Hunchback is an abnormal forward curvature in the upper back. Usually causes by poor posture in childhood / daily life, such as slouching, leaning back in chairs and carrying heavy items. This can pull the thoracic vertebrae out of their normal position, resulting in kyphosis.
Poor posture in childhood, such as slouching, leaning back in chairs and carrying heavy schoolbags, can cause the ligaments and muscles that support the vertebrae to stretch. This can pull the thoracic vertebrae out of their normal position, resulting in kyphosis.
Common causes of HUNCHBACK / Kyphosis:
Kyphosis can affect people of any age. It rarely occurs in newborns since poor posture is usually the cause. Kyphosis from poor posture is called postural kyphosis. Other potential causes of kyphosis include:
aging, especially if you have poor posture
muscle weakness in the upper back
Scheuermann’s disease, which occurs in children and has no known cause
arthritis or other bone degeneration diseases
osteoporosis, or the loss of bone strength due to age
injury to the spine
scoliosis, or spinal curvature
You can prevent or improve kyphosis/hunchback by exercising regularly, avoiding slouching, using quality backpacks that evenly spread weight across your back, and participating in physical activity that improves muscle strength and function. The most important step is to seek for appropriate treatment as soon as possible.
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