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What Are My Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Kyphosis?

Kyphosis refers to an exaggerated forward curvature of the spine. It’s more than a posture issue — it often causes daily pain and discomfort. While surgery is a consideration for severe kyphosis, nonsurgical approaches can sometimes manage it effectively. 

At The Spine Institute of Southeast Texas, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Jones II specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery. Patients with kyphosis are often referred to Dr. Jones when conservative treatments have failed to provide adequate relief. Before discussing surgical options, it’s wise to explore nonsurgical treatment options. 

Physical therapy provides the foundation

Physical therapy is valuable for treating kyphosis, and it’s a good place to start. It’s especially beneficial because postural kyphosis is the most common type. A physical therapist can tailor exercises aimed at strengthening your back muscles to improve posture and potentially reduce spinal curvature. 

Enhancing flexibility, particularly in your spine and hamstrings, is another focus area that can ease kyphosis discomfort. A physical therapist can provide invaluable guidance on maintaining proper posture throughout your daily activity, a crucial element in managing kyphosis.

Pain management without surgery

Dealing with pain is often a primary concern for patients with kyphosis. Alternating between hot and cold therapy can provide relief. Heat relaxes tight muscles, while cold reduces inflammation. Additionally, therapeutic massage offers a soothing avenue to relieve muscle tension and alleviate back pain.

Lifestyle adjustments for better management

Adjusting your lifestyle can make a difference in your kyphosis symptoms. For example, ergonomic changes in your workspace ensure that your sitting posture doesn't worsen your condition. 

Keeping your weight in check can also relieve some of the stress on your spine. Regular low-impact exercises like swimming, walking, or yoga are excellent for overall fitness and spinal health.

Bracing can help

In certain cases, especially for younger patients with developing bones, bracing can be a beneficial nonsurgical option. It's most effective when started early to help in preventing the spine from curving further.

Nutritional support for bone health

Maintaining a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is essential for bone strength, which is a key part of managing kyphosis. Supplements might be necessary to achieve these nutritional goals, depending on your individual dietary needs.

Exploring alternative therapies

While they may not directly correct the curvature, alternative therapies such as acupuncture or chiropractic treatments can provide pain relief and contribute to overall well-being, complementing other treatment methods.

Scheduling a visit with Dr. Jones is a step in the right direction toward finding an effective treatment. After a thorough evaluation, he can recommend the most appropriate approach depending on your type of kyphosis and the severity of your spinal curve and symptoms. For significant spinal curves that cause serious symptoms, surgery is sometimes the best option. 

The goal is to help you get relief and improve your quality of life. To get started, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones in Pearland or Lake Jackson, Texas.

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