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Old 2nd March 2014, 02:59 PM
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Default Give me some tips to fix my postural kyphosis(pics)

I got diagnosed by physical therapist,I am studying physical therapy,when I am standing I don't look like I have kyphosis altough I have a little bit round shoulders, I don't feel no pain btw
But I want to ask some questions

1)Best exercises to fix it?
2)How to know if I am improving ,how to figure out by myself ?
3)Will I get any taller if I fix my kyphosis ?

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Old 3rd March 2014, 06:09 AM
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It looks as if you have some rounding going on by the photos but the only way to monitor spinal curves is with x-rays. Good old x-rays.

Using photos is not a method for determining spinal shape since huge curves can hide quite well. I had double 50 degree scoliosis curves 40 years ago and you couldn’t tell what kind of spine shape I had at all.

Fixing kyphosis with exercise? That’s a nice thought! .......you could lay supine (on your back) with a book under your throacic spine. Push really hard on a spine and it will move. The trick is getting it to stay there.

Scoliosis and Kyphosis are complex disorders of the spine. Physical therapists can tell you have something going on but in reality they are not qualified and I would recommend seeing your doctor for spinal x-rays. Get copies burned to disc if you can and hang onto them for the future. If things were really bad, I would see a “scoliosis specialist” since they train many years beyond your standard orthopedic surgeons. Mine trained for 19 years. They also rule out other issues(huge list) that the untrained would miss.

Many people have spinal curves....2-3% of 6 billion people is a huge number! People have also been trying to exercise and push spines since Hippocrates or before, he ran around battlefields examining spines around 400BC.

There are also many people running around with HUGE curves, I personally know a kypho who has a 100 degree kyphosis age 38, and he runs around without pain. Amazing stuff....

I grew 4 inches after my surgeries.

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Old 4th March 2014, 12:36 PM
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Hi there,

I just thought I would share my sons story regarding congenital kyphosis. He was diagnosed with a hemi vertebrae in L1 at the age of 2 we knew there was something wrong as when he started sitting out as a baby there was a definite bump on his back . He was monitored every year until puberty and then every 6 months ( he is 16 now ) his kyphosis didn't really cause him many problems until he started to grow as a teenager and then he did start to experience some pain.

He was like yourself in that when he was standing straight you really wouldn't have noticed much however when he bends like your pic his was very pronounced. I'm still a bit confused about degrees etc as our local orthopaedic hospital in Northern Ireland was saying one thing and the surgeons in London saying something completely different ( I should point out the surgeon in NI was not a scoliosis specialist )

Anyway at the minute in NI a lot of our teenagers go across to RNOH in Stanmore London to have their surgery carried out. We were seen by a surgeon from Stanmore in NI who told my son that he couldn't guarantee that the kyphosis wouldn't progress my son took the decision that he wanted it done and out of the way. We are now 2 weeks post op today and I simply cannot believe what they have done in Stanmore for Aaron . I won't tell lies it is two big procedures and is not without risk , mr Lehovsky and his team performed the surgery which was anterior/posterior although thankfully they were able to do both as one surgery. They did a corpectomy and removed the wedge shaped vertebrae and replaced it with a cage , they then fused him L2 /T12 which is quite a sort fusion. Looking at the X-rays it has just changed his back shape completely and given him about an extra inch and a half in height.

He is recovering really well and had no complications etc during his stay, he is just trying to get used to his brace now or under armour as we call it.

Please feel free to PM me if you want any further info, this site was a god send to me in the weeks running up yo Aaron's surgery
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Old 5th March 2014, 05:37 AM
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Hi Sporty

I just wanted to say that Aaron is very brave....and so are you! He had quite a specialized procedure.

Did they completely remove any vertebrae? Is there a corpectomy cage in there? I had “partial” corpectomy’s done which is where the grind out the end plates, not a complete or substantial removal as used in hemi, trauma, or gibbus deformity surgeries. My spacers are made of PEEK which cannot be seen on x-rays but they do have radiopaque location markers which can be seen. There are 3 white location dots on each lumbar level.

Would love to see his x-rays....

I hope his pain is under control.

Your sons story is why Tropical needs an x-ray. Thanks for posting.

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Old 5th March 2014, 11:33 AM
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Hi Ed,

All I can say is we are very glad to be on the other side of the op, I think it has really only hit me since we got home to N Ireland the seriousness of his op ,although the surgeons in London were very matter of fact about it and what they were going to do and that did help a bit. I'm led to believe the hemi vertebrae was completely removed and replaced with a cage then some of the " mushed up " vertebrae along with part of his rib was put into the cage . The surgeon used the term to Aaron that he had jacked him up and that's exactly what it looks like . On his before x rays the hemi was causing lordosis in his lower lumber region it has completely gone now and as I said he has gained some height now .

Thankfully his pain seems to be very well controlled although we think he does have quite a high pain threshold as he has most likely been in pain for a large part of his life and has just become accustomed to it but dear love him he never complains , I'm just so proud of him ( he was the one who made the decision at 16 that he wanted this done and sorted )

Looking at your X-rays i can't believe you have so much hardware you look like the bionic man ( do you remember that one lol ) Do you still ski ? It's something that my son really enjoys and would love to get back at some point we are all quite a sporty family ( hence the name lol ) and would love to be able to go again sometime.

Take care and thanks for posting

Ps we didn't actually get hard copies of our X-rays only photocopies which are not great quality so I'm in the process of trying to get them sent to me

Leslie
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Old 5th March 2014, 09:07 PM
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Sporty gal ,it must be difficult to be born with Congenital kyphosis glad that everything went ok with your son ,I am lucky that I have just postural kyphosis and I can fix it with some exercises

Rod Stewart thanks for the tips I've tried putting some book under my thoracic spine and looks that decompress it a little bit,I do other exercises also ,do you have any recommendation about how much reps and sets should I do?Also does anyone have any rough idea how much time it will take me to fix my kyphosis?
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we think he does have quite a high pain threshold as he has most likely been in pain for a large part of his life and has just become accustomed to it but dear love him he never complains
Oh boy....words no-one wants to hear since its not fair for kids to suffer like this. Since I went through the pain as an adult, this has a profound, deep meaning for me. Years ago on the research channel here in the states, they had a few scoliosis and kypho related programs and had this boy around the same age that was in a major jam with his spine. His spine was basically a paperclip folded over and they straightened him out. They had him up at the podium and they asked him how he felt?

His sole response was “I’m in heaven”. Wow!

We know when we are in a jam but kids have that built in survival instinct and ultra bravery that many adults lack....We are all scared to death of these surgeries, but kids have what it takes. I waited 34 years, and the timing was probably pretty darn good since surgery or extreme surgery many decades ago was a really scary prospect. I waited 34 years because of skiing but mostly because I was scared to death.

Recovery is a slow process....Kids might heal quickly, but it’s a slow heal....mental and physical. It’s a one day at a time thing, and it comes with its ups and downs just like a see-saw as we push our limits. Aaron should take it slow right now. I didn’t lift more than a dinner plate for 6 months since I knew that I only had one chance at my recovery.....Every day we go out for our short little walks, so important for body and mind.

I still ski even though I’m grounded now.....had the old wings clipped. I’m 2 years post op in this film, in the red jacket.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tEypv3Vz8o&feature=plcp

Deep breaths.....

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do you have any recommendation about how much reps and sets should I do?Also does anyone have any rough idea how much time it will take me to fix my kyphosis?
I never targeted specific muscle groups with any passion since scolis have muscle problems, and correcting a spine shape and holding it there as an adult is difficult to do. Braces push with strong forces, straighten somewhat, but after taking them off the spine returns back to its memory.

The first thing you should do is see a doctor and get those x-rays. A spine surgeon would be best, ask him about exercising for kyphosis. Perhaps one of the members here will chime in on this matter....

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Old 6th March 2014, 10:40 AM
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Wow Ed that's amazing I wish I could say our skiing is up to that standard but it's definitely not lol, I agree with you in that tropical23 should see a Dr for some X-rays as without those it's impossible to make a sound diagnosis .
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Leslie

Thanks, I like to throw that vid up every once in a while....

Would like to have some old cliff jumping vids back in my prime when I was able to turn off the “chicken” part of my brain.....People would understand fully why I have as much hardware as I do.....and my neck is also trashed probably from the tumbling of hard crashes through the years.

I know, I destroyed my spine with all that extreme physical abuse with the really hard landings. I have broken multiple pairs of skis, bindings, poles, shoulder....27 stitches in my head, been in 3 avalanches and made it on ESPN which was cool....

It was worth it.

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