying to get a decent physio assessment, ideally from a spinal extended scope physio. A qualified sports therapist could also be a good option if you can't find an extended scope physio (there aren't too many around). The things you'll likely be looking to do are to exercise the rhomboids (the muscles between the shoulder blades - these help to pull the shoulders back, and strength in the rhomboids helps prevent you injuring your shoulders due to forward carriage), and to stretch out areas around the shoulder. The bits most likely to need stretching are where the latissimus muscle attaches to the shoulder girdle (the lat is the big muscle that runs diagonally from the shoulder down into the small of your back), and where the pectoral muscles attach to the shoulder girdle - this one may well be especially important as chronically shortened pecs, which are also often weak, helps pull the shoulders forward. Stretching this out can help to maximise the benefits of working on your rhomboids, as the pecs won't fight this any more.

    The other thing is to examine how you're using your abdominal muscles. Not all of us use them particularly effectively - for example, if I was asked to pull my stomach in, the muscle I naturally activated to do this was the rectus abdominis - the six pack muscle. Turns out this doesn't do much other than give you a nice cosmetic six pack - it doesn't give your core any great stability, and over-exercising it (for example, doing classic crunches and leg raises in an attempt to get good abs) tends to shorten it, which can actually increase the appearance of a kyphosis. The ones you want to be targetting and working out how to use are your transverse and lateral abs.

    Basically, even with no change in the size of the curvature, it *may* be possible to get improvement in appearance by sorting out the abs, stretching out the chest, and strengthening the back of the shoulders a bit, and the best bit is that as long as you get some good advice on what exactly to do to achieve this, at the very least you're probably going to feel better physically

    Hope that helps a bit, and I can certainly share with you the few exercises that I do, but it's definitely best to get some proper hands on help, to ensure that you really are stretching the bits you want to, and activating the muscles you want to.
    Diagnosed at 15 with 50 curve, but probably juvenile IS. Fused in kyphosis (by non-specialised ortho) with a/p surgery T10-L2 @ 21, posterior only revision surgery to correct kyphosis @ 29. Now 38 with further revision surgery and extension of fusion to sacrum required to correct residual kyphosis, restore lordosis and address spinal stenosis.

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    Hi Rondo,

    Your back looks a lot like mine does. About the neck, mine is similar too (it is cervical (neck) kyphosis in my case, maybe yours too? Like compressed discs and whatnot as well). You're not alone! How old are you? It depends on what kind of kyphosis and your age if it can be fixed non surgically

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    Here are some pics of me (sorry for the dirty mirror! cleaning that tonight lol!)

    I really hate how I look. I have tiny arms (is this normal with kyphosis?) when compared to the hump of my back and the protruding ribs.. when I wear clothes I look weird because the clothes hang off of my ribs and rounded back making me look strange with the thin arms... also my neck is terribly curved so I have always felt so ashamed of my profile. Wanted to share anyway though..






    XRAYS of my neck (mines on the left)
    http://oi57.tinypic.com/rlcnzp.jpg

    XRAYS of spine:
    http://oi57.tinypic.com/2q1ar8o.jpg

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    apologize for the confusion...that's not my back, belongs to someone else who shared it in this thread before...mine looks very similar, though...except I am out of shape, and also 20 years older than you guys!
    What I am hoping to achieve is pull my neck back to where it belongs. I can do it when I force it...so working on those muscles. If I can do that, my back will be much less annoying to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by kotatsu View Post
    Hi Rondo,

    Your back looks a lot like mine does. About the neck, mine is similar too (it is cervical (neck) kyphosis in my case, maybe yours too? Like compressed discs and whatnot as well). You're not alone! How old are you? It depends on what kind of kyphosis and your age if it can be fixed non surgically

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